Top of the Table Clash for Egremont Rugby Union

Workington Zebras beat Egremont when the two met at Bleach Green earlier in the season, could Egremont get revenge and open the title race up? This eagerly anticipated top of […]

Workington Zebras beat Egremont when the two met at Bleach Green earlier in the season, could Egremont get revenge and open the title race up?

This eagerly anticipated top of the table clash took place on Saturday February 20 at the Ellis Ground, Workington but the elements played a big part in a tight match.

Heavy overnight rain made for difficult conditions underfoot and a strong end to end wind made for tricky conditions.
The Zebras adapted best to the conditions and playing a strong, driving game scored the first try of the game as Ross Cape crossed over on nine minutes.

Egremont struggled to win clean possession from the set pieces, as the Zebras repeated their strong driving game to take a 0-12 lead through a David Wordsworth try and Scott Rooke’s boot.

A recovery from Egremont came in the form of centre Kieran Halcrow, who burst through the Zebras defence to score under the posts and when Josh Graves added the extras this brought Egremont back into the game.

This ended the scoring for the first half, giving the Zebras a  7-12 advantage.

An off the ball incident just before half time looked likely to end with players in the sin bin but the referee used his discretion to calm the match down.

After the break both teams settled into their games looking to take advantage.

It was the Zebras that won out.

Using the wind to gain position and then from a fiercely contested scrum Andrew Bowe crashed over.

This try gave them a 7-17 lead going into the final quarter.

The home team ended the match with 13 players as Egremont looked for a way back.

Egremont played some good attacking rugby in patches throughout the second half, in which Graham Temple and Michael Quirke were very prominent.

They were unable to break a resolute Zebras defence.

As the clock ticked down to the final whistle there was time for one more try as the Zebras won a succession of scrums and Wordsworth went over for his second try and with Rooke kicking the extra points the match ended.

Giving Workington Zebras a bonus point win and a 24 – 7 over seconded placed Egremont.