Manchester's Dual Code Rugby Club

REPORT: Improved Mancunians are overran by strong Fitton Hill Bulldogs pack

Mancunians picked themselves up following one the largest defeats in the club’s history with a much-improved performance against Fitton Hill Bulldogs.

Manc of the match on just his fourth occasion of playing rugby, winger Nick McCartan scored Mancs’ first try, before having two more disallowed. McCartan said the hard work in training ensured Mancunians didn’t fall to a similar scoreline defeat as they had at Bury Broncos the week before, ending 12-58 to Fitton Hill.

“Obviously, last week, we took a bit of a beating but we didn’t dwell on that result.

“I think we defended a lot better than [against Bury Broncos]. We didn’t let our heads go down when we were on the back foot and we kept at it.”

IMG_5790Following a rallying mid-week training session, Mancunians tightened the holes in their defence and showed sparks of inspired attack, crossing the opposition line five times, with two tries scratched off as forward passes.

Of his own performance, McCartan said he is enjoying his rugby and hopes to continue his scoring record.

“I think I played OK. Personally, I don’t think I deserved to be Manc of the match but I’m more than happy to take it. Obviously, I should have had a hat-trick but I don’t think the referee liked me.” Said McCartan.

The visitors were on the front foot from almost the kick off, showing before too long their clear size and strength advantage over their Manchester opposition. The introduction of hard-running Mancunians forward Mike Burr 50 minutes into the match evened the packs up somewhat, Burr breaking a tiring opposition line twice, adding 8 points to a scoreline unreflecting of Mancunians’ effort to remain well in the game for large parts of the match.

McCartan (in the scrum cap) in the tackle

McCartan (in the scrum cap) in the tackle

Next week Mancunians travel to Westhoughton Lions, hoping to complete the double over the side one place and two points above them in the league. McCartan said he is enjoying his fledgling rugby league career and that the small things will bring Mancunians the rewards they deserve.

“I think we need to defend a bit better and stick together when/if we concede a try. If we can do that, and complete our sets, we’ll do well against Westhoughton.

“It’s definitely getting there though. And I’m excited to be apart of it, when it does.”

Westhoughton Lions v Mancunians RL kicks off 2.30pm (subject to change) at The Den, BL5 2AN.


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