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2nd XV - Match centre

Sawston
St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
Z Gusto, Z Gusto
Tries
A Grieve, R Olivier, J Cox, R Peters (2), M Flint, J Edwards, A Scott
Z Gusto
Conversions
J Cox (8)
Z Gusto
Penalties
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - Eastern Counties Greene King Leagues - Eastern Counties Greene King 2 West Full time

Travelling St.Ives 2nd's leave with winning bonus point

St. Ives shine in both attack and defence

St. Ives second's were welcomed with perfect playing conditions at Sawston this Saturday, with a strong squad and travelling support. St. Ives came hurtling out the blocks from the very first whistle, having lost the toss were first up to play into the sun, but Sawston couldn't take advantage of being in the shade as the St. Ives pack quickly turned the ball over, allowing Andrew Grieve to bundle over the line for the first score of the game. This left Joe Cox the opportunity to get his first points of the game, try converted.

The second score came in quick succession, with impressive strength shown from the Bulls pack as front row Graham Moffitt, Rob Olivier & Tim Lumley-Good enjoyed themselves against their opposite numbers. This lead to quick thinking from scrum half Adam Scott releasing Rob Olivier down the blind side, catching the Sawston defence by surprise and bulldozing past all defenders in his way to score. Joe Cox making no mistakes in front of the sticks.
For the next fifteen minutes, St. Ives found themselves in unfamiliar territory being penned back in their own 22, but for all their hard defensive work a number of offside decisions went against them and eventually ended with a penalty to Sawston. Wanting to get on the score board themselves, they opted to try their luck from the tee, penalty scored.
St. Ives then switched back into gear, stealing a Sawston line out by the quick reflexes of Finlay Ruddock, securing the ball before giving the evergreen Patrick Grant the opportunity to stretch his legs, beating a number of defenders to offload to the supporting Joe Cox who scored St. Ives' third try of the game, Joe converting his own try.
Rick Peters was next to cross the whitewash linking up with stand in skipper Tom Riches, fixing his last man before spinning the ball out for Rick to run the length of Sawston's half and score another impressive try for the Bulls, securing the bonus point for St. Ives. Joe Cox once again kicking a successful conversion.
St. Ives showing such great aggression in both attack and defence, was starting to take its toll on Sawston XV with one of their front row players leaving the field with an injury, this, to the disappoint of the St. Ives pack, led to uncontested scrums.
With half time approaching penalties were becoming a big problem for St. Ives, the referee giving out several warnings, the bulls were starting to become frustrated. Sawston, now benefiting from the stationery scrum made their way into the 5 meter line, before going over the line for their first try of the game, the conversion was missed which brought the half to a close.
Half Time Sawston 8-28 St. Ives
The second half started in similar fashion to the first, with St. Ives making strong tackles, notably from pack Leader Ross Thompson and heavy carries from a determined Kris Wright giving the away support a lot to shout about, in fact the support was in such good voice the Referee was losing the ability to hear his own voice, pulling the St. Ives skipper aside and asking him to calm the support down, but such a request wasn't heeded by the tremendous travelling spectators as they helped roar St. Ives on to their next try; a perfectly executed interception from Rick Peters led to him galloping down the field and securing his second score of the day. Joe Cox picking up yet more points from the boot.
It was time for the substitutions to enter the field of play with Graham, Tim & Kris taking a well earned rest and being replaced by Kane Hardwick, Brandon MacDonald and local celebrity Ollie Scott. The replacements found their feet quickly with all three putting in important tackles and wining driving mauls. The seconds found themselves in the oppositions half, piling more pressure on which gave the host little option but to kick deep in the St. Ives half, Max Flint running at 15 gathered the ball deep in his own half and decided to have a go himself. Max demonstrating his pace and elusive skills skipped past all defenders that stood in front of him and scored a wonderful individual try, finished off by fly half Joe Cox.
Poor discipline was now St. Ives' biggest issue, with disagreements with the match official resulting in metres being lost, penalties being awarded to Sawston and tempers starting to rise, however this only fuelled a fantastic defensive display, a long fifteen minutes would pass with St. Ives stuck in their own 22 and unable to get a hand on the ball. Sawston were throwing the kitchen sink at this fully determined Ives defence, but huge hits, and vital turnovers were the key to breaking the attack down, Finlay Ruddock was leading the way with a fantastic performance.
Eventually the Ives defence started to defend beyond the laws of the game, with a ruck within five meters of the try line, the referee deemed hands were used and put the blame at the feet of Ross Thompson, who's reward was a ten minute rest. Now with the numerical advantage, Sawston could smell blood and bundled over the line with a strong carry. Conversion missed.
With the opportunity for St. Ives to regroup and take heart from such an impressive defensive display, they decided to play the remainder of the game in the oppositions half. The ball successfully collected from the restart, was ran through well rehearsed moves, showing the benefits of greater numbers of seconds players at training, gave Lee Batmann the chance to put Jordan Edwards down the far side and score in the corner, his first try for the club. Joe Cox now facing his most challenging kick of the day, took a moment before sailing the ball straight between the up rights.
St. Ives now enjoying being firmly in the driving seat started to really entertain the visiting support with some lovely, quick hands only for the match official to incorrectly deem the ball wasn't gathered cleanly, a huge error on his part which he was quick to apologise for, but stopping a certain try none the less. This only gave St. Ives more desire to get one more score on the board, pouring the pressure on and pushing Sawston back, deep into their own five meter line, having played so well throughout the game Adam Scott picked the ball up from the back of a ruck and dived over the line, Joe Cox then brought the game to a close buy scoring his twenty-first point of the game and capping a 100% kicking ratio.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Fin Ruddock

