McLean sweep in Warriors’ victory

Russ MacFarlane collects the ball for Warriors' open age team

Russ MacFarlane collects the ball for Warriors' open age team

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Leyland Warriors ARLFC open-age team continued their sparkling early season form with a 50-0 victory at East Manchester Rangers.

While Rangers went close to scoring on a couple of occasions, Leyland always managed to scramble back and clean up.

Tries for David Dunwell, David Lonsdale, Karl Edgar and Stewart McLean gave them a well-earned 28-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw Leyland lose their way a little, trying too hard to score.

However, they soon got back on track with the McLean brothers at half-back directing operations.

Further scores were added by Mark Quinn, Stewart McLean and two for younger brother Danny. Conversions came from Jonathon Cox (2) and Stewart McLean (5).

Elsewhere, Warriors Under-13s played out a 26-26 draw with visitors Blackbrook.

Fletcher Turner led the way with a hat-trick and a conversion and Aidan Sadler scored after a great kick 
chase.

New boy Jacob Roberts showed great awareness to steal the ball one-on-one and race 90 metres for his first try and Luke Robinson added two further conversions.

The Under-11s travelled to Wrexham and emerged with a 36-12 victory.

They reached half-time
14-0 to the good after three well-constructed tries.

And the second half continued in the same manner.

Leyland added a further four tries, the pick of which came when Watson intercepted and powered deep into the Wrexham half before releasing Randall to dummy past a couple of defenders, before passing neatly to Smith to cross for his first try for the club.

Wrexham added two tries late on after spreading the ball wide on both occasions.

Warriors’ try scorers were Cooper (2), Watson (2), Hill, Parkinson and Smith.

Joint star men were Parkinson and Cain.

The Under-10s were beaten by 36-6 after paying a heavy penalty for a sluggish start.

But they can take some positives from their second-half showing with star man James Broadfield pulling the strings and finding space for top tackler Daniel Rimmer to fly down the wing before being tackled inches short. Dylan Kenyon then scored a great try which Ethan Cockcroft converted.

The Under-9s suffered a defeat to Waterhead, ruing four last-ditch try-line tackles which denied them scores.

Star man Luke Weston had a superb game, and there were strong runs from Charlie Hicks, Leon Whatton, Matthew Schmid an Jake Cooper.

A good off-load by Ali Randall created their one try scored by Josh Hignett, his first for the team.

The Under-8s’ second game was at Westhoughton, who soon took a big lead. But on the plus side, there was some strong defence by captain Luke Schmid and top tackler Harry Jones, while Kyle Porter hung on to the ball well when under pressure.

After some great passing from dummy-half Pius Walton, star man Declan Fell scored a great try.

The coaches’ player of the match award went to Joseph Dodd, while Zak Heggie made a good debut.

l Warriors are running rugby camps during the Easter holidays. For more information, go to leylandwarriors.co.uk.