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28
OCT

Phoenix managed to break the Wath hoodoo experienced over the last two seasons - but only just!

After suffering a heavy defeat at Leeds Met University the previous week Phoenix looked to bounce back and concentrate their efforts on the league.

The early signs were encouraging with an early score from Burton on the wing which seemed to bode well. However a compbination of speedy hands in the Wath backs and poor defence in the Phoenix back line saw the home side even the score.

The rest of the half wasn't pretty viewing with the slope kicks were just a tad too far and some the decision making in genral was poor. The closest Phoenix came to scoring was from the back of a scrum when Elliot (Tim) broke blind with Stuart joining at pace creating a 2 on1 but the pass went astray and a golden opportunity missed.

The referee then yellow carded the Wath prop and Phoenix skipper for running at each other which he deemed to be head butting, to make matters worse Millar was sin binned 2 minutes later for shoulder barging instead of tackling.

Despite being a man down Phoenic looked like they could hold out until half time but again poor defence from a quick penalty saw the number 8 evade two tackles to go over for a HT 10-5 lead.

Phoenix essentially won the game in the first fifteen of the second period which saw the introdcution of Kaihau and Roodt, the former picking and boshing with immediate effect and from close range he gathered and went over in the corner and Stuart added the conversion from the touchline.

Having now discovered that possession was key and Roodt,Germain and Kaihau to the fore the forwards applied more of the same which saw them drive close and allow the returning Millar to go over. Phoenix then duplicated the phase that saw Taylor collect from short range and in a 'gentlemanly' fashion pop over with a Millar conversion 24-10.

Phoenix then hit the self destruct button again and ensured a nail biting finish for the Phoenix faithful when again poor defence in the centre saw the home side breach twice, which meant a tense finish but fortunately the visitors held on for the first away victory of the year and 2 points off the top- however form will vastly need to improve if they are to maintain their challenge for the assualt on Yorkshire 2

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