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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Cumbria see off Widnes in RL Nines

Cumbria saved the best until last in the Rugby League Nines at Barrow last night with a 14-8 win over Widnes.

Brett Carter photo
Brett Carter

The scrappiest opening period of the evening took six minutes to produce a score, with the Vikings eventually going ahead when Josh Livesey broke through from a Magraff Leuluai pass.

Cumbria responded before the interval, Haven’s Loz Hamzat ensuring he scored in every match on the night as he took a Scott Kaighan kick in plenty of space out wide.

The county side then went ahead to great cheers from the Craven Park terraces when James Robinson broke with great speed and sent in supporting Workington full-back Brett Carter for the try.

Kaighan kicked the conversion for 10-4 and the lead was made an unassailable 10 points with a minute to go when Haven’s Martyn Wilson spotted a hole and went through it to score from 70 yards out.

Sam Singleton did reply late on for Widnes, but the hoot denied them the chance of claiming a second victory of the night.

Cumbria had gone down 22-10 to Wigan in the night’s opener. The unbeaten Warriors were on the offensive for the majority of the first half, Barrow’s Lee Haney stopping a Jack Murphy break down the right before Joe Murphy went round him to make it 4-0.

Hamzat came close for Cumbria as he was pushed into touch just short of the corner, and Matty Crow had a try disallowed before half-time.

Burgess scored a second try early in the second half as he went round James Finch and Louis Tierney added a powerplay conversion for an extra four points.

Burgess added his third and fourth tries of the game with great pace down the right-hand side, with Ryan Hampshire kicking one conversion for a 22-4 lead. Cumbria scored at the end through Workington’s Jarrad Stack on the end of some fast hands, Kaighan kicking the county’s sole conversion of the game.

St Helens went down 26-24 to Widnes Vikings, who were then beaten 46-24 by Wigan.

Saints then featured in another thriller, beating Cumbria 30-28. The hosts started the game well, with Hamzat collecting a Kaighan kick in the corner for 4-0.

Saints were soon down the other end, Lewis Sheridan adding to his own kick-through try with a powerplay for 8-4.

Haven’s Bradd Crellin struck back for the Cumbria team in the right corner, but Saints were back in through Danny Jones for a 14-8 lead thanks to Greg Wilde’s conversion.

Stack proved unstoppable from close range for Cumbria, but Matty Wood soon responded for Saints and a Wilde kick made it 20-12. Kaighan took a high ball to put Cumbria within four again, but Scott Hale scored in the corner to open up the gap after James Finch was sin-binned – for two minutes – after taking out Sheridan.

Cumbria pulled level though as Stack put Mike Backhouse in with a powering run and Town’s Stephen Dawes added a powerplay score.

The Cumbrians were ahead soon after as Hamzat streaked away down the wing, but they went for a kicked conversion which Kaighan missed.

That proved crucial as Saints scored again through Sheridan and Wilde was successful with the converting kick to earn them the win.

Cumbria: Brett Carter, Stephen Dawes, Jack Gaskell, James Robinson, Richard Farrer, Jarrad Stack (all Town); Loz Hamzat, Martyn Wilson, Danny Barker, Bradd Crellin (all Haven); Mike Backhouse, Lee Haney, James Dandy, Scott Kaighan, James Finch (all Barrow).

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