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Over 5,300 gate and on Grandstand....Haven gave Superb showing
March 28 2004
After what has been a tremendous day for Whitehaven RLFC, we can only echo Coach Steve McCormacks comments"........the Players effort could not be faulted indeed." Indeed every one gave 110% for the cause and that's all we can ever ask of the players. The result of the game was realistically only what could be expected when a top NL1 club meet a Top four Super league club.
Captains ready for the Cup battle on Sunday

Though matching each other in the early exchanges the normally imposing Haven defence just couldn't stymie a Wolves pack that continually caught Haven on the back foot with quick play the balls and incisive running from the Dummy half. Once they had established a go forward a Sweeping passing movement from a penalty saw winger Wilshere beat the Haven's scrambling defence to open the Wolves account. Haven then conceded another try before a dropped ball near the Wolves line saw Lee Kiddie race over for a try to pin the score back - Haven 6 Wolves 10. Hope for the home team as the half time hooter approached , in the next attack Mick Nanyn gathered a kick through and looked as though he could have scored himself but chose to pass and the opportunity to take the lead evaporated.
Indeed it was the Wolves who struck the Killer blow in first half injury time as Nathan Wood robbed the ball from Gary Broadbent to score a very debatable yet crucial try. 14-6 to the Wolves, was this to much leeway for a brave Haven to claw back ?

To have any chance of making a game Haven had to score first after the break however it was the Wolves who broke Haven hearts with two quick trys from Sibbitt and Woods. Though Mick Nanyn scored a fine individual try after that it was only a consolation score as the Wolves showed real class to romp home 10-42.

Well done to all the lads for giving their all, on today's showing the improving Wolves outfit will be thereabouts at the end of the season. They had that bit extra in every facet of their game , Marginally quicker in speed of though, passing and running, and with key players performing well through out they always had that edge over a gallant Haven effort. The cumulative results of this was that Haven were stretched to breaking point by a very well organised and competent Wolves team that is a tribute to the work Paul Cullen has put in there.

So we now have to move on and much hard work lies ahead .Not for the Haven the futile deception of turning in a good performance
in the midst of a conclusive defeat, other clubs are welcome to that . The events of the last few weeks now means that the Holy Grail of a Super League place is perhaps more sought after now than ever, the club is making rapid strides in many areas, but the lesson from today is that the time, effort and resources must now be invested in the playing side in the years and months to come to enable to the club to take advantage of any opportunities that may be made available to us.

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