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Bowdon
Bolton R.U.F.C.
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N Murphy
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L Lockett (4)
Sat 2 Feb 14:15 - Cup Full time

Bolton feel the Burn at Burnage

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Bowdon 31 Bolton 17

Due to both teams’ pitches still being covered in snow and ice, it was confirmed the match between Bolton and Bowdon in the 2nd round of the RFU Intermediate Cup would be played at Burnage Rugby Club on the 3G pitch.

On arrival at Burnage, the sun was out and the sky was clear, with a slight cold breeze - perfect conditions for rugby. The first ten minutes of the warm up was spent explaining to old boys Gareth Evans and Mark Chappelhow that the grass wasn’t real. Gareth was last seen walking back to the changing rooms shaking his head. To be fair, this was a first for many of the Bolton team and it was clear it was going to be a fast-paced game throughout.

Bowdon won the toss and elected to kick, with Bolton playing downhill away from the clubhouse to begin. Four minutes in and after early possession in Bowdon’s half, Bolton earned a penalty which Lewis Lockett converted. Bolton continued to play at a decent pace and found themselves back in the Bowdon half. With the pressure turning into points with Niall Murphy running onto an inside pass from James Singleton to score his 3rd try of the new year. The conversion was missed, Bolton were now leading 0-8 with fifteen minutes gone.
This must have been the wake-up Bowdon needed, after putting in an early defensive shift they found themselves in possession in Bolton’s 22. Bowdon’s lock took a crash ball central, with the rest of his forward pack latching on giving him the momentum to get over the line and score under the posts, with the fly half adding the extras. Bowdon were right back in it with the score 7-8.

Bolton kicked off high with Alex Waddicar giving the oncoming Bolton players something to challenge for in the air. The second quarter saw Bolton secure good field position and possession but didn’t seem to convert it. Chris Brownlow was running direct lines all day, giving Bolton the front foot ball which both the forwards and backs thrive on. It was the final pass, which maybe on another day would have gone to hand, which was letting Bolton down. Was this a sign of things to come? Bolton only managed to notch up another penalty through the boot of Lewis Lockett.
Immediately from the ensuing kick-off, Bolton gave away a woeful penalty, cancelling out the previous hard work. The score was now 10-11, Bolton still in the lead. However, another a string of infringements, Bolton gave away two more kickable penalties which Bowdon duly obliged.

Half time score: Bowdon 16 – 11 Bolton

Bolton knew they had missed opportunities in the first half and had given away some soft points. They needed to come into the second half with intent. Two minutes in and Bolton had a penalty about thirty-five metres out. Lewis Lockett took the opportunity and converted nicely, taking the score to 16 – 14. Five minutes later the score changed again to 19 – 14, with Bolton again giving away a kickable penalty. The game as predicted was played at a high tempo with not much being given away by either team.

Around the fiftieth minute captain Rhys Pritchard had to come off with a bruised knuckle and made way for Steve Hickey, on his first appearance for Bolton’s first fifteen. Also making his first appearance was Gaz Hession who came off the bench for Alex Waddicar who stubbed his toe ten minutes later.

Bowdon were beginning to apply the pressure on Bolton with balls going to ground rather than hand and competed at the breakdown well making it difficult for Bolton to really get going again. Bolton did manage another penalty through Lockett’s boot around the hour mark taking it to a 2-point game again. This would be Bolton’s last points of the game, a combination of good Bowdon defence and below par passing from Bolton gave Bowdon’s winger the easiest of tries after gathering a spilt ball to take the game away from Bolton at 26-17 with the conversion good.

Gareth Evans came on with ten minutes to go, in place of Tony McLaughlin, who had consumed too many rubber pellets from the playing surface. Bolton knew they had to give it their all and the effort was there from everyone involved. It was execution on the day which wasn’t up to the usual standard of Bolton. With Bowdon gaining possession from a loose ball and smart interplay between three forwards gave them the last score of the day.

Final score: Bowdon 31 – 17 Bolton.

Best of luck to Bowdon in the cup and to the player who was stretchered off, hoping for a quick recovery.

