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Sheffield
Syston
Sat 1 Dec 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands Premier Full time

Sheffield RUFC 52 - 0 Syston RFC

Sheffield turn out a very professional performance to defeat a battling Syston...

Sheffield RUFC 52 - 0 Syston RFC

Team Selection for Saturday, 1st December 2018

15 Andy Hodgson
14 Zed Richards
13 James Flint
12 Ben Parker
11 Gareth Morley
10 Will Hodgson
9 Steve Depledge

Sheffield v Syston
62 photos

1 Joe Cooke
2 Ianto Jones
3 Dan Rylance
4 Dave Clayden
5 Dom Parsons
6 Jason Hignell
7 Tommy Womack
8 Sean Casey
Replacements:-
16 Ben Whitney
17 Angus Hughes
18 Jonny France

After the excellent but nerve-racking performance to defeat Scunthorpe last Saturday, Sheffield were once more at home, this time to Syston RFC; who were relegated from the league two seasons ago and have immediately bounced back. The match last week with Scunthorpe took a heavy toll on the players, with injuries to backs Rupert Broadley, Lewis Bowman and Matt Law, along with flank forward Zak Smith. With Ali Womack already side-lined and Rob Conville absent for personal reasons, this has put a lot of pressure on selection. Matt Law was replaced in the centre by Ben Parker. Zed Richards came in for Rupert Broadley on the right wing, for only his second appearance, having scored six tries for the seconds at Pocklington last week. Tom Womack moved up from the bench to replace Zak Smith in the back row and Angus Hughes returned to the squad on the bench for his first appearance since being concussed in the match against Nuneaton on the 3rd November. Ben Whitney moved from Loose-head prop to the bench with Joe Cooke moving in the opposite direction. Gareth Morley’s cameo from retirement continued on the left wing.

Sheffield could not have gotten off to a better start. Syston kicked off and Sheffield returned the favour with a kick deep into Syston’s 22-metre area. Syston made a mess of the clearance and Sheffield had a 5-metre scrum, from which they powered through toward the try line when Syston’s flank-forward broke off to dive on the ball at the back of the scrum. Referee Harvey Knight decided that this was worthy of a penalty try to give Sheffield a 7 point to nil lead after just two minutes, however, he did not offer up a yellow card for the offence. Despite this early setback, Syston showed the kind of resolve that helped them defeat Doncaster Phoenix last week and took Scunthorpe very close the week before that, but little mistakes at crucial moments and some fierce defence prevented them from converting their endeavours into points. However, Sheffield were beneficiaries of two penalties, allowing them to clear their lines over half away and a scything move, first down the left and then down the right, put Sheffield close in on Syston’s try line. Sheffield were awarded a further penalty ten metres out and elected for the scrum, which drove irrevocably forward. However, as Sean Casey scored the try, the referee brought us back to give us a penalty. The scrum was taken again and, on this occasion, Depledge was able to ground. His conversion hit he post and went off to the left, but Sheffield led by 12 points to nil after 12 minutes. From the kick-off the two teams exchanged kicks, but once again a Syston error would give Sheffield possession and momentum. Syston were adjudged to have made a forward pass on their 10-metre and from the scrum Sheffield carved their back division to pieces for full back Andy Hodgson to score the third try. Steve Depledge added the conversion and the lead was out to 19 points to nil after 17 minutes.

Syston dug in and kept Sheffield at bay over the next 10 minutes, and Sheffield were to lose Tom Womack after a knock to the head, to be replaced by Angus Hughes. Then Syston turned ball over to Sheffield and Andy Hodgson put in a kick right up to Syston’s 5-metre line. From the line out Syston had obviously spotted that Sheffield’s defence was not properly aligned and decided to run out of defence instead of kicking. A decision if it had been successfully carried out, could have cost Sheffield dear, but the all-important last pass had gone well forward and Sheffield had another scrum close in on Syston’s try line, this time Sean Casey was able to get over for the score. Steve Depledge added the conversion and the lead was out to 26 points to nil after 29 minutes. Syston continued to fight hard, but the handling errors were costing them dear. Sheffield had a further penalty, which once again was despatched to the corner. Having won the ball Sheffield drove for the try line again, on this occasion Dom Parsons the scorer, as the pack powered over from a well-set driving maul. Steve Depledge missed the conversion, but the score with 37 minutes gone was 31 points to nil.

