Firwood Waterloo look to hit back against Kendal after 29-13 defeat to Burnage

FIRWOOD Waterloo were unable to match Burnage physically last week but will be hoping to bounce back against bottom side Kendal this Saturday.

Waterloo lost 29-13 to Burnage at Blundellsands and director of rugby Jan Van Deventer was honest in his assessment of side’s display.

He said: There's no getting away from it we were bullied up front and were unable to match them physically.”

The Burnage result has put added pressure on the side when they face bottom of the table Kendal at Blundellsands this Saturday.

Van Deventer said: “This has now become a crucial game for us. If we win we will go into the Christmas break well clear of the relegation zone and in a position where we can really go out and enjoy our rugby. However if we do not come up with the win, although we are still clear, it will make life that much more difficult.”

Burnage attacked from the start with a series of drives from their pack and it was only a try saving tackle from Freeman Payne, taking the man into touch in goal that prevented a certain score.

Waterloo mounted an attack and were a tad unlucky not to score as Dan King broke through but his kick to the line was a touch too hard and although he was first to arrive the ball had rolled dead. However a penalty from Liam Reeve gave the home side the early lead.

It was short-lived. With Alix Croft in the sin bin for pulling down a maul from a catch and drive the Cheshire side took full advantage and from a driving maul got Tony Lynn over for the opening try.

Waterloo hit back and from good pressure on the Burnage line a long pass from Reeve putting James O'Brien into the space, the winger needing no further encouragement to give his side the lead. Reeve slotted the conversion with a penalty from Burnage by Ross Winney making it 10-8 at half-time.

In the second period with the home side having to face a strengthening breeze and rain Burnage's greater physicality really began to tell and, using their pack to good effect, crossed for three tries all converted by Winney to a solitary penalty from Reeve.

“These are not the sort of games we like as we just do not have the personnel and with the weather to be factored in we will always struggle in similar situations,” Van Deventer admitted. “I cannot fault the boys for effort, that is not the problem.”

Looking forward to Kendal this Saturday he continued: “They may be bottom of the league but they have just recruited two South African forwards. They are not to be taken lightly but I know the boys will rise to the occasion and hopefully come away with a win to close our 2012 programme. If we can do that we will be all set for 2013.”

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