Sat 07
1st XV
L Williams (2)
L Evitt
Bridgnorth 11 Sheffield 32

Bridgnorth 11 Sheffield 32

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All Blacks Lose First League Game

The start of a new season in the Midland Premier League saw a good crowd in attendance on a perfect day for running Rugby. Bridgnorth started the game brightly and after a period of good possession in the Sheffield half took the lead through a Llew Wiilliams penalty after 10 minutes. This was soon cancelled out by a Sheffield penalty to level the scores at 3-3 after 15 minutes and at that point Bridgnorth lost prop George Newman through injury. Bridgnorth brought on young prop Ben Prior from the bench for his first team debut; Ben has come through the ranks of the mini and junior section and is playing his first season at senior level. Sheffield then had a period of possession putting pressure on the Bridgnorth line and extended their lead after 25 minutes with an unconverted try from their captain playing in the centre. Further dominance saw a driving maul from a 5 yard lineout for the Sheffield forwards to power over, this try being converted to make the half time score 15-3.
Bridgnorth brought on Loti Molitika and Ted Parker for the second half and had their best period of the match coming back into the contest with a further Llew Williams penalty and an unconverted try from hooker Luis Evitt following a pre-planned line out move. This brought the score line to 15 – 11 in Sheffields favour and it looked like Bridgnorth would get stronger as the game wore on. That was however as good as it got for Bridgnorth, Sheffield extended their lead with a penalty and from the resulting restart Bridgnorth prop George Cave was sin binned. With a one man advantage Sheffield opted to kick for the corner and again drove over from the lineout for a converted try to take the score to 25 -11. The Sheffield skipper then bagged his second try of the game with an interception to score under the posts, this forth try giving Sheffield a winning bonus point.
Bridgnorth will take some comfort in the way that they started the game and how they battled back into the contest in the second half and in the debut of local lad Ben Prior who more than held his own against very strong and experienced opposition who, based on this performance, will be a team pushing for promotion come the end of the season. Bridgnorth travel to Bournville next week for their second match of the campaign.
Steve Farrell
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Sat 07, Sep 2019




Midlands Premier

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