They were led by their captain Tom Andrews
and made a fine start with the forwards led by John Peng
, sam johnson
and Harvey Clifton
, winning a lot of the possession. Boston worked the scrums , the rucks and the mauls very well but despite the early possession, the backs were unable to convert it into points and they squandered some clear overlaps. Grimsby defended well and broke out to score the first. The Boston number eight Aaron Evison
was sin binned for a high tackle and Boston had to readjust which they did well. Ben Warren
at inside centre was particularly effective against his Grimsby opponent and he was well supported by Jaron " Jazz " Cowern both producing some good incisive running and some excellent tackling. Chris Cook
, the Boston full back caught everything and ran the ball back very strongly almost breaking through on a couple of occasions.
Boston made some substitutions at half time to give a number of the newer players some match experience. The Boston wingers did not see a lot of the ball despite the forwards continuing to win possession of the ball. Charlie Porcher
and Jordan Bradley continually made an effective nuisance of themselves but whenever Grimsby attacked, Ben Warren
Unfortunately, for Boston, Grimsby managed to make their fitness tell and half way through the second half, they scored their second try which was quickly followed by a third. To their credit, Boston continued to play good rugby and again the backs did not make effective use of two overlaps which should have secured some points.
The rugby played by both teams was entertaining and positive and played in a fantastic spirit. The final score was Boston 0 Grimsby 17.
In the post match get together, the Grimsby coaches made particular reference to two Boston players, Ben Warren
and Chris Cook
. The Boston man of the match for his overall total commitment and effort , his fantastic tackling and good positional play and when given the opportunity, his incisive attacking play, was Ben Warren
; he celebrated in the " traditional manner " in the club house !