Player of the Match

Fin Ruddock

Key moments

3:00
Try Andrew Grieve scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
4:00
Conversion Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
6:00
Try Rob Olivier scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
7:00
Conversion Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
12:00
Penalty Z Gusto kicks a penalty for Sawston
23:00
Try Joseph Cox scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
24:00
Conversion Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
27:00
Try Rick Peters scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
28:00
Conversion Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
39:00
Try Z Gusto scores for Sawston
46:00
Try Rick Peters scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
47:00
Conversion Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
59:00
Try Max Flint scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
60:00
Conversion Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
70:00
Try Z Gusto scores for Sawston
71:00
Conversion Z Gusto kicks a conversion for Sawston
74:00
Try Jordan Edwards scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
75:00
Conversion Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
79:00
Try Adam Scott scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
79:45
Conversion Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Fin Ruddock is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
79:45 Conversion 15 - 56
Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
79:00 Try 15 - 54
Adam Scott scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
75:00 Conversion 15 - 49
Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
74:00 Try 15 - 47
Jordan Edwards scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
71:00 Conversion 15 - 42
Z Gusto kicks a conversion for Sawston
70:00 Try 13 - 42
Z Gusto scores for Sawston
69:00 Yellow Card
Ross Thompson is yellow carded for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
60:00 Conversion 8 - 42
Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
59:00 Try 8 - 40
Max Flint scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
56:00 Sub On
Brandon McDonald is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
56:00 Sub On
Oliver Scott is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
50:00 Sub On
Kane Hardwick is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
47:00 Conversion 8 - 35
Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
46:00 Try 8 - 33
Rick Peters scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
End of period 1
39:50 Missed Conversion
Z Gusto misses a conversion for Sawston
39:00 Try 8 - 28
Z Gusto scores for Sawston
28:00 Conversion 3 - 28
Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
27:00 Try 3 - 26
Rick Peters scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
24:00 Conversion 3 - 21
Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
23:00 Try 3 - 19
Joseph Cox scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
12:00 Penalty 3 - 14
Z Gusto kicks a penalty for Sawston
7:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
6:00 Try 0 - 12
Rob Olivier scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
4:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Joseph Cox kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
3:00 Try 0 - 5
Andrew Grieve scores for St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
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As it happened

  • Sawston
  • St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV
  • 0
  • Andrew Grieve Try 3:00'
  • Joseph Cox Conversion 4:00'
  • Rob Olivier Try 6:00'
  • Joseph Cox Conversion 7:00'
  • Z Gusto Penalty 12:00'
  • Joseph Cox Try 23:00'
  • Joseph Cox Conversion 24:00'
  • Rick Peters Try 27:00'
  • Joseph Cox Conversion 28:00'
  • Z Gusto Try 39:00'
  • Rick Peters Try 46:00'
  • Joseph Cox Conversion 47:00'
  • Kane Hardwick Sub On 50:00'
  • Brandon McDonald Sub On 56:00'
  • Oliver Scott Sub On 56:00'
  • Max Flint Try 59:00'
  • Joseph Cox Conversion 60:00'
  • Ross Thompson Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Z Gusto Try 70:00'
  • Z Gusto Conversion 71:00'
  • Jordan Edwards Try 74:00'
  • Joseph Cox Conversion 75:00'
  • Adam Scott Try 79:00'
  • Joseph Cox Conversion 79:45'

Team selection

Flint, Max Flint, Max
Peters, Rick Peters, Rick
Riches, Tom Riches, Tom
Batmann, Lee Batmann, Lee
Edwards, Jordan Edwards, Jordan
Cox, Joseph Cox, Joseph
Scott, Adam Scott, Adam
Thompson, Ross Thompson, Ross
Ruddock, Fin Ruddock, Fin
Grant, Patrick Grant, Patrick
Wright, Kris Wright, Kris
Grieve, Andrew Grieve, Andrew
Lumley Good, Tim Lumley Good, Tim
Olivier, Rob Olivier, Rob
Moffitt, Graham Moffitt, Graham
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League round up

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Cambourne Exiles
34
26
5
43
Haverhill & District
St Neots 2nd XV
19
27

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Haverhill & District 9 34
2. Mildenhall Red Lodge 8 32
3. St Ives (Midlands) 2nd XV 8 30
4. Shelford 4th XV 8 30
5. St Neots 2nd XV 8 19
6. Shelford V 9 16
7. Cambourne Exiles 9 16

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