Match Reports

Saturday 7th April

Furness 30 - 23 Workington

   After last week's impressive victory at Windermere it would have been reasonable to expect Furness to go into yesterday's fixture against Workington with some confidence. It was however a much changed side that took to the field in murky conditions against a useful looking Workington side well supported from the touchline. After a slow start Furness captain Els in his more accustomed back row position made a 50 metre break from broken play being stopped just short of the line. From the ensuing play a loose Workington clearance saw Studt gather the ball 50 metres out and, after a typically mazy run, go over in the bottom corner for the first points of the afternoon. Guy narrowly missed the difficult conversion attempt. Twelve minutes gone and Furness five points to the good.

    A converted penalty to Workington three minutes later reduced the gap to two points with Guy restoring the Furness lead a few minutes later with his first successful kick of the day. Both sides were now well into their stride and whilst Workington had a couple of forceful runners none were looking more dangerous than Furness prop Venter playing out of position on the flank. As they did last week at Windermere Furness were looking particularly dangerous in broken play and it was another moment of individual brilliance that saw Studt replicate his earlier effort with a second try this time under the sticks for an easy conversion. Twenty minutes gone, Furness 15 Workington 3.

    Workington hadn't come to make up the numbers however and whilst their back line didn't look particularly threatening they had more than enough men out wide to go over for their first try off the day in the clubhouse corner. A well taken conversion reduced the Furness lead to five points with half time approaching. Furness were by now starting to look a little ragged round the edges and it was no surprise when Workington levelled the scores with a try under the posts. The straightforward conversion attempt proved too much for the Workington hooker, leaving it all square at 15 all as the half time whistle blew.

    Furness started the second half a lot more brightly than they had finished the first and soon restored their lead when Els delicately (two words you never thought you'd see in the same sentence) kicked through for Studt to touch down millimetres from the ball being out of play. A hat-trick for Studt and a five point lead for Furness. A successful Workington penalty reduced the deficit to two points and with Furness starting to look a bit wobbly Workington took full advantage by scoring their third try of the day in the bottom corner to give them the lead for the first time. Furness 20 Workington 23. The heavy conditions were taking their toll by now so it was some surprise when Furness ran the ball from their own 22 and an even greater surprise when winger Hayward took a try scoring pass to just about fall over the try line for Furness's fourth and bonus point try. Furness 25 Workington 23 with 8 minutes left on the clock and anyone's game. Furness supporters' nerves were eventually calmed a few minutes later when the hard working Taputu went over for a well taken try in the clubhouse corner. The missed conversion gave Furness a seven point lead which they never relinquished.  Final score Furness 30 Workington 23.

    A good performance from Furness with a number of contenders for man of the match, with Regan, Taputu and Studt standing out. Furness captain Els took the honours however beating the Workington captain in the post match drink off. Next up, next Saturday Upper Eden at home with the visitors needing to win to ensure top spot in the league. With the Old Farts sponsoring the game it promises to be a good day.