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2nd XV Development Squad - Match centre

Syston
Towcestrians RFC
Unknown, Unknown
Tries
A Smith, P Pope
Unknown, Unknown
Conversions
J Ball, R Williams
Penalties
J Ball
Sat 8 Dec 14:15 - Cup Full time

league and Cup Double Header Goes Tows Way

A fantastic show of defence from the visitors restricted the home side to only 2 tries.

A Cup and League double header away to Syston looked to be a very tough challenge for Towcester to face.
Syston are used to winning at home and winning by a large margin, so Tows defence was immense to hold them to only 2 scores.
The style of rugby the lads played was good enough for the home fans watching Syston vs Lichfield Nat 3 league match to spend most of the second half watch our game instead of theirs.
We always have a few simple game plan rules enjoy yourself when out there, concentrate on what you can do well and get back onto your feet to defend if you don't have the ball.
Tows playing the first half with the strong blustery wind couldn't use it to their advantage.
The home side's game plan was as to be expected with the large Syton pack taking the ball through the centre to get them on the front foot sucking in the defence to open up space out wide to give them the opportunity to run in tries.
The scrum and rolling maul seemed to be their favourite weapon for Syston to attack from.
The defence from Tows stood strong as the lads chopped attackers low taking away the size advantage.
It was this defence that lead to turn over ball and Tows first score.
Penalty kick was taken to touch and Ed Penn secure the ball and a maul ensued. The home side defend the maul and the gaps started to open up in the defence. Dave Williams crashed the first attack to the right of the post and as the forward loop round Kyle Gibbings crashed up the second phase, with the Syston forward's still making their way across the field Andrew Smith back against the flow of play find a weak shoulder to score just left of the posts.
James Ball added the conversion as Tows took the lead.
With an injury to Rob Russell returning forward Robert Sheppard took to the field earlier than he thought.
The defensive effort from Tows eventually made the home side infringe again lead the ref to reduce them to 14.
On the wrong side of the ref they continued to loose ground to Tows and eventually infringed within kick-able distance.
Being a double header points on the board are the main focus, Jame Ball stepped up and slotted the penalty to put Tows 10 points in front.
At the turn round Syston kicked off and a knock on from Tows gave the home side a scrum 20 metres out.
The moved the ball well and got to within 5 metres of the line.
Their big second row took the ball at pace and crashed over for their first point with a successful conversion that followed.
Tails up and momentum with the home side it was Tows that scored next.
Nice running and a final catch and give from Dave Williams put Patrick Pope though the hole in the defence to run in a well constructed try.
Rhys Williams added the extras and the 10 point lead again.
The home side didn't give up and eventual broke down the defence to score late into the game , but the game belonged to Towcester.
Systons final attack which to all looked like a possible try scoring run was smashed to touch by Tom May and Kyle Gibbings.
The win puts us through to the next stage of the cup and a step back up the league table.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

16:00
Try Andrew Smith scores for Towcestrians RFC
17:00
Conversion James Ball kicks a conversion for Towcestrians RFC
23:00
Penalty James Ball kicks a penalty for Towcestrians RFC
42:00
Try Try for Syston
43:00
Conversion Conversion for Syston
45:00
Try Patrick Pope scores for Towcestrians RFC
46:00
Conversion Rhys Williams kicks a conversion for Towcestrians RFC
70:00
Try Try for Syston
71:00
Conversion Conversion for Syston

Highlights

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71:00 Conversion 14 - 17
Conversion for Syston
70:00 Try 12 - 17
Try for Syston
70:00 Sub Off
Richard Tustian is substituted off for Towcestrians RFC
70:00 Sub On
James Garratt is substituted on for Towcestrians RFC
60:00 Sub Off
James Garratt is substituted off for Towcestrians RFC
60:00 Sub On
James Ball is substituted on for Towcestrians RFC
60:00 Sub Off
Paddy Falvey is substituted off for Towcestrians RFC
60:00 Sub On
Rob Russell is substituted on for Towcestrians RFC
46:00 Conversion 7 - 17
Rhys Williams kicks a conversion for Towcestrians RFC
45:00 Try 7 - 15
Patrick Pope scores for Towcestrians RFC
43:00 Conversion 7 - 10
Conversion for Syston
42:00 Try 5 - 10
Try for Syston
40:00 Sub Off
James Ball is substituted off for Towcestrians RFC
40:00 Sub On
Tom May is substituted on for Towcestrians RFC
End of period 1
23:00 Penalty 0 - 10
James Ball kicks a penalty for Towcestrians RFC
18:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Syston
17:00 Conversion 0 - 7
James Ball kicks a conversion for Towcestrians RFC
16:00 Try 0 - 5
Andrew Smith scores for Towcestrians RFC
13:00 Sub Off
Rob Russell is substituted off for Towcestrians RFC
13:00 Sub On
Robert Sheppard is substituted on for Towcestrians RFC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Syston
  • Towcestrians RFC
  • 0
  • Rob Russell Sub Off 13:00'
  • Robert Sheppard Sub On 13:00'
  • Andrew Smith Try 16:00'
  • James Ball Conversion 17:00'
  • Yellow Card 18:00'
  • James Ball Penalty 23:00'
  • Tom May Sub On 40:00'
  • James Ball Sub Off 40:00'
  • Try 42:00'
  • Conversion 43:00'
  • Patrick Pope Try 45:00'
  • Rhys Williams Conversion 46:00'
  • James Garratt Sub Off 60:00'
  • Rob Russell Sub On 60:00'
  • James Ball Sub On 60:00'
  • Paddy Falvey Sub Off 60:00'
  • James Garratt Sub On 70:00'
  • Richard Tustian Sub Off 70:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Conversion 71:00'

Team selection

Pope, Patrick Pope, Patrick
Falvey, Paddy Falvey, Paddy
Gibbings, Kyle Gibbings, Kyle
Williams, Dave Williams, Dave
Ball, James Ball, James
Williams, Rhys Williams, Rhys
Speakman, George Speakman, George
Blackwell, Ryan Blackwell, Ryan
Bucknall, Alex Bucknall, Alex
Penn, Ed Penn, Ed
Garratt, James Garratt, James
Russell, Rob Russell, Rob
Pittaway, Alex Pittaway, Alex
Tustian, Richard Tustian, Richard
Smith, Andrew Smith, Andrew

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