With the iPro Sport Cup decided game 2 for the day was upon us – Workington Town v Whitehaven. The Summer Bash would showcase every team in the Kingstone Press Championship.

With 6 games to post about there will be more photos fewer words that some are used to.

Game 1 pitted 10th place Workington against 11th place Whitehaven – a big game for both teams therefore! Both were on 6 points but Whitehaven had faced some heavy defeats including a drubbing by Workington, losing 40 nil.

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This in common with several of the other matches was a true local derby, with a mere 8.5 miles separating the 2 Cumbrian teams –  so pride as well as points at stake!

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I’m sure revenge was on their minds, Whitehaven were certainly the better team in the 1st half, there was a determination to their game and it has to be said more than a few errors by Workington.

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Whitehaven were a team on a mission scoring 4 first half tries through Grant Gore, Jordan Sigismeau, Louis Jouffret and Jordan Burns – Workington scored a single try through Jarrad Stack, converted by Carl Forber.

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4 tries to one should have given an unassailable lead, however Louis Jouffret only converted his own try – would those 6 missed points make the difference?

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The teams went in at half time with the scores on Workington Town 6 Whitehaven 18.

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A 12 point gap won’t have looked too daunting for Workington they could easily have been looking at a 24 point deficit.

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It felt like 2 different teams emerged for the 2nd half!   Jarrad Stack added his 2nd try and was joined on the scoresheet by Marc Shackley and Jack Murphy.  Carl Forber added a further 8 points in a great kicking display.

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Whitehaven could only add a further 2 points from the boot of Louis Jouffret – momentum counts for so much in rugby league and it was certainly with Workington in the 2nd half.

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The final score was Workington 26 Whitehaven 20 not what would have been expected at half time!

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Time for lunch before the next game, thankfully I’d bought some pasta from Waitrose on my journey – no kudos at all to Waitrose on their feeble fork!  First of all I was left with just the end – then one of the spikes (not right I know) snapped off!  Useless!  But the pasta was good!

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The afternoon was glorious – a beautiful blue sky!  But, it was pretty freezing in the stadium – that’ll teach me to dress for Summer!  Game 3 for the day next!

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