The second half saw Syston battling very hard and keeping Sheffield very much at bay until the beginning of the fourth quarter of the match, when Syston turned the ball over on Sheffield’s 10-metre line. The ball found its way quickly to fly-half Will Hodgson who burst through the Syston defensive line before handing on to Steve Depledge to his second under the posts. Depledge added the conversion to his try and the lead stood at 38 points to nil after 62 minutes. Sheffield battled their way back up the pitch and a number of unforced errors and a couple of silly penalties from Syston once again gave Sheffield possession and position and the happy recipient was to be Jonny France, scoring just to the right of the posts. Steve Depledge added the conversion and the lead was now 45 points to nil after 71 minutes. Sheffield were straight back from the kick off as Syston now looked to be very tired, and Angus Hughes went over just to the left of the posts. Steve Depledge added the conversion and the score was now 52 points to nil after 74 minutes. Jonny France could have added a second try as the game ran toward time, but a rather sloppy pass was knocked on with the line begging and the chance had gone, the referee decided we were all quite cold and wet enough.

Up-coming fixtures:-

08-Dec-18 Bournville RFC Away League
15-Dec-18 Broadstreet RFC Home League

Scoring:-

TimeScorerType of ScoreTeamScoreScore
MinutesHomeAway
TeamTeam
1st Half
2Penalty Try (1)Sheffield RUFC7-0
11Sean Casey (8)Try (2) Sheffield RUFC12-0
11+1Steve Depledge (9)Missed ConversionSheffield RUFC12-0
16Andy Hodgson (15)Try (3)Sheffield RUFC17-0
16+1Steve Depledge (9)Conversion (1)Sheffield RUFC19-0
29Sean Casey (8)Try (4) Sheffield RUFC24-0
29+1Steve Depledge (9)Conversion (2)Sheffield RUFC26-0
36Dave Clayden (4)Try (5) Sheffield RUFC31-0
36+1Steve Depledge (9)Missed ConversionSheffield RUFC31-0
Half Time: -31-0
2nd Half
61Steve Depledge (9)Try (6) Sheffield RUFC36-0
61+1Steve Depledge (9)Conversion (3)Sheffield RUFC38-0
70Jonny France (18)Try (7) Sheffield RUFC43-0
70+1Steve Depledge (9)Conversion (4)Sheffield RUFC45-0
74Angus Hughes (17)Try (8) Sheffield RUFC50-0
74+1Steve Depledge (9)Conversion (5)Sheffield RUFC52-0
Full Time52-0

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Sheffield v Syston
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Sheffield v Syston

Team selection

Hodgson, Andy Hodgson, Andy
Richards, Zed Richards, Zed
Flint, James Flint, James
Parker, Ben Parker, Ben
Morley, Gareth Morley, Gareth
Hodgson, Will Hodgson, Will
Depledge, Steven Depledge, Steven
Casey, Sean Casey, Sean
Womack, Tom Womack, Tom
Hignell, Jason Hignell, Jason
Parsons, Dominic Parsons, Dominic
Clayden, Dave Clayden, Dave
Rylance, Dan Rylance, Dan
Jones, Ianto Jones, Ianto
Cooke, Joe Cooke, Joe

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Scunthorpe 13 50
2. Bridgnorth 13 47
3. Newport (Salop) 13 47
4. Luctonians 13 45
5. Sheffield 13 41
6. Broadstreet 13 39
7. Lichfield 13 35

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