ALTHOUGH the scoreline appears one sided, Kendal held the lead 14-15 after 35 minutes as their forwards took control of the game in the second quarter and fought back from a 14-0 deficit.
The home team started well and led 14-0 after 12 minutes, tries by Ali Baker and Rob Pearl both converted by Dan Harvey.
The Kendal forwards dominated possession in the second quarter, assisted by a number of penalties against Wirral. A cross-kick allowed James Postlethwaite to outpace the home defence and score; Kendal’s second try came from a rolling maul.
One conversion and a penalty by Chris Park took Kendal a point ahead at 14-15.
The game was decided just before half time when Wirral regained the initiative and ran in two tries through James Annetts and Dan Harvey with the latter converting one to give Wirral a 26-15 half time lead.
Playing against the wind in the second half, Wirral immediately took control with a try in the first minute of the half through Matt Loon; thereafter six further tries were scored through Matt Loon, Keith Mahon, Ali Baker (2), Rob Pearl and James Annetts with Dan and Craig Harvey each converting three.
Overall this was an excellent display by the Wirral side who were warmly applauded by the large crowd as they left the field.