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TRAFFORD MV 32 LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 50

Liverpool St Helens travelled to previously unbeaten league leaders Trafford MV looking to continue their good form, having recovered from a poor start with two recent wins.

They did just that with a powerful display of route one rugby from a cohesive forwards unit which proved more than their opposition could handle.

LSH got off to a great start in the first 25 minutes with a tremendous hat-trick of tries from winger Alex McBride, showing the home side a clean pair of heels on each occasion, two of which began in the opposition’s half.  Trafford had replied with two penalties and then registered their first try soon after to reduce the arrears to 11-17. LSH went further ahead through Number 8 Dan Webster from a push over try before the home side hit back again just before the break for an 18-24 scoreline.

LSH then totally dominated the next 30 minutes of the second half, scoring four unanswered tries to bring up a half century of points. Matt Cunliffe crossed after good work from Paddy Royle; Darren Wilson ghosted past a static Trafford defence; Dan Webster notched his second by stretching out to touch down from close range and Dave Cunliffe celebrated his 80 minute stint with a fine try after good work down the left flank. 18-50.

Would that the game had ended there.  The home side hit back with a try of their own before a seemingly innocuous sequence of play saw skipper Darren Wilson red carded for foul play to take the edge off a good afternoon’s work for the Moss Laners.

This was followed by another Trafford try to earn them a bonus point and obviously proved too much for the home side’s scoreboard operator who had insisted all afternoon on adding the conversion points onto the board before the kick, and then removing them when missed, as the result officially passed through by the home side ended up being 2 too many. Not a big issue but it is the second time in five games that, under the new system, our opposition have officially reported the wrong score.   

Team

15 Morris 14 McBride 13 Cunliffe M 12 Cunliffe 11 Zaki 10 McClurg 9 Wilson; 1 Gore 2 Houlton  3 Fryer 4 Donlevy A

5 Hall 6 Royle 7 Thompson 8 Webster ; 16 Heywood 17 Ward 18 Parkes 19 Donlevy J


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