CLINICAL LUCTONIANS TAKE THE POINTS AT WINDY MORTIMOR PARK
LUCTONIANS 40 BOURNVILLE 10
The journey to Leominster didn't start well as player coach Mitch McGahan declared himself unfit to play due to illness, which meant a re shuffle in the backs as Mark Coulson moved into 10, meaning newest recruit Jordy Hop made an immediate debut in the centre with Ben King. In the forwards, Terry Sigley moved over to tight head and James Weaver came in at hooker. Matt McKeown returned at 6 leaving a new bench of Scott Rudge, Ben Shimwell and Lewis Webb.
A howling, biting gale greeted the teams which blew straight up the slight slope away from the clubhouse. The home side had the majority of possession using the bulky forwards to try and hammer their way through the Bournville defence led by the rampaging number 8. Bourns kept their opponents at arms length but any penalties around the 10 metre line were kickable with the wind and Bourns were conceding at the breakdown. Three were kicked in the first quarter with an added yellow card for Tom Holliday responding to some foul play which the referee didn't see. Both teams lost two players to injury, the rather athletic looking 12 for Lucs and James Weaver for Bourns leaving young front rower Scott Rudge some early game time. Play became very scrappy as both sides struggled with the handling in the wind, however Bourns kept it 9-0 with one minute of play left in the half.
The game turned for Bourns in that minute in a negative way when firstly a clearance kick was charged down in the 22 and the Lucs scrum half coasted in under the posts. Lucs won the re start and Bourns didn't lay a hand on anyone as the Namibian second row took the final pass, so 14 points conceded in a minute to make the home side 23-0 to the good.
The second half started with Bourns throwing everything at Lucs with the forwards getting past the gain line and newbie Jordy Hop in particular making some nice breaks in mid-field with some great foot work and strength. More assured handling should have seen at least two chances taken. The Namibian international saw yellow for an offence and Bourns camped on the line. They couldn't get over and had to settle for a three pointer from Rhys Harrhy. Good news followed when after making another telling break, Jordy Hop fired a pin point 20 meter pass to full back Paul Sumner who beat the cover to get near the posts for the easier kick to make it 23-10 after 52 minutes. Great work between the forwards saw Angus Low make a run for the line but he was taken into touch by a brilliant try saving tackle.
Bourns thought they had scored again when Lucs came in from the side as Bourns were driving a maul over the line. Tex Sigley touched down but bodies meant the referee was un-sighted. The penalty try you hear, but only a penalty 5 meters out. Bourns tried a scrum but were turned over in mid field and Lucs broke out with the full back side stepping his way to the line. Bourns kept going but loose passing and some late missed tackles cost dear as Lucs scored two more tries in the final minutes to give a score line of 40-10.
Never a 30 point gap between the teams, but the better sides in this league are clinical and Lucs took their chances when they came and Bourns didn't.
Star men for me were Jordy Hop who made some great breaks in the mid field and prop James Burgoyne whose work rate in the loose was immense as well as his scrummage duties.
Next week it's high flying old foes Newport Salop visiting Avery fields in what is always an exciting fixture.
Team : 15, Paul Sumner, 14, James Whybrow, 13, Jordy Hop, 12, Ben King, 11, Ethan Walker, 10, Mark Coulson, 9, Rhys Harrhy, 8, Ejike Uzoigwe, 7, Angus Low, 6, Matt McKeown, 5, Tom Holliday, 4, Steve Handy (captain), 3, Terry Sigley, 2, James Weaver, 1, James Burgoyne, 16, Scott Rudge, 17, Ben Shimwell, 18, Lewis Webb.