When these two teams met in Sheffield last year, Bridgnorth with six changes to todays side, lost
24-3in an error strewn game , with two key players getting sent off for an early bath.
Sheffield made good use of the wind and slope of the pitch to keep Bridgnorth in their own 22.
Todays report was an almost exact re-run.
Sheffield with an accurate clearing kick created the opening score with a great conversion putting them 7-0 clear.The Bridgnorth pack with Boyce and Cave back in harness, seemed to have the upper hand but infringements continued to let Sheffield off the hook.A penalty under the posts by Sheffields Hodgson put them further ahead. A powerful shunt by the All-Blacks led to a lineout for Jake Goulson, rising magnificently, to gain possession and leading to a penalty under the posts, converted by Afe. Smeilus came on for Joe Cave and although Sheffield kept using the wind and slope very sensibly to keep Bridgnorth at bay, another good scrum yielded yet another chance for Afe to make the halftime score 10-6
The second half followed with a yellow card for Charley Wright and depite the wind behind them Bridgnorth failed to find touch, going for the extra few yards, but again the pack created good possession for Afe to score and his conversion put Bridgnorth in front 10-13.
The referee missed an obvious knock on in the act of scoring, to put Sheffield back in the lead with an unconverted try 15-13.
As last time when Bridgnorth had two players sent off, Calum Madden added to his collection of yellows, yielding a penalty for Sheffield and victory by 18 points to 13.
Playing twenty minutes with a player short is not the best way to win matches.
Sheffield with their winning points in the bag, sportingly kicked the ball out of play but allowing Bridgnorth to go home with a losing bonus point.
Not one of Bridgnorth's best performances but with new boy Afe the obvious Man of the match scoring all the points himself.
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