GAINSBOROUGH 2ND XV 17
LINCOLN 3RD XV 55
BY JOSEPH VERNEY
Brothers Luke and Alex Brodrick both crossed for tries in the latter’s first senior game of rugby as Lincoln’s 3rd XV claimed an emphatic 55-17 victory at Gainsborough.
Craig Richardson went over for two tries, while Daryl Wright, Matt Eggleston, Rory McConnell, Henry Matthews and Lee Wheeler also got their names on the scoresheet.
Lincoln opened the scoring when good work by the forwards secured the ball from a scrum before Wright drove through the hosts’ back line for a try, which McConnell converted.
The visitors increased their lead when another excellent scrum from the forwards saw the ball shipped out to Korey Rankin, who broke through a tackle and offloaded for Richardson to run in for a try.
Gainsborough reduced the deficit with an unconverted try, but Lincoln were in confident
mood and soon moved further ahead.
Alex Brodrick got the ball from a ruck and shipped the ball to McConnell, who broke the line and ran around the full-back for a try.
Matt Eggleston grabbed Lincoln’s next try after receiving the ball a few metres out before forcing his way over to score.
Alex Brodrick’s excellent performance was capped with a try before half-time as he dummied at the ruck before passing to Richardson, who offloaded to Paul Swaby. Swaby then made ground on a decent break down the wing before offloading back to Alex Brodrick, who ran under the posts for a try from the 22 metre line.
McConnell added the extras as Lincoln took a 29-5 lead in at the break.
Lincoln continued to dominate for much of the second half and added a further four tries, with Luke Brodrick converting three of them.
Good support work down the left set up Matthews, who broke through two tackles before running in for a try from 20 metres out.
Gainsborough conceded again after losing the ball and Luke Brodrick picked it up on the opposition’s 10 metre line before handing off a player and outrunning another to score a try.
Richardson then added his second try of the match after McConnell shipped the ball out wide to him. Richardson then popped the ball to Luke Brodrick, who drew three defenders in before offloading it back to his team-mate for a try.
Gainsborough then fumbled a catch and it went in between two players and Wheeler was on hand to get to it first and run in for a try from 25 metres out.
Lincoln lost their way a bit in the last 20 minutes of the match and started to let Gainsborough back into the game.
With the Gainsborough forwards carrying strongly, and Lincoln giving away silly penalties at the ruck, the visitors lost a player to the sin bin for the final 10 minutes.
Gainsborough took advantage of the extra man to go over for two late tries, but it didn’t stop Lincoln from running out as worthy winners.
After the match 3rd XV full-back Brian Kelly said: “The first half against Gainsborough was as well as Lincoln thirds have played in the last two seasons.
“Backs and forwards interchanging well and a first half defensive effort that was excellent. The second half continued in exactly the same vain with forwards setting some excellent platforms for the backs to attack off.
“Alex Brodrick at scrum half and Luke Brodrick, who started at full-back, were excellent, as were Craig Richardson and Korey Rankin in the centres, with Rory McConnell having another strong performance at stand- off.
“The forwards all stuck to their game plan and consistently gained ground with ball in hand against a much bigger and heavier Gainsborough pack, with Daryl Wright and Matt Eggleston making yards every time they carried the ball.”