Scunthorpe u13 v Hullensians u13
Physical rugby at the college.
Scunthorpe have felt blessed of late all these home games, decent weather, and glorious rugby, what more could you want on a Sunday? Lots probably, but we still keep coming so i reckon folks must enjoy it by now.
Today our opposition were Hullensians who we met and managed to sneak a win at their place, we played at the college so thanks to JLC for their facilities, thought the pitch may have been a little boggy but it was sound and held up really well.
The pitch was marked out with precision, in fact it looked like someone had laid a spirit level, such was the expert level of placement.
To kick off and within minutes the main strike runner for Hull went through a few attempts to slow him down, but they were brushed off like someone brushing crumbs off their top.
Luckily it was not a sign of things to come as Scunthorpe went back, managed a decent turn over and Dan Longden hit a great line through the middle, in scoring he landed on the ball and knocked the wind out of himself. Kick off which Scunthorpe fielded well, and the ball went through hands to big Josh for him to run in. Side note: Big josh decided to do a 10k run yesterday......for fun.....crackers, but applaud the effort.
Trys came fast as scores followed for speedster Oskar, the rumbling Scott Kelly, Lewis hitting a great line, Big Josh and Daniel grabbed their second tries and a fairly one sided 20 mins came to an end. 35-5. Hull struggled to cope with the speed of ruck, ball being passed from Dante and Jack releasing the backs. All this was with 12, after Scott left a trailing foot but made contact with the player on the floors head which resulted in a yellow.
When we played Hull at their place our second 20 was a little lacklustre and we allowed Hull to come back into it - guess what, de ja vu, Scunthorpe discipline then lost them probably for the first time this season. Giving away pens 6 in 3 mins 30 secs must be some sort of record, so when the ref said if you infringe again whoever it is gets a yellow card, unfortunately for big Josh it was he who infringed and he received Scunthorpe's second yellow. This gave the impetus to Hull, who ran in three tries without reply, the big runner creating havoc.
Luckily Greeny and his props of Oliver, Dunky and Little Josh marshalled the scrums, ably supported by Adam, Wilko, Dan for a run in the forwards and Scott, pushed the Hull scrum back time after time.
Hull could probably had more but the tackling of Jack Standerline off his wing and Dylan when he came on was outstanding.
When we came back to the accompaniment of 13, a kick off bounced off the Hull players legs and Alfie O was first to react sprinting into the corner, Oskar scored his second, Will Horner was unlucky not to score just as he stepped his defenders it gave the others opportunity to get back to defend. The 20 mins came to an end with the score favouring hull 3-2 but the overall score was 45-15.
Into the third, third and during this half it became niggly, a little back biting and penalties a plenty, during the breaks in complaints and penalties a little bit of rugby broke out Oskar completed his hat-trick, Alf O scored his second, and Big Josh completed the scoring, in doing so he delayed putting the ball down, Hull took exception, handbags at dawn, sorted out with a couple more yellows one for Scunthorpe and one for Hull.
Scunthorpe had been involved in a physical game, they rucked aggressively, scrummed well, a few stand out performers but Jack Murr played well releasing the backs and having confidence to throw the passes, Adam was excellent in the loose, Alf O put a Dante sized tackle in - all in all a good team performance throughout.
final score - 60 - 20
Coaches man of the match went unanimously to Daniel - who was excellent in attack, defence, in the backs and forwards alike.