ESL: Round 4 Results

ESL: Round 4 Results

Post by Vibrating Bum-Faced Goa » Tue, 16 Apr 1996 04:00:00

Sorry about the delay folks but I figured it might be more useful if I
make the match reports a bit more comprehensive and add a few notes
about Division One and Division Two. I've also started to compile top
scorers lists for Super League but I can't promise I'll be able to do
that every week. Naturally all this is going to take a bit more effort
so I won't be posting here or on the Web site until Monday night /
Tuesday morning from here on in.


Super League

Friday Night

Warrington 16 - 10 Halifax Bluesox
     Warrington: T - Forster, Henare; G - Harris 4
     Halifax: T - Amone, W Jackson; G - Schuster
     HT: 4 -4
     Att: 3,721

A good advert for winter rugby this one. The mud was a few inches deep
in the middle of the pitch before the game had even started and it
would probably have been called off had it not been the Friday night
televised match. By the end of the night the whole thing had turned
into something of a lottery.

Having seen three of the four Halifax games this season I can offer no
explanation for their lack of points so far. Considering the
conditions on Friday night, which neither club will have trained for
after a dry week leading up to the game, both clubs played a fairly
open brand of football with a fairly low error count in the
circumstances. Good bits of skill led to all the tries with ***age
Koha-Love of Warrington and a neat flick pass from Moriarty of Halifax
being particularly impressive for me but it was otherwise a
forgettable night. Roll on the summer.

Saturday Night

Oldham Bears 25 - 16 Leeds
     Oldham: T - Crompton 2, Atcheson, Patmore; G - Maloney; DG -  
     Leeds: T - Iro, Fallon; G - Holdroyd 2
     HT: 10 - 6
     Att: 3,350

The misery continues for Leeds after a game much closer than the
scoreline suggests was eventually won by an improving Oldham side.
Oldham shot in to the lead on 6 minutes through a Paul Atcheson try
converted by Francis Maloney. With some big hits coming in from an
awesome Oldham defence Leeds seemed reluctant to carry the ball up and
it was only a matter of time before Oldham were in again.

On 21 minutes Barrie McDermott was brought on and the Leeds defence
began to tighten but not enough to hold Oldham out for a third first
half try. Extra stiffness in defence seemed to give the visitors heart
however and the pressure eventually told with Fallon using his bulk to
crash over in the corner.

The pressure on Oldham slowly built into the second half and the
Loiners were back in the game trailing by 1 point at 17 - 16. It was
then that Leeds full-back Anthony Gibbons was sin-binned for
ball-stealing when tackling an Oldham player on his own, something
which is now allowed in the new Super League rules. The effect was
disastrous for Leeds and Oldham went on to bag another 8 points before
the whistle.

Sunday Afternoon / Night

Castleford Tigers 10 - 28 Wigan
     Castleford: T - T.Smith; G - Goddard 3
     Wigan: T - Farrell, Robinson, Smythe, Paul, Connolly; G - Farrell

     HT: 10 - 6
     Att: 7,985

I couldn't make the afternoon trip across to Knowesly Road this week
so I went to the evening game at Wheldon Road instead. I wasn't
dissapointed when Castleford played their classic game plan of
throwing the ball across the field all-night and tackling their hearts
out when the opposition were in possession. Wigan also played to their
own well-worn script by playing an average but competitive game in the
first-half and then blitzing the opposition for the first twenty
minutes after the restart. A bit of gamesmanship which Castlefored
walked right into eventually secured the points after trailing at

Cas' were on fire in the first half with Tuuta and Tony Smith in
particular causing a lot of damage to Wigan up the middle of the
field. Crucially though, and despite many chances, only Tony Smith
managed to get over the line. Had they scored half the tries they
bombed in the first half the game would have been over by the break.

Early in the second half Henry Paul started to find some room and had
a hand in every second half try, most of which came when Cas' were
down to 12 men. The sucker punch came when Wigan were awarded a
penalty for ball stealing with two men in the tackle. Connolly
immediately tapped the ball and ran straight into the Cas' players who
hadn't managed to retire the ten metres and Nathan Sykes was
sin-binned as a result. Wigan never looked back from then on.

St.Helens 26 - 20 Bradford Bulls
     St.Helens: T - Arnold, Gibbs, Newlove, Perilini; G - Goulding 5
     Bradford: T - Calland 3, Sales; G - McNamara 2
     HT: 24 - 8
     Att: 10,010

Well, it was billed as a Wembley rehersal and judging by the radio
coverage I heard if the cup final in two weeks time is half as good
then we're heading for a classic show-piece match. As Bradford coach
Brian Smith said after the game, "If this is what Super League offers
we are going to have to start shutting the gates, it was an
outstanding game and players from both sides deserve credit".

Both sides had a good first half with Bradford letting themselves down
through silly penalties. An early bomb at the end of Saints second set
saw former-Saint Paul Loughlin and Jon Scales fail to gather the ball
which was spun out to Danny Arnold who went over for his tenth Super
League try and a near confirmation of a Wembley shirt. Gibbs then
powered through some ineffective tackling for the second Saints try
and with Goulding converting both tries, Bradford looked down and out
before Matt Calland managed to claw, or hoof, the Bulls back into the
game. When Saints prop Apollo Perlini showed the pace of a three
quarter for his sixty yard try, Jon Scales went over from short range
and Paul Newlove got his first try against his former club in injury
time and the first half scoring was complete.

