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Biggleswade
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - Midland Division - Midlands 3 East (South)

BB wobble at the top.

Biggy blew the championship race wide open with a thoroughly deserved win at the mill, and in fact, had they brought a goal kicker they would have won far more comfortably as they missed 20 points in kicks.

BB are missing a couple of key players but look a shaddow of the team that swept all before them at the begining of the season, including a 47points win at Biggleswade back in November. The game kicked off in ideal conditions, Biggy on the offensive from the start missing an early penalty, the first of six. BB worked their way upfield and their most potent weapon, the scrum, produced a try as Biggy were rocked backwards creating space for Dan George to score in the corner 5-0. Biggy returned to the attack missing two more penalty kicks, but from a resulting drop out they ran the ball back scoring a try 5-5. BB's back row were not in the game, forcing the referee to give too many penalties against them as they struggled to contain Biggy.However a BB catch and drive, drove Biggy back opening the blindside for George to score his second 10-5 at the break.


BB opened the second half strongly going to the corner from a penalty, but the ball was turned over. Biggy gained the ascendancy but missed two more pens much to the home sides relief. A crucial 10 mins were to follow as a BB prop was sinbinned so nullifying their scrum advantage.Worse was to come as the referee missed a Biggy player kneeing at a ruck,and with BB taking the law into their own hands, the other prop was red carded. With the scrums now uncontested Biggy took a penalty quickly and the ball was swept across the pitch for a try, and would you believe it, a match winning conversion 10-12. BB finally came to life and for the last 10mins threw the kitchen sink at Biggy and could have unfairly won the game. When you possess the best running fly half in the league you must support him, as shown when two searing breaks from Andy Silley came to nothing. BB picked up the losing bonus point to remain top of the leagueby 2 points. BB do not play next week, but travel to Old Scouts on Wed 21/3/12 in the semi-final of the Alliance Cup k.o. 7.30.

Related by our frustrated pitch side pundit Roger Allen.


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