Sunday, 12 September 2010

Winning debut for Jason Robinson

A crowd of 2,400 at the Woodlands Memorial ground saw Jason Robinson make his eagerly awaited home debut for Fylde in the local derby with Preston Grasshoppers. Although Robinson failed to get on the score sheet, his trademark dancing feet and speed were very much in evidence as he had a hand in a couple of tries and produced a good all round display.

Robinson formally retired from all rugby after the 2007 World Cup, although he has made two appearances since. Once for the Barbarians at Twickenham later that year and then in a charity match earlier this year, on behalf of an England Legends team where his two tries showed that he has still much to offer at the age of 36.

'People will come here and maybe in the back of their minds they will realise I retired three years ago, but they will still expect me to beat people and make things happen,’ said Robinson earlier in the week

‘People will still think, “Right then Billy Whizz, let’s see what you’ve got”. I know that I can still do that, so part of my job is proving that.’

Fylde who were captained by Sam Beaumont produced a fine second half performance scoring 30 unanswered points in the final 28 minutes despite playing the last quarter of the match with 14 men to run out winners 48-17. Man of the match went to Richard Kenyon for his brace of tries. Fylde now sit in third place behind Loughborough Students and Caldy in National League 2 North.

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