Waterloo derby joy over Birkenhead Park

A TOUCHLINE conversion from Liam Reeve proved the difference as Waterloo further consolidated their position in National Three North with a narrow 11-13 win at Birkenhead Park.

They are now ten points clear of the relegation zone and although far from being complacent with two tough matches coming up over the next fortnight against the first and second in the table they could not have started 2013 in better shape.

“It was a great win and what a way to start 2013,” stated director of rugby Jan Van Deventer.

“We wanted a good start after the break and although the scoreline suggests a very tight match I thought we were far the better side and if we had taken all our chances we could have won by a better margin.”

In fact Birkenhead could have sneaked it right at the end as they put pressure on the Waterloo line in the closing stages but great defence and the referee’s final whistle after the home side had been awarded an attacking scrum five metres out was enough to take the points.

Deventer continued: “It was never a great match and certainly was a bit of an arm wrestle but full credit to the boys, they dug in when it mattered and we thoroughly deserved the win.”

In a closely fought opening half two penalties from Liam Reeve put Waterloo 0-6 ahead with Danny Rich replying in kind for Park after Waterloo had given away two unnecessary penalties to level matters at 6-6.

The second half was as the first with neither side able to make a significant breakthrough although Waterloo always looked the more likely to score and eventually on the hour the visitors enterprise was finally rewarded as half breaks by Andrew Trotter, Sean Colbourne and Carl Nolan allied to some superb support play put Birkenhead on the back foot. Park tried to come from behind after the break but Waterloo remained in control despite a last ditch effort by the home side in the final minute.

Deventer added: “Although we are in a good position we need to win games at home to Harrogate this coming week and Chester the week after.”

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