Furness signed off 2017 in some style with a terrific victory over the enthusiastic Zebra's at the Ellis Ground. Unfortunately the array of festive excuses offered up by players who would not travel up the coast forced the blues to make numerous changes however for those who donned the blue and white had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Furness started the brighter of the two sides and it was evident that they did not possess a designated goal kicker as penalty chances were squandered. Workington were a little predictable with their tactics as Furness wrapped up their bug runners, Corne Els, Will and Joe Mallinson putting in some good defensive work. Prop Dan Scott burst through the home defence to show them how it should be done and from the resulting ruck Furness moved the ball blind to find full back Alex Brown joining the line and opening the scoring.
Rhys Studt went close following the re-
After the break Studt took the match to the home 5m line setting up a second try for Taputu who took his opportunity in style. Complacency was a greater threat than Workington and so it proved as the home side hit back with a converted try, 7-
Workington hit back with a try that looked like a consolation however Brown incurred the wrath of the excellent referee, Martin Denvir, who showed the only yellow card of the game. With only 5 minutes left Workington had a chance of an unlikely victory and promptly closed the gap to only 3 points with a converted try. Furness held their nerve and forced an error to take the final scrum of the game and close out the match, 24-
An excellent afternoon for the blues, all 15 players worked their socks off in a thoroughly entertaining game of rugby. Workington deserve credit for not giving up on a lost cause and also for their fine hospitality after the match as they produced a full Christmas meal for the players and officials. On this form and commitment from those who bothered to travel Furness should look optimistically to 2018.