Nomads Continue Winning Ways
Harvey Hat-Trick the Highlight
Shelford Nomads upturn in form continued with another accomplished performance, as they secured their fourth league win on the bounce.
Nomads looked extremely slick with ball in hand, and looked threatening throughout the game every time they did, and with this allied with some extremely aggressive gain line defence, forced a number of turnovers which were then used to good effect.
Shelford started brightly, and a fine break by winger Junior Koresi was finished off by full back Lewis Cracknell, who then converted his own score, 7-0.
A period of sustained Nomads’ pressure on the OA’s line was then converted into the first try for scrum half Jack Harvey, as a sniping run across the OA’s defence caused concern before he dummied his way over, converted by Cracknell, 14-0.
A fine turnover by Shelford was then run back at the OA’s defence by Shingai Chiwanga before he offloaded to Tom Jackson, and he used his pace to skate away under the posts, converted by Cracknell, 21-0.
Shelford then secured their BP with some fine hands by Junior Koresi, as a sublime ‘out the back’ offload saw Jackson yet again storm away, this time down the blind side to score a superb try, 26-0.
The half was finished off with the Nomads’ defence forcing a wild offload by OA’s, and flanker Tommy Johnston was on hand to pick this off, as he stormed away for the score from just over halfway, converted again by Cracknell, 33-0.
The Nomads started the second half as they finished the first, as an awkwardly bouncing kick ahead by Jack Harvey was picked up well by Rhodri Dawes, and another sublime offload by Dawes saw Harvey run clear as he chased up his kick well in support. Cracknell converted for a 40-0 lead.
Shelford then started to make a number of changes, as they have their eye on the County Cup Semi-Final in midweek, and this disrupted their defence and attacking play a little. This allowed OA’s to finally get a foothold in the game and couple of periods of sustained pressure on the Nomads’ line saw them deservedly get on the scoresheet at 40-10.
Further turnover ball was used well by Shelford, as they kicked in behind the OA’s defence. Rhodri Dawes then collected the loose ball before giving a fine offload to young flanker Harry Jones, who was having a fine game, and Jones stormed away over the line, converted by Dawes, 47-10.
OA’s were then penalised for offside close to their own tryline, and a quick-thinking Jack Harvey tapped the penalty and spun the ball wide for Isaac Berry to force his way over, 52-10.
A dominant scrum by Shelford then won the ball against the head, and No. 8 Doug Finlayson swiveled away from the back of the scrum before giving the offload to Harvey for him to complete a fine hat-trick, converted by Dawes, 59-10.
A couple of yellow cards for Shelford late on in the game took a little bit of the shine off another fine performance, as they were forced to work hard to keep OA’s out close to their own line, but ultimately, the lack of numbers meant the inevitable score came OA’s way, to make the score 59-15, but they ran out of time to score their 4th try to get something out of the game.
Another fine team performance gives them good heart going into their County Cup Semi-Final on Wednesday evening against Cantabs.
Score : 59 v 15
Tries : Lewis Cracknell Jack Henry George x3 Tom Jackson x2 Tommy Johnston Harry Jones Isaac Berry
Conversions: Lewis Cracknell x5 Rhodri Dawes x2
Man of the Match: Miles Anderson
Dork of the Day: Kevin Kanda