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2nd XV - Match centre

Leamington
Southam RUFC
Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - Friendly Full time

Leamington 31 - 28 Southam

Southam come back strong to win the second half, but just not enough to win the game

Southam started the game in the best possible way by scoring a try within the first minute by long high kick from Southam’s 10 Toby Saunders, the forwards pressure the Leamington catcher who fumbled the ball going backwards over their try line. Ollie Tyrell dived on the ball to score in the corner. Toby Saunders converted the kick.

Leamington scored a try 10 minutes later with a blinding run from their fast and strong number eight who ran through the Southam team from a scrum in our 22. Southam had a lot of the territory in the 1st half, but knocking the ball on or giving away penalties at the break down stopped them scoring. Southams next try came from scrum half and captain Phil Nichols, making a break down the blindside committing two men passing the ball to Toby Saunders, who grubber kicked the ball through Leamington's backs for winger Kiron Phillips to beat the leamington backs in a foot race to score in the corner. Toby Saunders converted the kick.

Leamington scored straight after by a kicking down the Southams half and forcing a mistake by the Southam backline knocking the ball on, with the referee playing advantage the scored under the posts. Leamington were awarded a penalty at the break down, going for territory they kicked down the Southam 22. They won the line out and through the forwards drove over the Southam line.
HT 24 - 14

Southam Started the second half poorly with miss communication and missed tackles Leamington backs ran through to score under the posts. Southam managed to keep the territory, but with a lack of possession and penalties Leamington kept putting the pressure on.
With a great piece of individual skill Toby Saunders made a break, chipped over the Leamington backs, gathered a beautifully timed bounce to score a try that Southam so desperately needed, converting his own try.

With are tails up we kept the ball in the forwards, with Flo Neale coming on and making some huge carries and crunching tackles. Southam made a lot of meters by forwards offloading to each other and keeping the ball alive, so much so that Flanker and vice-captain Ollie Tyrell scored his second try of the match by making a break and running over the Leamington winger to score in the corner. Toby Saunders converted. This brought Southam within three points of Leamington with 15 minutes to go, unfortunately we were unable to score due to silly penalties knock on’s from the pressure of the Leamington Defence.
FT 31 – 28.

MOTM Toby Saunders

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