Kiwi joins Fylde bid to repel Shark attack

FYLDE RUFC v Sale Sharks X1 at Woodlands, Ansdell.
FYLDE RUFC v Sale Sharks X1 at Woodlands, Ansdell.
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NEW ZEALANDER Glen Limbrick played for Fylde RFC in their 45-21 home defeat by a Sale Sharks XV in Saturday’s pre-season warm-up.

The Kiwi forward has played for Canterbury Under-20s and Fylde head coach Mark Nelson said: “We took the opportunity to look at him and allowed them to use one of our players, Cameron Thompson, because they were short of back rowers.

“Glen only arrived last Tuesday and he will train with us.”

Nelson pronounced himself satisfied with the Woodlands workout against the Premiership side.

He said: “I wasn’t really interested in the score – it was about the performance and getting a game under our belt against top-class opposition.

“We didn’t pick up major injuries, though we got some bumps as you would expect in a game of physicality.

“I thought a lot of players put their hands up and the game highlighted areas we knew we have to work on. We have to keep possession and respect the ball.

“The back row worked well and we showed a willingness to run. The game has given the players confidence that they can compete against a lot of players with first-team experience for Sale, and others who will play in the first team, so all in all it was a good day.”

Fylde begin their National League One campaign on Saturday week at home to Jersey and Nelson said positions are still up for grabs.

“The team is starting to crystalise in my mind but we have two good weeks of training to come. We have given the players a framework within which they can express themselves and excel.

“The Sale game was another step along that road – that’s why we wanted to play a top-class team.”

Among the absentees were hooker Jonny Roddam and winger Nick Royle, who will continue to play for Fylde this season whenever his England Sevens commitments permit following an agreement between the club and the RFU.

The Fylde team included 11 newcomers who have joined the club since their emphatic Division Two North title triumph.

Sale fielded a side of squad and academy players, with the first team arriving by coach five minutes after kick-off to lend support.

Lax tackling enabled Sale to draw first blood with a try by Jordan Davies after five minutes.

It was 14-0 after 15 minutes as Will Addison added a second try, both converted by Tommy Bell.

Tom Halsall and Oli Brennand both made strong runs for Fylde before Richard Kenyon, their best player thus far, fed Mike Waywell for a walk-in try which Kenyon goaled on 21 minutes.

Fylde tightened their defence but Sale’s pressure paid off on 37 minutes, when Moldovan prop Vadim Cobilas surged over after a break by scrum-half Will Cliff. Bell’s goal made it 21-7 at half-time, though winger Chris Tod made a valiant attempt to reduce the deficit before being crowded out.

Within two minutes of the restart, second rower Dan Hall crossed for Sale’s fourth try, quickly followed by a solo try by Ed Tellwright. Bell converted both.

Josh Beaumont, who seems to have grown over the summer, showed a tremendous turn of pace followed by a deft pass but again Sale covered efficiently to bundle Tod into touch.

Argentinian Joaquin Tuculet’s try made it 40 for the visitors before Tod was denied again, this time after Brennand engaged the after-burners.

Tucelet then caught Fylde out with a kick and chase for his second try before Paul Arnold’s power-packed run allowed Steve McGinnis a stroll-in try for Fylde in the 72nd minute, goaled by Kenyon.

And Fylde finished on something of a high as McGinnis’ defence-splitting pass five minutes later resulted in an Evan Stewart try and an excellent third conversion by Kenyon.