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1st XV - Match centre

St Ives (Midlands)
Vipers
O Raine, C Williams (2), J Meadows (2), A Tayedzerwa, D Williams, P Fahey
Tries
N Gusto
P Ashbridge (5)
Conversions
N Gusto
P Ashbridge
Penalties
Sat 17 Nov 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

Vipers crushed with another tremendous second half performance by the Bulls

Some great team tries witnessed

Having had a rest weekend to put the previous reverse against league leaders Olney behind them, this St. Ives victory was built as much on excellent defence as attacking prowess.
In bright conditions, the Bulls started uphill, unusually with the wind, which was a cold easterly. Vipers gathered the kick off and cleared downfield. Ives immediately counter-attacked and after a series of play, Ollie Raine received the ball wide out on the right. With the defence at sixes and sevens, he darted between two of the opposition to score.
Almost immediately, Ives were on the attack again and forced a penalty. Paul Ashbridge stepped up to convert in difficult kicking conditions.
Having shaken the journey out of their legs, Vipers began to attack. The Bulls defence was resolute, however, and the visitors could find no way through.
Recovering good possession, Ives applied pressure, kicking a penalty to the corner. From the lineout, a series of phases split the Vipers’ defence and Chris Williams ran through the gap to score, converted by Ashbridge.
15 points behind with only a quarter of an hour gone, Vipers were stung into action and began to batter the Ives defence again. For almost the remainder of the half, the visitors were in the ascendancy territorially, but could not make it count.
In particular, a series of lineout mauls close to the Ives’ line brought no reward as tremendous counter mauling by the Bulls’ pack successfully drove Vipers back time and again.
With the half closing, Ives broke the siege and swept upfield. Good interplay between forwards and backs saw Chris Williams eventually be the man to profit, breaking through a tackle to surge to the line. Ashbridge converted to make the half time score 22-0.
The second half saw the Bulls step up a gear. Immediately, one of the tries of the game came from driving play and fast recycling across the blue ranks, creating a gap through which Raine charged. Taking the last man out, the ball was slipped to Josh Meadows who outsprinted the remaining defence to score under the posts. The bonus point try was converted.
Vipers refused to lie down, or stay quiet, and some moments of indiscipline by the Bulls gave them some opportunities to attack. Still no quarter was being given by Ives in defence.
As the final quarter approached, the floodgates opened.
First, some excellent direct running by debutant Jack Hickman and Raine gained many yards. The ball was spun to Mitch Newman who put Meadows away to score wide out one the left, for his second.
From the kick off, Raine started the counter, ably supported with driving runs down the centre of the park by Josh Dear and Duncan Williams. The ball was spun wide and, for the first time in many matches, Albiee Tayedzerwa was able to confront his opposite number in space. It was no contest as Tayedzerwa skipped round him, put on the after-burners and finished off another very fine team try.
Vipers continued to offer resistance, but were not helped when the centre was carded for a high shot. From the penalty, Ives put in at a line out just outside the 22. With Newman’s throwing again hitting his skipper Ollie Bartlett, the ball was dropped down to Duncan Williams. Williams clearly decided he was up for a challenge and made a bee-line for the try line. No attempt was strong enough to prevent him touching down. Converted.
The Ives were somewhat disrupted with changes as blood injuries, dead legs and a yellow for Chris Williams caused the unusual sight of John Naylor stepping up to hook, a position he had not occupied for some years. It gave the opportunity for youngster Finlay Ruddock to make a short debut cameo on the flank.
The disruption did not stem the tide. Mickey Drake, who had a fine if somewhat noisy return to the Ives ranks, chipped ahead. Whilst he considered the impediment to his line worth a penalty, the eyes of all others were on the bouncing ball. Quickest to react was Peter Fahey, who caught the high bounce and fended off the last man to score under the posts. Again, converted by Ashbridge.
With the clock ticking into the red, Vipers resilience was finally rewarded when they managed to retain possession for a series of drives and scored, an effort which was duly converted.
The team was in an interesting place after such an emphatic victory. Immediately following the game, MoM Raine summed things up nicely. “Here we are discussing what we could have done better, but we faced Vipers three times last season and all the matches were very close. Today we have blown them away, which shows how far we have developed.”
The Bulls turn their attention to the Hunts and Peterborough Cup next week, travelling to Peterborough for the first round.

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Ollie Raine

Player of the Match

Ollie Raine

Key moments

2:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
5:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
12:00
Try Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
13:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
39:00
Try Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
39:50
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
42:00
Try Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00
Try Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
66:00
Try Duncan Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
67:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
75:00
Try Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
76:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
78:00
Try N Gusto scores for Vipers
79:00
Conversion N Gusto kicks a conversion for Vipers

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ollie Raine is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
79:00 Conversion 53 - 7
N Gusto kicks a conversion for Vipers
78:00 Try 53 - 5
N Gusto scores for Vipers
76:00 Conversion 53 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
75:00 Try 51 - 0
Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
72:00 Yellow Card
Christian Williams is yellow carded for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Sub On
Finlay Ruddock is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
67:00 Conversion 46 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
66:00 Try 44 - 0
Duncan Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00 Sub On
Rick Peters is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Try 39 - 0
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
59:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00 Try 34 - 0
Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
56:00 Yellow Card
N Gusto is yellow carded for Vipers
50:00 Sub On
Mitch Newman is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00 Conversion 29 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
42:00 Try 27 - 0
Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
39:50 Conversion 22 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
39:00 Try 20 - 0
Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
13:00 Conversion 15 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
12:00 Try 13 - 0
Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
5:00 Penalty 8 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
3:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
2:00 Try 5 - 0
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • Vipers
  • 0
  • Ollie Raine Try 2:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 5:00'
  • Christian Williams Try 12:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 13:00'
  • Christian Williams Try 39:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 39:50'
  • Josh Meadows Try 42:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 43:00'
  • Mitch Newman Sub On 50:00'
  • N Gusto Yellow Card 56:00'
  • Josh Meadows Try 58:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 60:00'
  • Rick Peters Sub On 65:00'
  • Duncan Williams Try 66:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 67:00'
  • Finlay Ruddock Sub On 70:00'
  • Christian Williams Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Peter Fahey Try 75:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 76:00'
  • N Gusto Try 78:00'
  • N Gusto Conversion 79:00'

Team selection

Fleming, Ben Fleming, Ben
Tayedzerwa, Albert Tayedzerwa, Albert
Fahey, Peter Fahey, Peter
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Dale, Gregory Dale, Gregory
Drake, Mickey Drake, Mickey
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Raine, Ollie Raine, Ollie
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Williams, Christian Williams, Christian
Hickman, Jack Hickman, Jack
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Newman, Tommy Newman, Tommy
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Olney 8 34
2. Market Harborough 8 34
3. St Ives (Midlands) 8 31
4. Belgrave 8 30
5. Coalville 8 25
6. Stewarts & Lloyds 8 24
7. Bugbrooke 8 21

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