Perfect 10 for Knutsford in the sun as newboys shine! – video report included.
Knutsford 2s continued their impressive end of season form on saturday versus Whitchurch 3rds at Mere Heath Lane with a 62-7 victory. Knutsford won the game by 10 tries to 1 with kiwi fullback MacDonald grabbing 3, Tom Fuller grabbing his first try for the club, Adam Kelly again grabbing 2, and McGarrigle, McGuinness, Clawson and Thompson grabbing one each. 6 tries were converted.
The game was a little stop start due to Whitchurch turning up with men short which lead to a little reshuffling by Knutsford, who themselves we’re forced into four last minute changes due to saturday morning call ups to the first team. It’s diffucult to say that it was a good team performance by Knutsford, but given the continual lineup changes that can be forgiven. The game was marked however by a teamful of great individual performances as Knutsford to a man outplayed their opposite numbers.
A joint man of the match award was granted to Tom Fuller on his 2nd appearance for the club at outside centre and debutant Chris Shepard at 2nd row. Both look good additions to the club with youngster Fuller, twin brother of utility forward Matt Fuller, ran great lines and made great yardage and Shepard adding height and bulk to the 2nds row rucking and tackling well.
Matt Fuller jumping for the first time in the lineout lept like a spawning samon return home up river. McGuiness looked as probingly dangerous as ever and the veteran frontrow combination of Brampton, Andrews and Barrie did the donkey work and won great ball for the Knutsford backs marshalled by Kelly to run the young Whitchurch side ragged. Youngster Bob Hamilton showed promise as he moved to 10 at the end of the game to set up the final score for best pal Nic Clawson.
All on all it was a beautiful saturday at Mere Heath Lane perfect for running rugby which is exactly what the scratch Knutsford side produced. In the end greater team work would have produced more tries, but given the circumstances and the lineup changes it was good performance. Next weeks sees the season’s finale with the local derby versus Maccesfield 4s at Mere Heath Lane – a lovely way to end an inconsistent season. KO 3pm.
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