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N.E.W. Ravens Rugby League
Leamiington Royals
Sat 28 May 14:30 - League Full time

Ravens struggle lacking backs

Ravens struggle lacking backs but keep fighting on!

Ravens hosted Leamington Royals on Sat 28th May, confidence was high after last seasons strong performance against the visitors. However Ravens had a unusual problem in a lack of back players. Several players filled the gaps and 3 made their debut a s the club rallied to turn out a competitive side.
Ravens held the Royals on the centre of the park but Royals quickly exploited the make shift flanks, scoring 4 converted trys. On to the 29th minute Ravens managed to burst through the Royals line and Vice Captain Liam Dunne scored their first try, with the conversion being just off target.
Royals replied with 2 trys but Ravens loose forward Mark Austin scored from acting half by weaved his way over the try line. This try was converted by David Wimbury. Half time score was 30 – 10 to the vistors.
Ravens continued to make unforced errors in the second half, continually presenting possession to the Royals. The completed their sets and Ravens conceded 3 more trys before Player and Coach Rich Whitehouse stopped the rut and scored after breaking the Royals line. Wimbury again found the mark with the conversion.
The Royals ran in two more trys in the corners but as always Ravens kept fighting and had the last word with a spectacular Scott Pocock converted try. This was a little consolation as the final whistle sounded with a score line of Royals 56 and Ravens 22.
Jason Spafford, Director of Rugby said “Leamington are a very ood side and we didn’t give them the best game we could today. Things just went wrong for us today and we will look at why that happened and how we put those things right. The team worked hard today but despite the quality of the Royals, we made many simple mistakes.”
Next sat 4th June is a massive home game as Ravens finally meet the new South Birmingham Hawks in what is likely to be a fierce local grudge match. Expect fireworks from the start. Kick Off 2.30pm

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