By Andy Brown
Wolverhampton 1st XV 13 Vs Crewe & Nantwich 1st XV 32
With 7 league games remaining, Crewe were very wary of a Wolverhampton team that recently lost to Leek away by one point when fielding only 14 men for the majority of the match.
Wolverhampton proved to be very difficult opponents and if they had played more than 1 game in the last 8 weeks, it would have been an even more testing contest.
On arrival at Wolverhampton, the team were greeted by sunshine and a near perfect playing surface!
Joe Gammage who recently purchased boots with studs was seen polishing his ‘blades’ in the changing room with great enthusiasm and with a smile on his face!
There was a strong wind blowing down the pitch but not enough to dampen the spirits of both teams.
The game started with both teams trying to assert some form of supremacy and the powerful Wolverhampton centre powered into his opponents in an attempt to break the gain line.
Crewe, playing against the wind, struggled to gain field position and ultimately after several phases the Wolverhampton fullback scored an unconverted try.
Crewe then went up the gears and started to provide lively scrumhalf Scott Cann with some good quality ball. The Crewe forwards produced a good scrum in the Wolverhampton 22 and No 8 Kirk Robinson powered through the defense to score an unconverted try.
Wolverhampton replied with a penalty but Crewe were now engineering phases of play and quick hands from the backs, with everyone fixing the defense allowed centre Joe Gammage to score a fine try on the overlap which was converted by flyhalf Jamie Little.
A 3rd try was scored by wing Tim Cowap as he cut through several defenders running a great line to score the last try of the half. The score at half time was 17-8 to Crewe.
The 2nd half saw some fine rugby played by both teams and after about 10 minutes flanker Josh Collins smashed through the Wolverhampton forwards to score near the posts.
This was followed shortly by a successful penalty kick by Little. The final Crewe try came from a devastating line break from 2nd row Jack Brooks of some 50 mtrs showing great pace with a sweet offload to flyhalf Little who drew the Wolves fullback and passed to Joe Gammage for his 2nd try.
The ‘Gammage’ is back! Wolverhampton had the last word with a breakaway try.
The man of Match award went this week to Jack Brooks who made several significant carries and offloads and topped the tackle count for the game with 13 even though he came off the bench 25 minutes into the game.
A word also about the referee Sarah Toll who had an excellent game and was one of the best referees we have had this season.
Sarah looks to be destined for a very high level of matches in the future.
Again, thanks to our travelling support which was much appreciated.
Next week Crewe travel to League leaders Leek which should be a great game.
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