Spirit of 55: I’ll lay me down and bleed a while, and then I’ll rise and fight again (From Warrington Guardian)
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Spirit of 55: I’ll lay me down and bleed a while, and then I’ll rise and fight again
11:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in Wolves news
THE journey to ultimate glory is being done a little step at a time.
Two years ago they were two matches away, last year it was just one, this year they got within 40minutes and this year’s defeat felt even worse.
For a neutral it may have had many aspects required of a dream final, for Wire fans it turned into a nightmare.
The first half started as a classic tussle with neither team able to establish dominance.
On the 20 minute mark Wire magnificently burst into life, three tries came in seven minutes with Wigan barely touching the ball in that time.
First came the latest example of Joel Monaghan’s brilliance in the air as he beat Richards to the ball, juggled it whilst in the air and gathered in time to score the try.
Then Grix and Westwood took turns to demonstrate how to run onto a ball, and Higham and Briers timed their passes to perfection to send the second rowers crashing over.
A 16-2 lead and we were joyously happy but a Wire utopia was about to gradually turn into hell through a series of events.
First came Joel being knocked out, quickly followed by Wigan’s first try just before half time.
In the second half Wire produced a trademark brilliant charge down and yet it became one of the biggest turning points in the game in Wigan’s favour as they re-gathered the ball, got another six, followed by a penalty and their second try – will the rule makers please change that rule that punishes great defence and rewards poor attack.
Next was Ratchford’s injury, causing more major reshuffling to the backline, that wasn’t done in time to prevent the try that put Wigan in front.
Atkins then had a try chalked off that would’ve put Wire back in the lead, two minutes before Green scored the try that all but clinched the win.
So it turned out to be Wigan’s fairy tale, the players leaving us didn’t get the finish they deserved, but when Wire do win the title they will still have played a part in it.
Sometimes I use song lyrics to sum up the mood, I’ll finish this season with an extract from a poem: “A little I’m hurt but not yet slain. I’ll lay me down and bleed a while, and then I’ll rise and fight again.”
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