Douglas off to Ormskirk
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:18
Argon Technologies sponsored Douglas Rugby Club travel to Ormskirk this weekend for their final away match of the season. There is an outside possibility that if Douglas win and Sefton lose that there will be a league title shoot out with a winner takes all scenario but before any of that can be considered Douglas will be looking to extend their 2013 winning streak.
Ormskirk for so long of this season were pushing Douglas all the way and they were firmly in the promotion hunt until about 6 weeks ago when couple of losses caused them to lose ground on the leading pack. However, to their credit they have come back strongly and look to be finishing their season in style as in their last few games they have consumately beaten their opposition so Douglas will have to have their wits about them come Saturday.
There arent too many changes to the Douglas line up once again, Niall Killey is on the beat this weekend but his absence coincides with the return of Craig McGee and Daryn Thompson. This combined with the impressive form of Dom 'Caractacus' Winrow and Mark McGee's availability means that their are plenty of options to cover the absence of the influential Killev. A headache well worth having. The engine room will continue service as normal and look to get round the park and supply the backs with good clean ball once again.
In the back line, Bryn Snellgrove may be absent this week but Nathan Pierce should slot into the scrum half position and will look to zip the ball around as he did last week and outside them Stephen Tansell may line up with James Wood with Simon Heggs filling in on the wing together with Goodall and Carine to make up the back three
All in all again there have not been too many changes to this Douglas team and the fact that there will be 12/13 starting this week who were in last weeks team is only a good thing for the coaches.
Ormskirk are strong opposition and have plenty of strike runners all over the park and a nippy back three so Douglas will have to make sure that they are on top form to take anything from the game. Ormskirk have only lost at home twice this season and im sure they will want to round the season off infront of their own fans in style.
Douglas have proved time and time again this season that they can change the gameplan to suit both the opposition and the conditions. This may well be the case come saturday as they will not be expecting the space they were afforded last week and it will be more a case of playing with structure and precision if they are to unlock Ormskirk.
Based on the encounter earlier in the season this promises to be a fine advertisement of physical and running rugby played in the right spirits.
Douglas outclass Oswestry
Monday, 15 April 2013 11:42
Argon Technologies sponsored Douglas rugby club won in style on Saturday with an 86 - 0 rout of shropshite outfit Oswestry in what was an all round complete performance from the manxmen to put a fine gloss on the end of their season and attain an impressive 100 league points in the process.
Douglas started the game in fine style and within the first minute Mike Hebden broke free down the left wing and collected his own deft chip over the top to touch down.
Oswestry were battling hard and they had a line out on their own 10 metre line but Christian Brew got up quicker intercepted the ball and popped down to Carl Markl-Ferns who charged down the touchline to grab himself a try.
Douglas were now on top and their forwards were starting to boss the visiting pack and were working well in the loose and eventually Oswestry conceded a penalty and when it was put in the corner the forwards worked their magic and Niall Killey went over for his first of the afternoon.
The game was becoming stretched and Douglas were finding gaps and eventually a chasm opened big enough for Skipper Goodall to pick from the base of a ruck and dive over for a try of his own.
Callum Carine then decided he was getting cold on his wing and went looking for work and when the ball was shipped down the line he broke a tackle and turned on the after burners and was in for his first.
The first half scoring was finished by winger Nathan Pierce after some fumbles by Oswestry James Wood found Pierce who glided over for the final score of the half and the score at half time was 43 - 0.
The second half started with much the same pace as the first and Douglas were at it again with some slick hands finding Callum Carine in open space and he did the rest as he weaved past the full back and was in for the score.
Enforced changes had the mercurial Bryn Snellgrove taken off and Pierce in at scrum half and despite this Pierce did a good job of barking his forwards into position and when the had a line out they were going one way Brew caught the line and fed Killey and the pack powered over.
Another well taken Goodall try followed minutes later when he ghosted through a gap and under the posts, this seemed to fire Oswestry up a little and they came back into the match but a poor kick landed in Callum Carines hands and in he went for his hat trick try.
Douglas were stretching Oswestry this way and that and Glyn Hooson-Owen and Craig Lea both barged over within minutes of each other when they were both afforded space to get going and from close range they were unstopable.
There was a rare try for Rob Todd and the afternoon was completed with a final try from Niall Killey to round off a truly well constructed performance and Douglas have really found some red hot form of late.
Oswestry to their credit battled hard for 80 minutes and pushed Douglas all the way but it was not to be their day as the manx side had the bit between their teeth and were determined to avenge their early season loss to the same opposition. A job well done and a spectacle for the home faithful who were in fine voice to roar the lads home.