Sat 04
Southwold II
1st XV
M Shucksmith, J Loader, F Smit
L Gedney (2)
Southwold II 10 v Beccles 19

Southwold II 10 v Beccles 19

By Keith Johnstone
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Beccles travelled to Southwold to take on their 2nd team in blustery conditions. In a game of two halves Beccles won by 19-10.

Beccles played with the wind at their backs in the first half which meant they were able to keep Southwold pinned in their own half for most of the half. The Beccles pack was on top at scrum time as well, driving their opposition back.
This led to the first try. Beccles opted for a scrum when they won a penalty and drove towards the line. As the scrum turned Shucksmith was able to keep up his impressive scoring record as he powered over for a score. Gedney added the conversion.
Beccles scored again soon after. Smit made a break in midfield and powered his way over for the try. Gedney again added the conversion to stretch the Beccles lead.
Beccles stayed on top. From a driven lineout the ball went wide and Loader was able to go over in the corner to add another try. Beccles thought they had another just before half time when Gedney went over but play was pulled back for a foot in touch earlier in the move. This gave a half time score of 19- 0.
The second half saw a turn around in the fortunes of the two teams. Beccles found it harder to get out of their half with the wind in the faces. Southwold also upped their game and were able to put Beccles under more pressure. Beccles defended well but started to fall foul of the referees whistle at the breakdown. Southwold pulled back two unconverted tries during the half.
Beccles pushed for the bonus point try towards the end of the game but were left frustrated as the score finished 10-19.
This week Beccles host North Walsham II in a game that is doubling up as a league and cup game. The second team travel to Lakenham for their Norfolk cup game.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 04, Dec 2021




Greene King IPA Eastern Counties 1 North

League position

Southwold II
Francois Smit

Star Player

Francois Smit