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1st XV - Match centre

Bridgnorth
Lichfield
J Burgess, C Nicholls (2), C Madden
Tries
L Williams (4)
Conversions
L Williams
Penalties
Sat 16 Feb 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands Premier Full time

Bridgnorth 31 Lichfield 15

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Bridgnorth bounce back with bonus point win

There is no doubt that the Premier League throws up some strange results where teams beat opponents above them in the League and then lose to those below them
Lichfield beat Bridgnorth in October ending a seven match winning streak but Bridgnorth made amends by winning this week31-15. The Clubs have very similar attitudes to the Rugby ethos of Enjoyment and friendship, both believe in breeding their own future players, and on the field, play in the right spirit within the laws and celebrate apres match whatever the result.
Lichfield a City with 30+thousand population and the home of Samuel Johnson,were formed in 1874.
Bridgnorth, an inland resort formed links with the family farmers with the Wards and Penningtons Bridgnorth branch. The Clubs also shared a table on a Lions Cruise in the Antipodes.
On the field games are played in a robust spirit but within the Laws and of course there is the traditional apres match atmosphere, whatever the result, a very sociable encounter.
Lichfield beat Bridgnorth in October by a single score 34-31.
This week with Bridgnorth pack having the measure of their opponents, a very entertaining battle brought some serious midfield tackles from both teams
Bridgnorth solid front row of Boyce, Edwards and Cave made a great heave for Gareth Bladen to break clear close to the line but then conceded a penalty to let Lichfield escape. The visitors then made several charges to be tackled by Will Bishop, Tim Breakwell and Llew Williams. Ben Rochelle also very active, conceded a penalty and got a yellow card to give the visitors the lead 0-3. With the Bridgnorth pack driving well Jordan Burgess scored with the conversion from Williams making the score 7-3
Lichfield won a lineout to score in the corner to take the lead 7-8.
A yellow card for Lichfield evened things up and another powerful scrum gave an easy try for Connor Nicholls to score with Williams adding the points. Jordan Burgess made a great catch of the high kick off which produced another penalty for Williams. The Bridgnorth pack firmly in control, trundled the opposition back to give Calum Madden the chance to stroll over, with Williams again adding the points. In the dying minutes Connor Nicholls picked up to nip over. Williams successful kick made the score 31-8 In the dying minutes Lichfield scored a consolation unconverted try to make the final score 31-15.
So with an excellent lunch,a drink with old friends, an entertaining match with the right result
A very enjoyable day out!
Getting back on track Bridgnorth played some good rugby, with great teamwork especially the dominant pack. For excellent work in the engine room, often unseen, the Bridgnorth man of the match was Ben Rochelle.
Bridgnorth now have some hard games to come with the Leagues leading Clubs.

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Ben Rochelle

Player of the Match

Ben Rochelle

Key moments

15:00
Try Jordan Burgess scores for Bridgnorth
15:00
Conversion Llew Williams kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
35:00
Try Connor Nicholls scores for Bridgnorth
35:00
Conversion Llew Williams kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
50:00
Penalty Llew Williams kicks a penalty for Bridgnorth
60:00
Try Calum Madden scores for Bridgnorth
60:00
Conversion Llew Williams kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
70:00
Try Connor Nicholls scores for Bridgnorth
70:00
Conversion Llew Williams kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Rochelle is awarded player of the match for Bridgnorth
70:00 Try 29 - 0
Connor Nicholls scores for Bridgnorth
70:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Llew Williams kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
60:00 Try 22 - 0
Calum Madden scores for Bridgnorth
60:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Llew Williams kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
50:00 Penalty 17 - 0
Llew Williams kicks a penalty for Bridgnorth
End of period 1
35:00 Try 12 - 0
Connor Nicholls scores for Bridgnorth
35:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Llew Williams kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
15:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Llew Williams kicks a conversion for Bridgnorth
15:00 Try 5 - 0
Jordan Burgess scores for Bridgnorth
10:00 Yellow Card
Ben Rochelle is yellow carded for Bridgnorth
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As it happened

  • Bridgnorth
  • Lichfield
  • 0
  • Ben Rochelle Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Jordan Burgess Try 15:00'
  • Llew Williams Conversion 15:00'
  • Connor Nicholls Try 35:00'
  • Llew Williams Conversion 35:00'
  • Llew Williams Penalty 50:00'
  • Calum Madden Try 60:00'
  • Llew Williams Conversion 60:00'
  • Connor Nicholls Try 70:00'
  • Llew Williams Conversion 70:00'

Team selection

Gittings, Adam Gittings, Adam
Parker, Teddy Parker, Teddy
Williams, Llew Williams, Llew
Bishop, Will Bishop, Will
Burgess, Jordan Burgess, Jordan
Haisila Lokotui, Afeafe Haisila Lokotui, Afeafe
Bladen, Gareth Bladen, Gareth
Nicholls, Connor Nicholls, Connor
Breakwell, Tim Breakwell, Tim
Rochelle, Ben Rochelle, Ben
Goulson, Jake Goulson, Jake
Madden, Calum Madden, Calum
Cave, Joe Cave, Joe
Edwards, Stuart Edwards, Stuart
Boyce, Jonah Boyce, Jonah

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Scunthorpe 20 81
2. Newport (Salop) 20 74
3. Luctonians 20 71
4. Broadstreet 20 70
5. Bridgnorth 20 68
6. Sheffield 20 61
7. Bournville 20 47

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