Match Reports

Saturday 16th December

Workington 24  Furness  27

   Furness signed off 2017 in some style with a terrific victory over the enthusiastic Zebra's at the Ellis Ground. Unfortunately the array of festive excuses offered up by players who would not travel up the coast forced the blues to make numerous changes however for those who donned the blue and white had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

    Furness started the brighter of the two sides and it was evident that they did not possess a designated goal kicker as penalty chances were squandered. Workington were a little predictable with their tactics as Furness wrapped up their bug runners, Corne Els, Will and Joe Mallinson putting in some good defensive work. Prop Dan Scott burst through the home defence to show them how it should be done and from the resulting ruck Furness moved the ball blind to find full back Alex Brown joining the line and opening the scoring.

    Rhys Studt went close following the re-start as Furness drove back into the Workington ranks. The Furness scrum improved as the match went on and Els robbed the ball to set up try number two with Dillan Taputu driving over the line.

   After the break Studt took the match to the home 5m line setting up a second try for Taputu who took his opportunity in style. Complacency was a greater threat than Workington and so it proved as the home side hit back with a converted try, 7-15. The hard working Craig McKinnon and Steve Neale helped Furness back into the Workington half and Joe Mallinson thought he had crossed the line after a great drive but it was left to his brother, Will, to pick a great line for the blues’ fourth try.

    At 7-20 and 15 minutes remaining that should have been game set and match however Workington hit back with a converted try before centre Rhys Humphries backed up a great move involving Brown, Studt and Jordan Ashton. With 22 metres to go Humphries stepped on the gas, stepping outside and then inside to bamboozle the Workington defence and power over the line for the try of the game. Ashton converted and Furness stretched their lead to 12-27.

   Workington hit back with a try that looked like a consolation however Brown incurred the wrath of the excellent referee, Martin Denvir, who showed the only yellow card of the game.     With only 5 minutes left Workington had a chance of an unlikely victory and promptly closed the gap to only 3 points with a converted try. Furness held their nerve and forced an error to take the final scrum of the game and close out the match, 24-27.

   An excellent afternoon for the blues, all 15 players worked their socks off in a thoroughly entertaining game of rugby. Workington deserve credit for not giving up on a lost cause and also for their fine hospitality after the match as they produced a full Christmas meal for the players and officials. On this form and commitment from those who bothered to travel Furness should look optimistically to 2018.