Rugby League: Universities of England, Latchford Albion, Woolston Rovers

LATCHFORD Albion pair Charlie McCurrie and Matty Rudd got their hands on the silverware with the England 2022 Tri Nations Universities squad.

The tournament was held in Ireland, with both players making valuable contributions in wins over Scotland and Ireland to see England unbeaten.

Rudd scored a try and added six goals in a 48-12 win over Scotland, and McCurrie crossed for a try in the 48-4 win over the hosts as England were crowned champions.

Their selection is a reward for the consistently high levels of performance produced over the past two seasons, with the achievement also showing their commitment as they would often have training sessions in Sheffield on a Saturday morning before making the trip back in time to represent Albion in the afternoon.

In their absence, Latchford suffered a 34-0 defeat on Saturday against an in-form Halton side in the North West Men’s League.

The hosts took full advantage of a strong breeze at their back in the first half and caught Albion twice in the first 10 minutes when they scored on late tackle plays.

Although Albion got a foothold in the game and said they were pushing, they couldn’t find a way out and on the half-hour mark the hosts again crossed to give them full control at the break.

Any possible thoughts of a comeback were quickly extinguished with a converted Halton try at 45 minutes.

Albion struggled for the final 20 minutes with Ben Harper, Matt Nash and Mike Walker injured.

Latchford has two free weekends to recuperate and regroup before visiting Heysham Atoms on Saturday July 16.

Meanwhile, Woolston Rovers also had an afternoon to forget as they fell 42-0 to in-form Dewsbury Celtic in the National Conference League Division Two.

Celtic opened the scoring after just 30 seconds and never looked back.

A few deft passes got scrum-half Charlie Heaton through for a try that he converted himself.

Just before the centre-half’s midpoint, Nathan Waring attempted a try, with Heaton again adding the goal.

Almost immediately, the home side scored their third converted try when second row Lewis Teale broke free and ran 50 yards.

Five minutes before the break, hooker Joe Edwards went over and Heaton’s extras gave his side a 24-0 advantage at half-time.

Two minutes into the second half, a loose ball from Rovers was tackled by Celtic and they moved the ball to second row Tom Bottomley for the number five converted try.

Just after the hour mark, center Paul Foulstone ran through the whitewash after successfully breaking out of a tackle and Heaton again converted.

Celtic capped off an emphatic afternoon with two minutes remaining when Waring slotted winger Mike Foulstone into the left corner and Heaton capped off a perfect afternoon with the boot.

The best for Rovers were hooker Adam Files, second row Dan Griffiths and loose striker Kieran Moore.

Rovers head coach Mal Holt said: “It was a disappointing afternoon for us.

“We never started and Celtic punished our mistakes.

“They’ve certainly had a big uptick in results over the last few weeks, and together with Heworth they’re probably the in-form team in the league right now.

“We had 17 players who gave their all but it wasn’t good enough that day. We were blocked four or five times on the line but we just couldn’t get the ball down. We’re going regroup and do it again next time the week.”

Rovers: Aaron Barber; Jake Toher, Tom Byrne, Callum Moore, Ben Roberts; Theo Holt, Dec Leonard; Harry Files, Adam Files, Sam Wood, Dan Fearnley, Dan Griffiths, Kieran Moore. Subs: Jay-Jay Catterall, Troy Holcroft, Thodorhs Nianiakas, Max Ainsworth.

Rovers A suffered a 40-18 derby defeat at home to Crosfields ‘A’ in the NWML Third Division.

Crosfields opened the scoring after eight minutes when loose striker Mitch McJay put second row Adam Heal into the right corner.

Full-back Tyler Whittaker converted and four minutes later, quick handling across the pitch cleared the way for second row Jordan Thomason to score in the left corner. Whittaker landed another great sideline conversion.

The visitors went further soon after when Brad Stanway put McJay down for a try.

Whittaker converted but just before the half hour mark a high kick from Rovers opponent Craig Lawton was picked up in the air by winger Kieran Jones and he scored down the left. Lawton added the conversion.

Eight minutes before the break, a pass from C Lawton put center Callum Moore through a gap to score. C Lawton converted to put the half-time score 18-12 in favor of Crosfields.

Three minutes into the second half, Crosfields scored his fourth try when center Taylor Boyne scored. Whittaker converted, then just after the hour of scrimmage, scrum-half Ben Steele forced his way through the Rovers defense and rolled back inside to score between the posts. Whittaker added the conversion.

Rovers gave themselves a glimmer of hope when winger Ben Crewe went for a try. C Lawton converted but that hope was quickly dashed when Crosfields hooker Luke Walker scored with the conversion of Whittaker.

Crosfields ended a good night for himself when Steele went for his second try just full time.

Best for Rovers were substitutes Nathan Maguire and Connor Pickett as well as Craig Lawton, while Soap was best served by McJay, scrum-half Ben Steele and center Joe Kohe-Love.

Rovers A manager Liam Lawton said: “We started slowly and let Crosfields take a good lead but the end of the first half saw us start to play as I know we can and we started rolling things back.

“Half time came at a bad time for us and Crosfields started the second half well and came clear again.

“I can’t fault the effort of the guys, but our execution and ball control weren’t good enough and Crosfields got the win they deserved.

“We have to practice in training and try to turn the corner. We will do our best to bounce back next week.”

Rovers A: Ben Roberts; Kieran Jones, Craig Woolvine, Callum Moore, Dec Houghton; Craig Lawton, Jay-Jay Catterall; Ben Crewe, James Tarpey, Rob Griffiths, Tom Fagan, Sam Vernon, Wez Lawton. Subs: Tom Gaskell, Connor Pickett, Nathan Maguire, Niall Toher.

Crosfield A: Tyler Whittaker; Aaron Holliday, Taylor Boyne, Joe Kohe-Love, Tom Smith; Brad Stanway, Ben Steele; Jack Sherratt, Luke Walker, Alex Clutterbuck, Adam Heal, Jordan Thomason, Mitch McJay. Subs: Jack Williams, Sam Hickey, Ian Boden, Ashley Catterall.