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1st XV "Saints" - Match centre

Douglas (I.O.M.)
win 8 - 8 on penalties.
B Sadler, N HEARN
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L Isaacs (2)
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L Isaacs
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - North One West Full time Attendance 100

Anselmians 17 Douglas 43


A familiar story.

It may be that Isle of Man players accept that, once a fortnight, they will fly to the mainland to play, but they should surely be asked to do so twice on the same day. The kick-off was delayed because Douglas couldn’t land at windy Manchester and had to return to the island, wait on the tarmac for clearance and try again. When they arrived at Rivacre Road the referee gave them fifteen minutes to prepare.

Not an ideal start for the visitors and Anselmians took full advantage in the initial exchanges with Ben Sadler carving a line to score to the left of the posts. Liam Isaacs, not at scrum-half slotted the conversion and Anselmians, for the first time in a long time, led in a first half. Saints’ makeshift team because of injury and unavailability, surprised themselves.

On what used to be called “a good drying day”, passing and kicking were going to be difficult, and so it proved. Anselmians’ initial enthusiasm was met by a side slowly shaking off their journey. Douglas, busy and opting for short passes between forwards and backs, posed questions for the home defence. A long kick by veteran centre Mark PETTERSON relieved the pressure but Douglas’ tactic of tapping short penalties and close support was gaining them territory. A neat exchange in the midfield, one missed tackle and mobile prop, Harry Raven crossed. The extras were missed by full-back, Max Morley-Green and, after 25 minutes Saints led 7-5.

Douglas, with abundant possession, kept the passes short and , with their mobile pack in attendance, engineered a neat switch in the centre and fed prop Ralph Clark to score near the post,. This time Morley-Green goaled and Douglas held a deserved lead, 12-7, after half an hour.
Not for the first time this season, Anselmians’ problems stem from a lack of retention of the ball and a slow reaction to quick-fire passing. A rare visit to the Douglas half saw Douglas penalised for a high tackle on restored stand-off, Andy Cummings and Isaacs made no mistake. 10-12.

Douglas reacted by some neat support work and, aided by another missed tackle, man of the match, Raven, skipped over to score his second try. The conversion was missed. Immediately, Douglas scored again releasing winger Adam Boyd who scored wide out on the right to give the visitors a bonus point. Again the conversion was missed. At 10-12, Anselmians would gone into half-time reasonably satisfied, given their lack of possession but, at 10-22, it would be hard work after the break.

Anselmians began the second half brightly but soon the problems of the first half emerged. Close inter-passing and another missed tackle allowed Morley-Green to score under the posts and with the extras neatly goaled, the game was over as a contest within five minutes of the restart at 10-29.

Douglas’ prompt support had forced Saints’ to defend but the relentless nature of the visitors’ play meant the strain would overcome the defence. Spreading the ball left and right, Douglas worked a gap for flanker Mike Dunnet to score unopposed and with Morley-Green adding the extras, Douglas stretched their lead to 10-36.

On the hour, spectators mused whether it would be a repeat of the 50+ defeat in the island last November, but a couple of Saints’ penalties allowed field position and, after good work from the forwards, skipper Nick HEARN bundle over to score. Isaacs converted to open Anselmians.’ second half account, 17-36.

Douglas came back at once and substitute stand-off, Bryn Snellgrove scored close in and Morley-Green had a simple conversion to stretch the lead to 17-43.

Anselmians’ never gave up, but, not for the first time, naïve defence and lack of a cutting edge, cost them dear. This a game and energetic group of players who will be better players for their experience in North One West.

Key moments

Try Ben Sadler scores for Anselmians
Conversion Liam Isaacs kicks a conversion for Anselmians
Try Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Try Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Conversion Conversion for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Penalty Liam Isaacs kicks a penalty for Anselmians
Try Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Penalty Penalty kicked for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Try Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Conversion Conversion for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Try Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Conversion Conversion for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Try Nick HEARN scores for Anselmians
Conversion Liam Isaacs kicks a conversion for Anselmians
Try Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
Conversion Conversion for Douglas (I.O.M.)


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74:00 Conversion 17 - 41
Conversion for Douglas (I.O.M.)
74:00 Try 17 - 39
Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
73:00 Try 17 - 34
Nick HEARN scores for Anselmians
73:00 Conversion 12 - 34
Liam Isaacs kicks a conversion for Anselmians
70:00 Sub On
Matt Thornton is substituted on for Anselmians
57:00 Sub On
Tyler Brookes is substituted on for Anselmians
57:00 Try 10 - 32
Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
57:00 Conversion 10 - 34
Conversion for Douglas (I.O.M.)
50:00 Try 10 - 25
Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
50:00 Conversion 10 - 27
Conversion for Douglas (I.O.M.)
36:00 Penalty 10 - 15
Penalty kicked for Douglas (I.O.M.)
End of period 1
40:00 Try 10 - 20
Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
36:00 Penalty 10 - 12
Liam Isaacs kicks a penalty for Anselmians
30:00 Try 7 - 12
Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
30:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Conversion for Douglas (I.O.M.)
26:00 Try 7 - 5
Try for Douglas (I.O.M.)
14:00 Sub On
Tom Gilbert is substituted on for Anselmians
14:00 Sub Off
Ben O'Connor is substituted off for Anselmians
6:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Liam Isaacs kicks a conversion for Anselmians
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Ben Sadler scores for Anselmians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Anselmians
  • Douglas (I.O.M.)
  • 0
  • Ben Sadler Try 5:00'
  • Liam Isaacs Conversion 6:00'
  • Tom Gilbert Sub On 14:00'
  • Ben O'Connor Sub Off 14:00'
  • Try 26:00'
  • Try 30:00'
  • Conversion 30:00'
  • Liam Isaacs Penalty 36:00'
  • Try 40:00'
  • Penalty 36:00'
  • Try 50:00'
  • Conversion 50:00'
  • Tyler Brookes Sub On 57:00'
  • Try 57:00'
  • Conversion 57:00'
  • Matt Thornton Sub On 70:00'
  • Nick HEARN Try 73:00'
  • Liam Isaacs Conversion 73:00'
  • Try 74:00'
  • Conversion 74:00'

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8. Firwood Waterloo 26 67
9. Warrington 26 66
10. Penrith 26 66
11. Burnage 26 65
12. Manchester 26 62
13. Anselmians 26 11
14. De La Salle (Salford) 25 9

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