Firstly a big thank you to Port who were happy to lend us Sam & James to get the game on as a 15 a side match, true rugby spirit and much appreciated as we had suffered a number of late withdrawls and a number delayed arriving due to work committments.
The pack took a couple of scrums against the head and after a close drive then spinning it wide our new centre combination of George & Appi created space for Appi to score under the posts. 0 v 7
More pressure and slick hands then created space for Whitey to force his way over wide out. 0 v 12
More fast hands then saw a flowing move finished off by Josh and a 0 v 19 lead.
Port came roaring back, aided by a couple of needless penalties saw the pack driving hard at the line & despite being repelled several times eventually the dam burst with a try out wide 5 v 19
On the stroke of half time the home side scored a second try, almost a carbon copy of the first and a half time score of 12 v 19.
The second half started with two 80 metre counter attacking tries with power & pace with the back line interlinking superbly.
A try from the home team reduced the arrears but scrum half Will Thompson was sniping round the fringes and barrelled over from close range to restore the
The home side again profited from some ill dicipline and a couple of penalties driving deep into the 22 and using the big ball carriers again forced their way over.
A try by centre George seemed to be the last score after another sweeping backs move and a 47 v 25 lead but a bizarre end to the game saw a kick to touch deep into injury time sliced into the Port centres midrift and a simple run in to see the final score 33 v 47.
A great win on the road with many stand out performances, the pack led by Sam Burns, Pete & Ed solid in the front row with Matt Geary & Chris Steele a rock in the second row and Josh, Tom & James a constant menace when the opposition had the ball and always looking to link with the powerful backline.
Will Thompson & Nags were moving the ball quickly ans George & Appi a constant menace in attack and defence with Whitey & Matty offering escellent support in both attack & defence.
Great to have Mikey Baker back for a full 40 mins after injury too.
3 from 3 so far in this league - onwards to Firwood Waterloo next week..