Saints were 24 - 8 in front at the break and a rout looked on the
cards, but the second half was all one way traffic from Bradford.
Calland, who improves with every game, grabbed his second try but
again, Cook was unable to convert. Bradford then proceeded to bomb
three tries which would have given the score an unrespectable edge for
Saints and one whoch would have flattered Bradford on their overall
game performance. First Graham Bradley threw a shocking pass to winger
Jon Scales which shot over his head on the Saints goal-line. The
second came from Brian McDermott as he dropped the ball, and he
deserved to from the way he was carrying it, on the Saints line with
the only Saints player in sight*** on to his ankles. Finally,
James Lowes was in control of the ball until it was an inch off the
ground in the in-goal area when a sudden lack of gravity seemed to
snatch it out of his hands (You can mock but the TV replay clearly
shows that was what happened :). Eventually the pressure told as
Calland completed his hat trick and with Paul Cook off with an injury,
McNamara kicked the first Bulls goal of the match on 72 minutes. A
penalty goal for Bradford, again from McNamara, edged them within four
points but the Nickle incident described below gave two points to
Saints and with a minute left on the clock only a maximum of one
championship point was feasible for Bradford.

A mainly good natured match was not without its share of controversy.
Vila Matautia led with the elbow when carrying the ball up and was
sent off immediately. He now faces an anxious wait at the judiciary on
Tuesday with anything more than a one match ban ruling him out of a
repeat match at Wembley in two weeks. Simon Knox, on the receiving end
of the elbow, was then carried off and Bradford, having used all their
substitutes, made a seventh interchange which they would be allowed
under international rules (the replacement being made for a player
unable to carry on due to the foul play of a member of the opposition)
but not under domestic competition rules. That incident led to Brian
Smith having an official complaint made against him by the extra
official. Finally Sonny Nickle threw a number of would-be tacklers
from him fairly but followed through as only he can on the third would
be tackler. The referee didn't see the incident and so he is now on
report pending a viewing of the video by the judiciary. Both Nickle
and Matautia could now miss Wembley and Brian Smith may yet face a
hefty fine for what was an important game for both clubs even without
the Wembley conotations. The atmosphere and occasion of the big day
will proably give us a different game entirely but with half the
e***ment of this classic it should be a good day out for all.

Sheffield Eagles 34 - 18 London Broncos
     Sheffield: T - Senior 2, Garcia, Sheridan, McAllister, Broadbent;

                G - Aston 5
     London: T - Gill, Matterson, Smith; G - Matterson 3
     HT: 12 - 12
     Att: 3,888

It seems Sheffield for once are living up to their ability and
starting the season from the beginning rather than half-way through.
After a close cut encounter with London, a side many will struggle
to knock down this season, one wonders what they have to do to get the
crowds through the turnstiles.

The Eagles drew first *** with with Keith Senior going over for a
well worked try in the third minute but London, after a failed
intercept from Lynton Stott on the last tackle, London were gifted an
extra set and eventually a try from five yards to level the scoring.
London continued to show good work and were unfortunate to concede a
try to Garcia on 20 minutes. Terry Matterson managed to level the
scoring with his own converted try four minutes before half time
to send them in level at the break.

With two quick converted tries for either side early on in the second
half brought them level again at 18-all but when Johnny Lawless went
70 metres from acting half-back to be dragged down five metres short
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ESL: Round 4 Results

Post by Matt Collin » Wed, 17 Apr 1996 04:00:00

>   *  Bramley 62 - 10 Chorley C

Chorley are billing themselves as the 'Magpies' this season,BTW. I'm not
even going to attempt to offer a comment as to why.




ESL: Round 4 Results

Post by Paul McNall » Wed, 17 Apr 1996 04:00:00

>Salford are
>likely to struggle away to Wakefield in Round 5...

Er, why?:)

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ESL: Round 4 Results

Post by Vibrating Bum-Faced Goa » Sat, 20 Apr 1996 04:00:00


>>   *  Bramley 62 - 10 Chorley C
>                               =
>Chorley are billing themselves as the 'Magpies' this season,BTW. I'm not
>even going to attempt to offer a comment as to why.

I suppose if you were to have a quick count of heads you'd find more
Magpies in Chorley than you would Chieftans.

Didn't Kevin Tamati once play for Western Suburbs? That might explain


ESL: Round 4 Results

Post by Chris Woo » Sun, 21 Apr 1996 04:00:00

In a message of 19 Apr 96 Vibrating Bum-Faced Goats wrote to All:

 >>>   *  Bramley 62 - 10 Chorley C
 >>                               =
 >> Chorley are billing themselves as the 'Magpies' this season,BTW. I'm not
 >> even going to attempt to offer a comment as to why.

 VBF> I suppose if you were to have a quick count of heads you'd find more
 VBF> Magpies in Chorley than you would Chieftans.

Hey don't take the rip out of the Magpies! I live less than a mile away from
Victory Park and I intend to go and watch Chorley M. v Barrow B. later in the
season. It should be a close match ;-)

*Chris* *Wood*

Magpies *Forever*, Saints *Never*!

 ... I am Locutus of Borg; your tagline will be assimilated!