Scunthorpe the third largest town in Lincolnshire and County Champions at Rugby, have a marvellous set up at their Haslam Park ground. Combining a huge, obviously flat, playing area to combine with the Cricket Club and provide a wonderful high class venue for functions for the whole area and general public.
The Club is an old fashioned one where Rugby visitors get a very warm welcome and the standard of Rugby is played in the true sports style with no quarter asked or given on the field but within the Laws of the game.
Bridgnorth in Black with Scunthorpe in Hi viz Saturn Yellow jerseys made identification easy
Scunthorpe kicked off for the ball to be well fielded by Afea Haisila, but as Scunthorpe streamed through Bridgnorth's Molitika got injured and play was held up for his treatment.
He eventually left the field for Charlie Wright to replace him. Scunthorpe continued the attack but a brilliant pickup of a kick through by Jonah Boyce got Bridgnorth moving forward and Afea cleared Bridgnorth over the half way line with a good kick . Scunthorpe made slow progress with short inter passes across the field whilst Bridgnorth tried to make ground with huge long passes to create an overlap wide out. Some strong runs brought a try for young James Morgan making his first team debut. A greatkick from Llew Williams made the score 0-7.
Scunthorpe retaliated almost immediately with a converted try at the Clubhouse end by Paul Cook to level the scores.
Scunthorpe had some heavyweight charges bursting through the first line of Bridgnorths defence to bring a try for Olli Cole with again Cook adding the points,
A minor handbagging offence brought a refs warning for Bridgnorth's Captain, otherwise attacking Rugby brought some crunching tackles from both sides.
Ringing the changes Scunthorpe made two changes to their pack and Bridgnorth brought Joe Cave off for Ryan Smeilus. Bridgnorth went for a penalty in the extreme left corner but Scunthorpe's Sam Morgan showed a great turn of speed and avoided at least four tackling attempte to score at the other end. The conversion put Scunthorpe in control 21-7 at the break.
From the restart Scunthorpe added a goal and a try. At last an unconverted try from Bridgnorth by Luis Evitt gave Bridgnorth hope at 33-12 but Jacob Hardy for Scunthorpe increased the lead.
In the final stages Scunthorpe, hogging possession, scored once more to bring the final score 45-12.
The bonus points win puts Scunthorpe just 2 points ahead of Lucton.
Bridgnorth meet Sheffield at the EDG next week with the ex players lunch making for an exciting finale. Bridgnorth lost to Sheffield in the first game of the season but The All-Blacks are just one place above them in the League so should be an interesting encounter. Bridgnorth will be hoping that their injured soldiers are all returned to action for a good end to an excellent season.
Man of the match for me was young James Morgan with a try on his debut , obviously a talent for the future.
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