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2nd XV Development Squad - Match centre

Nuneaton 2nd XV
Towcestrians 2nd XV
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J Threlfall, H Knibbs
B Roe, J Ball
Sat 3 Nov TBC - Midlands Reserve Leagues - Division 1 Full time

Short of Numbers but Managed a Win at Nuns

Players dropping out of the side didn't help with the trip to Nuneaton bu the guys dug in for a win.

Disappointing that players had dropped out over night and in the morning did help with pre match warm ups and the rejig of the squad before the game,
The Nuneaton side as most in this league boasted a large pack of forward that liked to run hard and straight.
In the first couple of minute what looked to be a clean steal at the ruck was deemed to be to late by the official giving Nuns the first 3 points of the match.
From the restart Towcester struck back , Hard running and nice off loads opened up the defence for Joe Threlfal to smash his way over in the corner. Ben Roe in a tough wind was unable to add the extras.
5 minutes later Nuns fell foul of the ref and Ben Roe added the points to the board.
This was the last play for Ben as a back spasm put paid to his day.
A re jig in the backs and Rob Bodily onto the wing it took a few minutes for Towcester to settle again and Nuns took advantage breaking through out wide and scoring the final points of the half.
The second half started similar to the first both sides probing and defences holding fast.
From a line out steal by Horatio Austin who was playing a blinding game tows surged forward ,multiple offloads between backs and forward found Harry Knibbs on the final pass to score wide again.
With no Ben Roe colt James Ball stepped forward and had a kick for the extras, Unfortunately the head wind was to strong for the ball to cross the upright.
From the restart Nuns piled on the pressure and 2 minutes later a Yellow for Rhys Williams on a team technicality 10 metres out increased the pressure on the defence. Nuns attacked and attacked and fortunately for Tows debutante Alex Bucknall sole the ball in a ruck to stop the attack.
Back up to a full team but lots of walking wounded Nuns eventually found a hole in the defence to draw level.
Unable to score any extra points the game was in the balance.
Tows attacked and moved the ball from one side of the field to the other making head way up the field.
As they entered the Nuns half he home sides influential No 6 infringed but this time getting caught by the official spent the final minutes off the field.
From the penalty Hozza climbed high at the lineout and the attack started 35 metres out. Sean Denton carried the ball straight and hard squeezing out vital metres. Knibbs and Bucknall carried the ball into centre midfield with Rob Russel and Luke Wilmott securing at the breakdown. Nuns defended well but infringed within kick able distance.
Up steps James Ball slightly closer than his previous kick just to the left of the posts.
Steps back a couple of strides then drills the ball through the middle.
With 5 minutes to play Nuns threw everything at Tows , but the defence stood strong and Axel Bucknall again stole the ball and surged up the field. Talking to the ref time had expired and the ball was punted off the field.
A courageous win for Tows with everyone stepping up to put in a winning performance.

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: 1x1 rip

Kyle Gibbings

Player of the Match

Kyle Gibbings

Key moments

Penalty Penalty kicked for Nuneaton 2nd XV
Try Joe Threlfall scores for Towcestrians 2nd XV
Penalty Benjamin Roe kicks a penalty for Towcestrians 2nd XV
Try Try for Nuneaton 2nd XV
Try Harry Knibbs scores for Towcestrians 2nd XV
Try Try for Nuneaton 2nd XV
Penalty James Ball kicks a penalty for Towcestrians 2nd XV


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80:00 Player of the Match
Kyle Gibbings is awarded player of the match for Towcestrians 2nd XV
75:00 Penalty 13 - 16
James Ball kicks a penalty for Towcestrians 2nd XV
71:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Nuneaton 2nd XV
65:00 Try 13 - 13
Try for Nuneaton 2nd XV
50:00 Yellow Card
Rhys Williams is yellow carded for Towcestrians 2nd XV
47:00 Try 8 - 13
Harry Knibbs scores for Towcestrians 2nd XV
End of period 1
33:00 Try 8 - 8
Try for Nuneaton 2nd XV
20:00 Sub Off
Benjamin Roe is substituted off for Towcestrians 2nd XV
20:00 Sub On
Rob Bodily is substituted on for Towcestrians 2nd XV
16:00 Penalty 3 - 8
Benjamin Roe kicks a penalty for Towcestrians 2nd XV
11:00 Missed Conversion
Benjamin Roe misses a conversion for Towcestrians 2nd XV
10:00 Try 3 - 5
Joe Threlfall scores for Towcestrians 2nd XV
3:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for Nuneaton 2nd XV
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Nuneaton 2nd XV
  • Towcestrians 2nd XV
  • 0
  • Penalty 3:00'
  • Joe Threlfall Try 10:00'
  • Benjamin Roe Penalty 16:00'
  • Benjamin Roe Sub Off 20:00'
  • Rob Bodily Sub On 20:00'
  • Try 33:00'
  • Harry Knibbs Try 47:00'
  • Rhys Williams Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Yellow Card 71:00'
  • James Ball Penalty 75:00'

Team selection

Pettit, James Pettit, James
Ball, James Ball, James
Gibbings, Kyle Gibbings, Kyle
Roe, Benjamin Roe, Benjamin
Tilford, Jake Tilford, Jake
Williams, Rhys Williams, Rhys
Kerns, Fraser Kerns, Fraser
Denton, Sean Denton, Sean
Threlfall, Joe Threlfall, Joe
Bucknall, Alex Bucknall, Alex
Bristow, Mike (Aaaaa.Bisto) Bristow, Mike (Aaaaa.Bisto)
Russell, Rob Russell, Rob
Bagby, Michael Bagby, Michael
Knibbs, Harry Knibbs, Harry
Wilmot, Luke Wilmot, Luke

League round up

Other Division 1 results

Broadstreet 2nd XV
Luctonians 2nd XV
Hinckley 2nd XV
Syston II
Derby 2nd XV


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Burton 'A' XV 12 30
2. Towcestrians 2nd XV 12 26
3. Banbury II 13 18
4. Hinckley 2nd XV 5 16
5. Luctonians 2nd XV 4 14
6. Bridgnorth 2nd XV 7 14
7. Broadstreet 2nd XV 4 12

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