Men’s rugby league: UCLan finish strongly to edge the Derby

By Christopher Stott – reporter

The rugby league 1st side overcame Lancaster 1sts 36-16 in the derby match to claim their third consecutive victory.

The hosts found it tough going against a determined Lancaster side, having to absorb pressure on their own try line for much of the game.

It took just under fifteen minutes for the first score of the game to arrive, and it was certainly worth the wait.

Big UCLan prop forward Joab Murphy powered through the visiting defence, going sixty metres to score, breaking through several would be tacklers in the process.

Murphy’s brute strength and deceptive turn of pace was the only real attack that UCLan had mustered up to that point, but it kick started a purple patch for the home side.

Jake Ellis scored another brilliant long range effort before Christian Summers added a solo effort of his own with a run from dummy half.

Daniel Spencer scored UCLan’s fourth following a fine move that saw the two half backs Joe Frobisher and Rob Marsh link brilliantly before Alex Bates lofted a pass to Spencer who raced twenty metres to finish at the corner.

Marsh added a fifth UCLan try shortly after, jinking his way through the stretched Lancaster defence to further extend the home side’s lead and add to his two first half conversions.

Lancaster came back fighting and added a score of their own just before the break though the Loose Forward Boyes.

The visitors continued their momentum in to the second half and added a further two scores in the space of ten minutes through the Full Back Canavan, who added two goals and their Italian Centre Carlucci.

Ten minutes from time and Josh Dent finished off a brilliant 4th tackle move, dummying his way over on the edge to seemingly take the game away from the visitors.

Marsh added his second try of the afternoon, stepping past two players to finish by the posts and wrap up an important win for UCLan who remain unbeaten this season.


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