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Widnes RU 35, Anselmians 10

REVITALISED Widnes signed off their South Lancs Cheshire One home campaign with a flourish.

REVITALISED Widnes signed off their South Lancs Cheshire One home campaign with a flourish.

On this form, do not bet against them surprising high-flying Wirral on Saturday, April 14.

Widnes' forwards were terrific in the first half and Kevin Leadbetter opened the account with two penalty kicks inside the first 15 minutes before sending Andy Riley under the posts. A successful conversion meant Widnes led 13-0.

And the lead was stretched on the half hour when scrum-half Andy O'Neill took a quick tap penalty and raced 50 metres before the ball was recycled quickly enough for Kevin Leadbetter to cross.

MoM O'Neill scored straight from a set move to leave Wids 23-0 up at half-time.

Anselmians finally opened their account when centre Pilgrim pulled a try back.

But O'Neill's half break saw the ball carried on by Kevin Farrow who fed stand-off Phil Glover for a Widnes try.

After No8 Evans had scored Anselmians' second from close range, in-form centre Gareth Riley sold a double dummy to cross from 40m.

Coach Lee McDermott said: 'This was probably one of our best team performances of the season - we scored some great tries and every one of the players turned in a top-class effort.'

Moore 10 Liverpool Collegiate 20: With Moore still battling for survival and Collegiate looking to confirm promotion this was always going to be a hard-fought game.

Playing up hill, against the wind, and into the sun, got the game underway hoping to avenge a previous mauling by their visitors.

However the visitors started with more desire and commitment.

After conceding an unconverted try - the kick being charged down - Moore went close from a difficult penalty by Christie, standing in for injured full-back Bradbury.

Collegiate's well-drilled pack started and they ran in another try for a 10-point lead.

Reardon, Cunningham and Flemming took Moore close before a penalty in front of the posts saw Griffiths narrow the gap.

More strong forward play from Collegiate led to their third try. The conversion gave them a 17-point cushion.

The second half saw Moore up their aggression. They began to hold their own in the scrums and varied the lineout to win more ball.

The home forwards also took the ball on in the loose with fine play from MoM Hallsworth and good running from prop Ferguson.

This increased workrate from the forwards gave the backs a platform to launch a fine flowing move for Flemming to score under the posts.

The conversion brought the home side to within seven points with half an hour to go.

The final 30 minutes saw both teams cancel each other out in most areas of the park. Collegiate were to be the only team to add - with a simple penalty goal.

Moore need a result at Holmes Chapel to be sure of remaining in South Lancs-Cheshire Three. Widnes 3rd 20 Sandbach 3rd 10: Widnes turned in a real blood-and-guts effort to complete the a double over Sandbach.

It was a fitting tribute to club stalwart and president elect, Ivor Lewis, who celebrated his 65th birthday in style.

The home side found themselves under siege for long periods but showed plenty of determination to grab victory.

Sandbach and their outstanding pack took the initiative with an early try, before centre Jon Witter replied for Widnes from a sweeping m ove.

Ten minutes later, powerful wing forward Joe Clark raced in from 20m along the touchline to give Widnes a first-time lead.

Sandbach levelled with a try from close range, before Gavin Hatton's outstanding zig-zag run ended in a try which gave Widnes back the advantage.

As Sandbach piled on the pressure, Widnes responded once again, and replacement Sam Burger sealed the win with a late try.

 

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