THERE are still lessons to be learned but MK Wolves are ready for the challenge, despite their narrow defeat to Bury Titans at the weekend.
In only their third competitive rugby league game, Wolves narrowly lost 26-34 at their Emerson Valley home to the much more experienced Bury side.
The close score gave player-coach Scott Aspinall something to smile about, knowing that they need to iron out the creases before they can see results go their way.
He said: “Unlike the teams we’ve faced so far, this MK Wolves side is brand new to rugby league and that showed in the errors we made that gifted Bury many of their tries.
“But the more we train and the more we play those errors will get ironed out. We showed great commitment to get back into the game, and we’ve some very talented players in this squad who will be great for this club.”
After a positive, hard-hitting start by the home side, Bury began to show their experiences and broke the deadlock on 11 minutes with a try in the corner. But Wolves quickly responded with sustained pressure that ended with a great inside ball from stand-off Chris Melly to second row David Brown to cross for the try.
With the heat taking its toll, Wolves eased off in the last 20 minutes of the first half, but errors gifted Bury a further three tries leaving the half-time score at 6-22, leaving Wolves with a mountain to climb in the second period.
However, after a rallying team talk, MK started the second half with the same intensity they started the first, and with only two minutes of the half played, Wolves’ captain Kieran McConnell finished off a well-worked move to score.
Bury Titans hit back with a try, and MK did themselves no favours on the restart when the Wolves’ scrum-half was sent to the sin-bin following a high tackle. Despite being a man down, it was Wolves who scored with a try from debutant Dan Rolfe.
In the tit-for-tat half, Titans again took advantage of an MK handling error to score, but it was Wolves who finished the stronger, with a second try from prop McConnell and a superb 80-metre solo effort from debutant winger Orama Chiromo.
And while the score was more pleasing for Titans as they faced the long drive home, Wolves took it in their stride and are already looking ahead to their next league game against another team making their debut this season – the North Herts Crusaders from Letchworth.
Before that though, they have been invited to play a curtain-raiser match on a bigger stage – playing at the home of Championship One side London Skolars.
Aspinall added: “All match experience is essential to us improving our game, and we’re honoured to be asked to play at the home of one of the leading teams in the South of England.”