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Slender victory keeps students in race for top spot
WARRINGTON campus men’s rugby union side kept their faint titles hopes alive with a hard fought 15-10 win over league leaders Glyndwr.
Kieran Jones’ try gave the visitors an edge after a Matty Brown penalty kick had opened the scoring, but it was Warrington who took control of the game thanks to second half scores from Andrew Stone and Will Young.
Lloyd Mayor gave Glyndwr hope with a late try, but the home side’s defence stood strong at the death to claim a vital win.
Matthew Roebuck and Stone were the aggressors in a rampant Warrington attack, but the visitors matched that with an equally impressive defensive performance.
Warrington were finally able to record a score when Matty Brown sent a penalty sailing through the posts on 37 minutes, though Jones’ try did give the visitors the edge at the break.
Their lead lasted barely 15 seconds of the second half, Stone receiving the ball from kick off before running the length of the pitch to score a superb solo try.
A flurry of injury stoppages disturbed the flow, but the hosts were able to strengthen their lead when a long punt up field was met with a fortuitous bounce, leaving Young an easy task to extend their lead.
Mayor ensured a tense finale with his try on 75 minutes, and the Welsh side were perhaps unlucky not to claim a draw when Rees appeared to have reached the try line with the game’s final drive.
The referee, luckily for a Warrington, judged his effort to be inches short.
n Pictures from the match at warringtonguardian.co.uk
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