Bolton have plenty to take from this game and work on during training for next Saturday, another tough test for the cherry and whites as they travel to Altrincham Kersal who got the better of Bolton at Avenue Street earlier on in the season in a tight contest, coming out on top 3 – 8 winners.

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Connor Orrell

Player of the Match

Connor Orrell

Key moments

4:00
Penalty Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton R.U.F.C.
15:00
Try Niall Murphy scores for Bolton R.U.F.C.
20:00
Try Try for Bowdon
20:00
Conversion Conversion for Bowdon
25:00
Penalty Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton R.U.F.C.
26:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Bowdon
30:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Bowdon
35:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Bowdon
42:00
Penalty Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton R.U.F.C.
48:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Bowdon
55:00
Penalty Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton R.U.F.C.
65:00
Try Try for Bowdon
65:00
Conversion Conversion for Bowdon
78:00
Try Try for Bowdon

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Connor Orrell is awarded player of the match for Bolton R.U.F.C.
78:00 Try 31 - 17
Try for Bowdon
70:00 Sub On
Gareth Evans is substituted on for Bolton R.U.F.C.
70:00 Sub Off
Tony McLaughlin is substituted off for Bolton R.U.F.C.
65:00 Try 26 - 17
Try for Bowdon
65:00 Conversion 21 - 17
Conversion for Bowdon
60:00 Sub On
Gaz Hession is substituted on for Bolton R.U.F.C.
60:00 Sub Off
Alex Waddicar is substituted off for Bolton R.U.F.C.
55:00 Penalty 19 - 17
Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton R.U.F.C.
50:00 Sub Off
Rhys Pritchard is substituted off for Bolton R.U.F.C.
50:00 Sub On
Steve Hickey is substituted on for Bolton R.U.F.C.
48:00 Penalty 19 - 14
Penalty kicked for Bowdon
42:00 Penalty 16 - 14
Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton R.U.F.C.
End of period 1
35:00 Penalty 16 - 11
Penalty kicked for Bowdon
30:00 Penalty 13 - 11
Penalty kicked for Bowdon
26:00 Penalty 10 - 11
Penalty kicked for Bowdon
25:00 Penalty 7 - 11
Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton R.U.F.C.
20:00 Conversion 2 - 8
Conversion for Bowdon
20:00 Try 7 - 8
Try for Bowdon
15:00 Try 0 - 8
Niall Murphy scores for Bolton R.U.F.C.
4:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Lewis Lockett kicks a penalty for Bolton R.U.F.C.
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Bowdon
  • Bolton R.U.F.C.
  • 0
  • Lewis Lockett Penalty 4:00'
  • Niall Murphy Try 15:00'
  • Try 20:00'
  • Conversion 20:00'
  • Lewis Lockett Penalty 25:00'
  • Penalty 26:00'
  • Penalty 30:00'
  • Penalty 35:00'
  • Lewis Lockett Penalty 42:00'
  • Penalty 48:00'
  • Steve Hickey Sub On 50:00'
  • Rhys Pritchard Sub Off 50:00'
  • Lewis Lockett Penalty 55:00'
  • Alex Waddicar Sub Off 60:00'
  • Gaz Hession Sub On 60:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Conversion 65:00'
  • Gareth Evans Sub On 70:00'
  • Tony McLaughlin Sub Off 70:00'
  • Try 78:00'

Team selection

Pritchard, Rhys Pritchard, Rhys
Waddicar, Alex Waddicar, Alex
Brownlow, Chris Brownlow, Chris
Lockett, Lewis Lockett, Lewis
Robinson, Jack Robinson, Jack
Mills, Mike Mills, Mike
Singleton, James Singleton, James
Pritchard, Gaz Pritchard, Gaz
Cottam, Ben Cottam, Ben
Orrell, Connor Orrell, Connor
McLaughlin, Tony McLaughlin, Tony
Higgins, James Higgins, James
Chappelhow, Mark Chappelhow, Mark
Cockton, Chris Cockton, Chris
Murphy, Niall Murphy, Niall

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