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19 October 2013
Blackburn 36 Tarleton 6
This Saturday Tarleton travelled the relatively short distance to Blackburn RUFC to try and get back to winning ways. This was not going to be an easy fixture as Blackburn are unbeaten at home and would be a tough nut to crack.
Several absentees meant a re-shuffle in the pack and the backs but on paper it still looked a strong squad that Tarleton had assembled.
The first 10 minutes were an even affair but were marred by Kyrie having to leave the field after being punched and knocked out in an off the ball incident that was missed by the referee, shortly followed by Graham Marshall who pulled a hamstring.
This left Steve Wood with a re-shuffle to organise and with the subs available Tarleton found themselves with a hooker and a flanker on either wing! However, this didn’t seem to affect the way Tarleton were playing but despite some good runs from both forwards and backs they couldn’t puncture the Blackburn Defence.
Neither side could seem to break through and the scoring was limited to penalties only with Tarleton converting two thanks to the boot of Aiden Miller and Blackburn replied with 1 following a penalty against Tarleton for being offside at the breakdown.
Blackburn then seemed to up their game and almost went over in the corner but some last ditch defensive tackling by Tarleton kept them out. The pressure continued to be applied and eventually Blackburn, due to quick re-cycling, found the gap and crashed over to score.
From the re-start the Tarleton kick was chased down by Liam Thompson who made good headway into the Blackburn 22 before he was brought down illegally. The penalty was pulled just wide of the upright and the half time score was 8-6 to Blackburn.
The talk was positive at half time but everyone knew that there were very few options left to Tarleton and they would have to continue playing with players in the wrong positions. However, from the kick off they were awarded another penalty and one of the Blackburn players was sin-binned for killing the ball. The penalty also went wide and the sin-binning of one of their players seemed to spur Blackburn on to an even faster paced game. They had realised that they could out- pace the Tarleton defence by utilising their speedy winger and full-back and started to throw the ball wide on every occasion. This tactic worked well for them and basically for the last 20 minutes of the game they scored 3 tries using it and for good measure also scored two push over tries utilising their bigger forwards against Tarletons’ tiring and overworked defence.
The final score was 36-6 to Blackburn who were worthy winners but Tarleton had played well and the score should have been closer.
5 October 2013
Tarleton 17 Hawcoat Park 31
Tarleton welcomed Hawcoat Park RUFC to Carr lane on Saturday a team brimming with confidence after a 4 straight maximum point victories under their belts leaving them at the top of the table.
Still with a few first choice players unavailable Tarleton put out their strongest side available and were ready for the challenge. The first 10 minutes of the game was disrupted by... constant penalties being awarded to both sides and Hawcoat Park were playing a positional game happily booting the ball downfield into touch to clear their lines on several occasions. It was Tarleton who drew first blood though, a clearance kick was gathered by Matt Forrest who charged at the upcoming Hawcoat defensive line and he slipped a good pass to Max Skofic who danced through the Hawcoat defence to score a good try and the conversion gave Tarleton a 7-0 advantage.
Hawcoat Park were then put under some severe pressure by Tarleton but despite being camped on their line for 10 minutes they could not score. Hawcoat Park continued to kick for position and almost created a good chance with a deft kick that just ran too far. From the22 drop out Hawcoat knocked on and Tarleton then proceeded to lose their own scrum and the Hawcoat No. 8 picked up and gave a good pass for his centre to score under the posts and the score was level with 25minutes gone.
Tarleton continued to pressurise and a promising break by George Skofic saw a well timed pass to Archie Skofic who made it into the Hawcoat 22 and with support coming up the Hawcoat defender dived over to kill the ball and stop the opportunity to scire in its tracks. A penalty was given and this was slotted by Elliot Burton and Tarleton led again at 10-7.
The next 15 minutes up to half time was all Hawcoat as they attacked the Tarleton defence from all angles. The defence held firm until the last minute of the half when a good tackle had put the Hawcoat winger into touch just short of the line and from a bad line out Tarleton gifted the ball and a try to Hawcoat who were more than happy to go in at half time with a 14-10 lead.
This try seemed to affect Tarleton and in the first minutes of the second half Hawcoat took advantage of some sloppy play and their No.15 collected a kicked through ball and found a gap in the Tarleton line to score a good individual try. At 19-10 down Tarleton stepped up a gear and within 5 minutes had pulled the score back to 19-17 with a good try in the corner for Max Skofic’s second of the day.
19-17 down and all to play for, but it was Hawcoat Park who finished the stronger and they ran in 2 good tries that left Tarleton’s challenge in tatters.
This was a good performance against a very well drilled and fit side that possibly could have been closer if Tarleton had managed to turn their possession in Hawcoat’s 22 into points.
Next week they travel to Aspatria which will be another hard game against another of the top four in the league.
7 September 2013
Tarleton 28 Whitehaven 0
Tarleton started their 2013- 2014 Season in the North Lancs & Cumbria League with a home match against Whitehaven RUFC.
