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1st XV - Match centre

Sat 1 Sep 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands Premier Full time



No less than 10 new players made their debuts on the opening fixture of the new season in Midlands Premier as Bourns once again visited newly promoted Syston on a balmy afternoon in Leicester where outside temperatures were around 25 degrees. Steve Handy has taken on the captaincy and we wish him well on his journey, also thanking Tom Holliday for his term of leadership last season.

Syston kicked off deep into the Bourns 22. The crowd were then treated to 25 phases of play as Bourns made their way into the opposition 22. Just under the posts, Syston killed it and scrum half Will Hardwick took a quick one. He was held up, but the ball was moved wide and a Syston hand knocked it on. A rock steady scrum saw the ball move from first phase right to left, a miss move and a deft offload from centre John Hargreaves saw Bourns new wing speedster Ethan Walker easily beat his opposite number on the outside and Bourns had their first try after 7 minutes. The conversion narrowly missed and Bourns returned to the phases which the Syston defence did well to repel.

The home side were well drilled at the lineout which was their man source of possession and in the second quarter they got their bulky front 5 carrying around the corner, but territoriality, Bourns only allowed the home side to play between the 22's. After 30 minutes, Bourns were right on the goal line and after a succession of break down offences, the home tight head had to take a yellow card for the team, however Bourns could not cross the try line, so despite dominating proceedings , the team only had 5 points to show for their efforts as half time arrived.

Ten minutes into the third quarter, a candidate for try of the season was witnessed. Bourns had a defensive 5 meter scrum to negotiate, the ball was ran out across the backs and flying wing Ethan Walker began his journey to the try line. He easily beat the first line of the defence on the outside as he ran into the opposition half. He chipped the advancing fullback and put on the after burners to kick ahead and collect the ball for a memorable try under the posts, so the easy conversion saw a 12- 0 lead. From then on in, the home side threw caution to the wind as they began to put some width on the ball for the first time after the home number 8 was becoming increasingly more influential, making line breaks. After 28 minutes second row Tom Holliday saw yellow after allowing himself to be wound up by the chirpy home scrum half. Syston camped themselves on the line and tried to go route one through a series of driven lineouts, but the work in pre-season on defence proved pivotal as the Bournville wall stood firm. There were some obvious penalties and John Hargreaves also saw yellow for some cynical play at the breakdown, but Bourns showed their metal and a breakdown penalty relieved the pressure and the game was over.

Bourns really should have been out of sight early on, but a vastly improved defensive display particularly in the last quarter was very satisfying in not to concede any points in the match.

Whilst Ethan Walker quite rightly will be remembered for that second try, the star man was centre Henry Hughes who was on the go all game until he had to come off suffering with the effects of the hot conditions. He was at the heart of the attacks in midfield and the opposition backs must feel like they ran into a brick wall as Henry's physicality in defence repelled all that was thrown at him. A special mention for our new dynamic young back rowers who carried, jackled and tackled all game (Angus Low, Matt McKeown and Jonjo Fanning), not forgetting Matt Dickerson who steadied the ship for the last 15 minutes off the bench playing at 8.

Next up we travel to Bridgnorth to see what all the fuss is about concerning the standard of their new squad.

Team : 15, Tomas Johnson, 14, Henry Corbett, 13, Henry Hughes, 12, John Hargreaves, 11, Ethan Walker, 10, Mitch McGahan, 9. Will Harding, 8, Jonjo Fanning, 7, Angus Low, 6, Matt McKeown, 5, Tom Holliday, 4, Steve Handy (capt), 3, Sam Roe, 2, James Weaver, 1, James Burgoyne, 16, Scott Rudge, 17, Matt Dickerson, 18, Ollie Neill.

Photogs Bit

Not sure that I like this 'new' Pitchero look, but let's see.
This is my second attempt at penning and posting - this will be much shorter (hurrah I hear)
Bad week for me and technology - sat nav was almost ripped out of car after trying to take me God knows where - what a piece of crap that was and pc has just had a moment too.

Well done to Google maps for helping out. ( A sat nav to Syston I hear you say? I can get lost going to the local shops - what adventures we had when I was driving the fire appliances to jobs.) But I digress. I have a camera and was 'volunteered' to be the club photographer.
I tend to walk up and down the pitch more than most looking for interesting photos. You know you are getting old when it takes 2 days to recover from an afternoon taking photos.
More of what I do and why later - so take a look HERE for a few photos of the game.

Sully - Bournville's always friendly (and free) photographer (no I don't do weddings)

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: 1x1 rip

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Sandbach 17 40
9. Lichfield 17 37
10. Bournville 17 36
11. Burton 17 35
12. Derby 17 34
13. Doncaster Phoenix 17 26
14. Syston 17 12

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