Panthers are the code-breakers

Players from Chorley Panthers U13 and Fylde U13
Players from Chorley Panthers U13 and Fylde U13

IT was a weekend to remember for Chorley Panthers RL team as they showed their rugby union counterparts which is top of the sports, with two wins.

The first half was played under union rules and Fylde began to show the Panthers the value of getting bodies into the ruck to recycle the ball.

However, after a period of sustained pressure, Chorley’s superior defence provided the possession and position for Ciaran Johnson to open the scoring for the Panthers and, after converting his own try, the Panthers were 7-0 up in seven minutes.

Fylde hit back with a well-worked try when the union sides strong running back crossed the whitewash to bring the score to 7-5 in the visitors favour.

Undeterred, Chorley increased their lead when Jack Jolly forced his way over for a great try and, with Johnson again converting, the league outfit were now 14-5 ahead.

The hosts responded once again to get within four points of the Panthers, before an interception from Bobby Green saw him race the length of the field to finish the half Fylde 21-10 Panthers.

In the second half, the Panthers continued to dominate by playing the more familiar league rules.

It wasn’t long before Adam Turner opened up the Fylde defence to send Eston James over to open the scoring 6-0.

George Minton was next on the scoresheet when he raced on to a neat ball to go in at the corner to take the Panthers to 10-0.

More pressure from the Panthers saw Jack Thompson show a dummy and some neat footwork allowed him to extend the lead 18-0.

A big shift in play resulted in a second try for Eston James, which took the lead to 22-0 before Michael Beardsworth caught the Fylde defence napping to finish off the scoring at 26-0.

Special mention to Ciaran Johnson who plays regularly for both teams and who played in each half for both sides, pulling the strings for Chorley in the union game, and was a class act playing for Fylde under league rules.

Panthers chairman Peter Bridge said: “It was a great game played in the right spirit which saw Chorley Panthers come out on top, but with the game of rugby as a whole being the winner.”