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1st XV - Match centre

Bugbrooke
St Ives (Midlands)
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
Tries
O Raine, T Newman, P Ashbridge
Conversions
J Robinson
N Gusto, N Gusto
Penalties
P Ashbridge
Sat 15 Dec 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

Bulls fall agonisingly short

Atrocious weather does not prevent entertaining encounter

St. Ives were left to rue what might have been after a game of very fine margins ended with the scores within one point.
With the temperature hovering around zero, the Bulls started play into the driving rain and a strong wind. Handling was never going to be easy. Attempting to make their way upfield, the ball was knocked on by Ives. Bugbrooke swooped and after some indecisive tackle attempts by the Ives, a neat grubber into the corner was touched down by the home winger.
Ives stormed back and applied pressure. A defender was deemed to have been off his feet at the breakdown. Paul Ashbridge stepped up to kick three points.
There were opportunities for the hosts to stretch their lead, but one dart down the touchline was superbly stemmed by the diving Jim Robinson, who tap-tackled the winger who spilled the ball.
The Bull’s defensive pressure was telling as Bugbrooke also found difficulty holding on to the slippery ball. From a scrum following another knock on, John Naylor dummied and darted through a gap. Ollie Raine was in support and the two on one was simply executed for him to score wide out.
Unfortunately for the visitors, from the kick off a sliced clearance kick attempt stayed infield and was taken by the Bugbrooke full back. Moving the ball well, the home outside backs found space to score again in the corner.
Given the conditions, the best passage of play by Ives followed. Showing immense patience as they were held out by strong defence, Ives edged there way towards the try line. Time and again, Ives went close. Holding on to possession through well over twenty phases, the defence finally splintered giving Tommy Newman, who had a fine game in the tight and loose, the chance to score.
On a day when kicking was a total lottery, the conversion attempt hit the upright and stayed the wrong side for Ives, who ended the half 13-10 to the good.
Ives began the second half well with more energy and direct running giving them momentum. A superb line was taken by Duncan Williams close in. As he was charging towards the try line, to the surprise of many he was called back as the pass was deemed forward.
Bugbrooke made the most of the let-off and stormed upfield. Once again, the outside three quarters found space and a couple of poor tackle attempts allowed them to score in the corner.
There followed a very frustrating period of play for both sides as they struggled both with the conditions and the interpretation of the breakdown laws. One such offence eventually gave Bugbrooke the chance to increase their lead.
Following one of the countless scrums, Ives were on the point of launching an attack from deep when the back line was judged to have encroached within 5 metres of the scrum. The offside gave the hosts the chance to take an eight-point lead into the final 15 minutes.
There was a little bit of anger in the following plays as the Ives took out the perceived injustice on their opponents. Driving runs by Matt Wood and Williams gained ground. Ashbridge took the ball at pace and with defenders hanging off him forced his way to the line. Jim Robinson slotted the only successful conversion of the match to get Ives to within a point.
Bugbrooke were now under extreme pressure and fighting to keep the Bulls at bay.
With time elapsing, Ives had a chance. Again, the slippery ball fell from their grasp and a scrum to the hosts was awarded 15 metres from their own line. The Bulls’ pack tightened its sinews for a huge effort and destroyed the home scrum, marching straight over their opposite numbers. With the ball about to be collected from the back and a penalty expected, the decision was to reset the scrum.
Bugbrooke survived the next set piece and cleared their lines.
Another patient attack by Ives ended when one of their number was penalised for holding on. With time up, Bugbrooke won the following line out and gratefully booted the ball from the park to hold on for the win.
Whilst Bugbrooke were naturally delighted, the Bulls were already looking forward to the new year. Player coach Naylor commented, “We maybe tried to play a bit too much rugby in the conditions. We’ll learn from that and take out our frustrations on the next opponents.” Brown commented, “When the game is so close, one can look at certain moments and wonder what would happen on another day. We’ll take this one on the chin and look to improve for next time.”

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Tommy Newman

Player of the Match

Tommy Newman

Key moments

3:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Bugbrooke
11:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
26:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
28:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Bugbrooke
39:00
Try Tommy Newman scores for St Ives (Midlands)
47:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Bugbrooke
53:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Bugbrooke
66:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Bugbrooke
68:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00
Conversion Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Tommy Newman is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00 Conversion 21 - 20
Jim Robinson kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
68:00 Try 21 - 18
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
66:00 Penalty 21 - 13
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Bugbrooke
55:00 Sub On
Jack Hickman is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
53:00 Penalty 18 - 13
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Bugbrooke
50:00 Sub On
Martin Baldwin is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
48:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Bugbrooke
47:00 Try 15 - 13
N. Gusto scores for Bugbrooke
40:00 Sub On
Mitch Newman is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
39:30 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
39:00 Try 10 - 13
Tommy Newman scores for St Ives (Midlands)
29:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Bugbrooke
28:00 Try 10 - 8
N. Gusto scores for Bugbrooke
27:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
26:00 Try 5 - 8
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
11:00 Penalty 5 - 3
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
4:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Bugbrooke
3:00 Try 5 - 0
N. Gusto scores for Bugbrooke
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bugbrooke
  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • 0
  • N. Gusto Try 3:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 11:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 26:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 28:00'
  • Tommy Newman Try 39:00'
  • Mitch Newman Sub On 40:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 47:00'
  • Martin Baldwin Sub On 50:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 53:00'
  • Jack Hickman Sub On 55:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 66:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 68:00'
  • Jim Robinson Conversion 69:00'

Team selection

Fleming, Ben Fleming, Ben
Tayedzerwa, Albert Tayedzerwa, Albert
Henly, Alex Henly, Alex
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Peters, Rick Peters, Rick
Robinson, Jim Robinson, Jim
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Raine, Ollie Raine, Ollie
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Newman, Tommy Newman, Tommy
Robinson, Bradley Robinson, Bradley
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Olney 13 57
2. Market Harborough 13 51
3. St Ives (Midlands) 13 47
4. Bugbrooke 13 37
5. Belgrave 13 37
6. Coalville 13 36
7. Stewarts & Lloyds 13 34

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