1st XV - Match centre

Spalding
St. Ives RFC
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
Full time
A Tayedzerwa (2), J Blackley, P Ashbridge, T Newman (2), O Bartlett
N Gusto, N Gusto
P Ashbridge, J Naylor
P Ashbridge (2)
Sat 16 Sep 14:30 - Cup

Bulls crush Spalding up front setting up second half rout

Hard work pays off as opponents tire

Playing in the Senior Vase for the first time for some years, St. Ives travelled to Spalding, a team they last played in the 80s. The hosts play at a similar level in their region, so as expected the game started evenly.
Paul Ashbridge added the first points with a penalty following a collapsed maul. But, from the kick off Spalding struck. A clearing kick from the restart was fielded easily and run back through a number of soft tackle attempts, resulting in a try under the posts, duly converted.
Ives refocused and set their attacking stall out. A simple move out the back saw Jack Blackley, who had a fine game at 15, free Albiee Tayedzerwa. The latter had a couple to beat, but skipped through to score in the corner.
Shortly afterwards, Ashbridge made a fine break in midfield. Support swept the ball right, then left for Blackley to dot down on the left.
Spalding tried to attack through the middle, but came up against the new steel in Ives defence that is Gabriel Edwards. On his debut for the 1sts, Edwards made some crunching tackles and turnovers to the delight of his watching cheerleaders.
Having held the opposition out, the Bulls then played with great continuity to score another good converted team try, finished by Ashbridge.
Relaxing as the break beckoned, Ives were disappointed to allow runners around the defence to score in the corner. Half time 12-20.
Worse was to come as Spalding started the second half well. They executed their own backs move with precision and scored a converted try to bring the game back to a one-pointer.
At this point, front rower Tommy Newman returning from a long layoff, began to make his mark. Complemented by Stuart James, Adam Scott and Josh Dear, the strength up front crushed the spirit out of the hosts pack. Any scrum was driven yards and the ball taken by the Bulls, regardless of put in. The Ives backs were enjoying the break as they watched their colleagues march the opposition around the paddock.
When the ball was released, patient play swept the ball one way, then the other. First, Newman found himself alone on the left wing to finish off a move. Next Tayedzerwa was released and with a flamboyant dive finished in the corner. Newman popped up again on the left to finish off another great team effort.
With the opposition back peddling, skipper Ollie Bartlett showed either his ruthless streak, or mercy, when he asked Ashbridge to kick a penalty in front, rather than opt for another scrum.
Continuing to pin their opponents back, Ives opted for two scrums from penalties late in the game. The first took them from 30 metres out to within 10 metres of the home line. The second took the ball to the line for Bartlett to pick up and complete the rout. John Naylor took over the kicking duties to score his first points for the club.
After the game, the opposition coach complimented the Ives team for the structure and pace of the game. “At half time, I thought we had a chance, but St. Ives stepped up a gear and deservedly took the game.”

Key moments

9:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St. Ives RFC
11:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Spalding
12:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Spalding
15:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St. Ives RFC
19:00
Try Jack Blackley scores for St. Ives RFC
30:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St. Ives RFC
31:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
39:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Spalding
44:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Spalding
45:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Spalding
52:00
Try Tommy Newman scores for St. Ives RFC
59:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St. Ives RFC
64:00
Try Tommy Newman scores for St. Ives RFC
68:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St. Ives RFC
77:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St. Ives RFC
78:00
Conversion John Naylor kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Paul Ashbridge is awarded player of the match for St. Ives RFC
78:00 Conversion 19 - 45
John Naylor kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
77:00 Try 19 - 43
Ollie Bartlett scores for St. Ives RFC
68:00 Penalty 19 - 38
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St. Ives RFC
65:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
64:00 Try 19 - 35
Tommy Newman scores for St. Ives RFC
60:00 Sub On
Gregory Dale is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
60:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
59:00 Try 19 - 30
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St. Ives RFC
53:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
52:00 Try 19 - 25
Tommy Newman scores for St. Ives RFC
45:00 Conversion 19 - 20
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Spalding
44:00 Try 17 - 20
N. Gusto scores for Spalding
40:00 Sub On
Tommy Newman is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
End of period 1
39:30 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Spalding
39:00 Try 12 - 20
N. Gusto scores for Spalding
33:00 Sub On
Tom Margetts is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
31:00 Conversion 7 - 20
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
30:00 Try 7 - 18
Paul Ashbridge scores for St. Ives RFC
20:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
19:00 Try 7 - 13
Jack Blackley scores for St. Ives RFC
16:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
15:00 Try 7 - 8
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St. Ives RFC
12:00 Conversion 7 - 3
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Spalding
11:00 Try 5 - 3
N. Gusto scores for Spalding
9:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St. Ives RFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Spalding
  • St. Ives RFC
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  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 9:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 11:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 12:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 15:00'
  • Jack Blackley Try 19:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 30:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 31:00'
  • Tom Margetts Sub On 33:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 39:00'
  • Tommy Newman Sub On 40:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 44:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 45:00'
  • Tommy Newman Try 52:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 59:00'
  • Gregory Dale Sub On 60:00'
  • Tommy Newman Try 64:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 68:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 77:00'
  • John Naylor Conversion 78:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Blackley, Jack Blackley, Jack
Tayedzerwa, Albert Tayedzerwa, Albert
Fahey, Peter Fahey, Peter
Edwards, Gabriel Edwards, Gabriel
Fleming, Ben Fleming, Ben
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Stone, David Stone, David
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Tuckwood, Sam Tuckwood, Sam
Watts, Thomas Watts, Thomas
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Scott, Adam Scott, Adam
James, Stuart James, Stuart
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