This was to be a test for the first team and a chance for them to see if they could compete at this higher level. Whitehaven came with a much larger pack than Tarleton possess but it didn’t seem to phase the Tarleton defence as all their hard running forwards were brought to ea.rth with a bang, well several bangs actually. The firsts 10 minutes saw both sides probing each others defences for a weakness and it was Whitehaven that cracked first when from some good forward play the ball was released to Ben Kelly who made good ground before flipping an inside pass to George Skofic who also made good yardage before being brought down short of the line. Fortunately, Jack Skofic was on hand to scoop up the ball and crash full length over the line to open the scoring.
Whitehaven came back strongly and put Tarleton under pressure but despite being awarded two kickable penalties failed to convert them.
Whitehaven had the advantage of a strong wind behind them and they used it well penning Tarleton into their own 22 for long spells, however Tarleton ran the ball out of defence well and from a line out in the Whitehaven half the ball was quickly spread wide and George Skofic scored a good individual try despite the attention of 3 Whitehaven defenders.
This was followed by another good backs try with some slick handling on display. The ball was moved along the line and back again pulling the Whitehaven defence apart and allowing Will Fell to crash over in the corner to take the half time lead to 15-0.
The second half was fairly similar to the first and even after Tarleton lost a player to the bin they were determined not to let Whitehaven cross the whitewash. Another good run by George Skofic resulted in a penalty that was slotted by Jamal to take Tarleton into an 18-0 lead.
Good interplay between Max Skofic and Archie Skofic resulted in a converted Tarleton try and a final penalty from Jamal saw the final score as a 28-0 victory. A great start for the Firsts and with the Second XV beating Wigan RUFC in their first match of the season Tarleton couldn’t have asked for a better start.
4 September 2013
Tarleton 29 St Edwards Old Boys 7
Tarleton’s 2013-2014 campaign got underway on Saturday with a first round cup match against St. Edwards Old Boys at Carr Lane.
The squad system, worked on through the Summer, came into its own when it was discovered that many players were unavailable for selection and due to their attendance at training a number of players were elevated to represent the club in this fixture.
The first half perform...ance sealed a comprehensive victory with some well worked tries resulting from forward dominance and some good moves from the backs worked on in training.
The 29-5 scoreline could have been improved on but Tarletons’ game plan was disrupted in the second half by too many players being sucked in to confrontation and the final 40 minutes of the game was not for the purists as players were sin binned and too many penalties resulted in a period of play that never got going.
Still, it was a good performance and Tarleton await the draw to see who they meet in Round 2.
Second XV (The Nomads)
12 October 2013
Tarleton 78 Leigh 5
Tarleton Second XV were up against Leigh at home this week and put out a good squad to try and end their unbeaten run. Leigh turned up with only 13 players so, in order to play 15 man rugby, Tarleton volunteered Brad Jones to play for them! From the start of the game it was clear that Leigh were desperate to keep the ball in the forwards as Tarletons’ younger backs and the extra man was going to cause them problems if the ball could be used properly.
With 5 minutes gone the Tarleton pack won a scrum against the head and Matt Lewis flung the ball wide to Jordan Dawson who ran in the first of his four tries of the afternoon. Tarleton then played some more good rugby but spurned two good chances to score by not making the final pass which would have seen either winger in.
A penalty was converted 10 minutes in Tarleton then scored a few quick tries with the first being created by some swift passing by the backs and some good lines being run which resulted in a Joe Bullen try under the posts. The next was one that won’t be repeated often when Lee Waddell received the ball at pace to run almost 40 metres and throw an outrageous dummy to the Leigh full-back before crossing the whitewash to score.
Following that, a scrum in the Leigh 22 saw Matt Lewis and Sam Cleaver run a well worked move to bamboozle the Leigh defence and saw Sam score a good try.
The score was 31-0 with 18 minutes of the first half remaining and from the re-start the ball was caught by Kyri who flipped a pass to John Pearce who laid the ball off to Jordan Dawson who burst through the gap to score his second.
Leigh put 10 minutes of pressure on Tarleton but their defence held firm and an interception by Lee Booth and a good rum saw yet another try to Tarleton who were playing some really well structured rugby. Leigh came back again but the ball was lost in Tarleton’s 22 and a good cross kick was collected by Jordan Dawson who just had to run in to score his hat-trick. This was the last score of the half and saw Tarleton dominating the proceedings with a 52-0 lead.
The second half saw Tarleton make several changes and from a poor kick off by Leigh the scrum back saw J.T. pass the ball to Lee Booth who cut back in and threw a long pass out to Phil Campion who broke through 3 tackles to score. Further tries from Jordan Dawson a, Ollie Parsons (First competitive try for the club) and a second for Phil Campion saw Tarleton 78-0 up and it fell to Leigh to score the final points of the game with a consolation try to leave the final score 78-5.
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