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Bradford & Bingley
Sandal
Sat 29 Oct 15:00 - RFU National - National League 3 North

Bees 31-8 Sandal

Bradford & Bingley pick holes in Sandal defence

 

It is often said that any side can beat any other on their day in this division.

However, on this showing it is a mystery how Sandal beat previously undefeated Chester the previous week as they were beaten at a canter by Martin Whitcombe’s men.

Aside from the excellent Mark Pease in the centre, stand-off Tom Hodson and open side flanker Tom Hirst, Sandal offered little as an attacking threat. However, they defended well for long periods to keep out the Bees, who had an upper hand in all departments.

Bees V Sandal 29/Oct/11
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Sandal made little impression when the home side were reduced to 13 men for ten minutes in the first half as Gavin Stead and then Roger Raper were sent to the cooler.

The home side were able to turn round 12-3 in front following that period when they were two men down. However, in truth the Sandal pack were never able to establish any kind of platform.

The first half was largely a forgettable 40 minutes as neither side really got going. The four penalties from Stead into the breeze against a single success from Hodson was probably a fair reflection of proceedings.

The second half was played at a better tempo and the home side started to open a few holes in the Sandal defence.

It took 15 minutes for the Bees to prise open the Sandal defence as Stead charged down the right flank for his eighth five-pointer of the season. The conversion came back off the post to spoil his otherwise immaculate day with the boot.

The Bees forwards were now clearly on top and, despite the huge presence of the three Norburys in the visiting pack, the Sandal eight were on roller skates as the Bees were awarded a penalty try as the visiting pack were overcome with 12 minutes left.

The Bees continued their squeeze up front and, with five minutes left, Ryan Wederell marked his return to the side with a flamboyant dive over the whitewash. With Stead tacking on both conversions, the Bees went looking for a fourth score, which proved elusive.

The Bees have won four from their last five and stand sixth in the table.

By

Nick Patterson

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As it happened

  • Bradford & Bingley
  • Sandal
  • 0
  • G Stead Penalty 5:00'
  • G Stead Penalty 12:00'
  • G Stead Penalty 17:00'
  • G Stead Yellow Card 26:00'
  • R Raper Yellow Card 27:00'
  • J Fawcett Sub Off 28:00'
  • J Moss Sub On 28:00'
  • J Fawcett Sub On 38:00'
  • J Moss Sub Off 38:00'
  • G Stead Penalty 40:00'
  • G Stead Try 55:00'
  • R Raper Sub Off 68:00'
  • J Moss Sub On 68:00'
  • J Brown Penalty Try 70:00'
  • S Brewer Sub Off 71:00'
  • G Stead Conversion 71:00'
  • N Thornton Sub On 71:00'
  • R Wederell Try 78:00'
  • G Stead Conversion 78:00'
  • R Wederell Player of the Match 80:00'

Period 1

5:00
G Stead kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
12:00
G Stead kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
17:00
G Stead kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
26:00
G Stead receives a yellow card for Bradford & Bingley
27:00
R Raper receives a yellow card for Bradford & Bingley
28:00
J Fawcett is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
28:00
J Moss is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
38:00
J Fawcett is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
38:00
J Moss is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley

Period 2

40:00
G Stead kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
55:00
G Stead scores for Bradford & Bingley
68:00
R Raper is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
68:00
J Moss is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
70:00
Bradford & Bingley is awarded a penalty try
71:00
S Brewer is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
71:00
G Stead kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
71:00
N Thornton is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
78:00
R Wederell scores for Bradford & Bingley
78:00
G Stead kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
80:00
R Wederell is awarded player of the match for Bradford & Bingley

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# Team Pd Pts
1. Darlington Mowden Park 26 112
2. Rossendale 26 91
3. Chester 26 84
4. Bradford & Bingley 26 80
5. Birkenhead Park 26 69
6. West Hartlepool 26 65
7. Lymm 26 65
8. Sandal 26 59

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