A perfect 10 as Rhinos are trampled on

Leyland Warriors action from the weekend
Leyland Warriors action from the weekend

Leyland Warriors open-age side secured their 10th consecutive win in the North West Men’s League, and their 13th in all competitions.

And despite being under-strength, they did it in some style as they trashed Cadishead Rhinos 50-6.

Phil Mills set his stall out early with a powerful burst from dummy-half to score. Stewart McLean converted.

Quick hands from Danny McLean and Rob Lonsdale then saw Tom Whittaker race over in the left corner, with McLean on target again.

Mills added the next try, crashing over from close range with McLean again adding the extras.

And Leyland killed the game off with a flurry of three quick tries just before half-time – two spectacular long-range efforts that went through several pairs of hands, with David Palin feeding David Lonsdale for the first, before Lonsdale’s offload returned the favour.

McLean then raced clear from inside his own half to score, and he also converted all three tries.

In the second half, quick hands from Andy Robinson and Peter Heatley saw Palin dive over, McLean on target again, before Rhinos managed to build some pressure and scored from close range.

But Warriors still added two further scores as Mills first capitalised on a break by Liam Deans, then scored his fourth try.

n The women’s team put up a sterling effort before losing at Hindley on Thursday evening.

A good start saw strong runs from Rachel Vause and Iwona Kossek before Cat Chamberlain’s pass released debutant Laura Parkinson.

She was tackled just short of the line but Charlotte Berry dummied her way over.

Warriors added to their score when Parkinson raced around the full-back to score under the posts.

And further first-half Warriors tries were scored by Pilkington and Kossek.

The second half was a very different affair due to a combination of tighter defences and tired legs and the game ended several minutes early due to an injury to a Hindley player.

n The Under-18s run riot in North wales, beating Wrexham Bradley Raiders 76-6.

First-half tries were scored by Niall Andrews (2), Matt Adamson, Adam Hagan, Jake Cartwright and Ben Wilkins (2), while Mark Jackson’s boot was in fine form with the conversions to make it 46-0.

In the second half, there were further scores by Connor McColl, Andrews and Wilkins who both completed their hat-tricks, and Roberts.

n The Under-15s finally managed to play their twice re-arranged fixture at Mancunians and won 60-14.

There were tries for Jordan Dandy (3), James O’Neill, Evans, Kirkby, Craine, Burns, McDonald, Morton and Callum Young, with goals from O’Neill (7) and Weston.

n The Under-13s were beaten 36-12 by visitors Waterhead.

Leyland started brightly with Sam Roberts’ kick spinning back nicely to Jacob Roberts who was the quickest to react and touch down.

Warriors’ other try in the first half came from came after some neat play which saw quick hands from Roberts and Daniel Almond put Fletcher Turner into space to score.

Almond scored after the break when backed himself to take on the defence and he scored in the corner.

Kian McKay was star man, Roberts the most improved and Almond the best tackler.

n The Under-11s were dominant when they hosted Fitton Hill Bulldogs.

They put the visitors straight under pressure with the returning McColl receiving the ball and racing over in the first minute, with Hill adding the extras.

Leyland’s defence stood strong early on with Smith, Hill and star man Randall all putting in good challenges.

Matthew Parkinson was spreading the ball well, allowing Hindle, Watson and Cooper all to add to the Leyland score in the first half, with extras being added by Harris and Watson.

Fitton were rewarded for their hard work with a couple of first-half tries.

But Randall ended the first half scoring with a great solo run, Storey adding the extras to leave Leyland well in control going into the break.

Fitton never gave in despite the scoreline and were rewarded with a couple more tries in the second half.

But these came in the middle of a further four tries for Leyland with Hill, Harris, Randall going over, along with Cain with his first for the side.

n The Under-10s played out a thrilling end-to-end game of rugby against Haydock.

Haydock were first to score but Leyland replied with a try by Daniel Rimmer.

Leyland then switched off in defence and allowed Haydock too much room which led to a couple of tries.

In the second half, James Broadfield started to spread the ball to the wings and Leyland were making good yards.

Dylan Kenyon then scooted away from dummy-half and score a cracking try which was converted.

Broadfield then scored a great try with a show and go, dragging several defenders with him to drive over for a try he also converted.

Leyland tired a little in the heat but still looked the better side in the second half.

The game finished with a win for Haydock but this was a great advert for junior rugby.

Top tackler was Rimmer, best try went to Broadfield and the man of the match prize went to Kenyon.