Sandal 53 v Carlisle 22

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North 1 East League
Saturday, 10th April 2010


Carlisle were on the back foot before they got to Wakefield for this important clash.  An overnight sickness bout that gripped the club, meant several players were unable to travel and with the second team cancelled due to the bug, some of those that were available were pressed into service!

Although the match was lost, it was not as one sided as perhaps the score line suggests, but Sandal were good value for their win, and it was not hard to see why they sit in a promotion slot.

Carlisle found themselves seven points down within 30 seconds.  But, despite this early set back, Carlisle were unbowed and clawed themselves into the game when, ten minutes later, centre Chris Harris finished off a fine move by touching down between the posts.  Glen Weightman converted.

Picture of Carlisle RFC player Chris Harris

Chris Harris - a brace of fine tries.

It was a game of open rugby played at speed, with the main difference between the two teams, being the more positive and direct handling by the home team.

Within two minutes of the visitor’s equalizing, Sandal took the lead again with a converted try.  Almost from the restart, Carlisle were upfield again with full back Lewis Boyd the provider for Harris to claim his second try of the game.

Sandal added two more tries, both unconverted and then on thirty seven minutes, Weightman added a penalty.  The Wakefield outfit added and other seven points a couple of minutes before the interval, but Jack Oddie found a way through the defence to add five points for Carlisle just on the forty minute mark.

With a half time score of 31 pts to 22 pts, Carlisle were still in the game and there was hope that they would continue to press after the break.  In the event though, they conceded four tries (one converted) and despite several brave attempts, they couldn’t find a route through the home defence.


TRIES:            Chris Harris (2) Jack Oddie (1)

CONS:            Glen Weightman (2)

PENS:            Glen Weightman (1)

PICK OF THE PACK: Dan Smithson

Picture of Carlisle RFC Player Dan Smithson

Dan Smithson

BEST OF THE BACKS: Chris Harris (pic above)


15    Lewis Boyd (Chris Harris)
14    Jack Tranter (Lee Askew)
13    Jack Oddie
12    Chris Harris
11    Olly Barker
10    Glen Weightman
9      Ben Blain
1      Steve Stamper (Captain)
2      John Bowman (Tom Graham)
3      Graham Kidd
4      Gary Graham
5      Paul Halliday
6      Dan Smithson (Mark Barron)
7      Bobby Sherlock
8      Stuart Graham (Dan Smithson)
16    Lee Askew
17    Tom Graham
18    Mark Barron
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