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Sat 26
Pumas 1XV
S Nuttall, S Floyd, G Flack, S White, J Campbell
N Destefano (3)
N Destefano
Defence wins you games

Defence wins you games

By George Winch
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Pumas 1XV put in a storming performance built on great defence.

Well if you like swimming come and watch a rugby match. The weather for the Pumas match v Overton was horrible and led to a few injuries both teams could have done without.

Overton travelled to the Pumas for the second time this season and started the match with their usual forward intensity. Big guys making short but effective runs. It took only 4 mins for the visitors to open the score following a break off the base of the scrum 5 yards out. The try was converted and the Puma knew it would be a tough afternoon.

But as the rain came down the pitch got heavier and the Overton forwards started to tire quicker. The tactic of powering in the forwards was nullified through great defence with big tackles by John Pearson, Kent Streek and Jamie McTaggart in the forwards and Liam Moggeridge and Sean Nuttall in the backs. This frustrated Overton who could not get enough of the ball and started conceding penalties for not releasing. This allowed the Pumas to exploit the gaps that started to appear and on 27 mins quick ball at the breakdown at the Overton twenty-two saw the ball moved wide to full back Sean Nuttall coming into the line to score. 5-7.

Substitutions were made with Sam Floyd coming on at flank and inside one min he got the Pumas 2nd try. The Pumas now opened up their pace with Liam Moggeridge taking a quick twenty-two dropout to re-gather and pass to skipper James Campbell who broke the Overton line to find Sam Floyd on his shoulder to go in under the posts. Nick DeStefano converted, 12-7.

As the pace increased the Puma forwards continually secured the ball allowing James Campbell to again break the line and this time link up with centre Will Quigley who showed great pace to move up the wing. He was tackled by the covering fullback but rolled out the tackle to find winger Gus Flack to score a great try. Nick again converted 19-7. The Pumas continued to push in the dying seconds of the first half, but conceded a penalty in front of the Overton posts but frustration from the tired Overton forwards saw them complain to the ref and the penalty was reversed under the new "Appealing Laws" with Nick converting and bringing the half to a close on 22-7.

Overton certainly regrouped at half time as they came out with new vigour and purpose and they were rewarded with 2 tries in the space of 3 minutes following the only 2 missed tackles of the day from the Pumas. At 22-17 Overton sensed they could take something from the game but they could not get enough possession and on 74 mins prop Steve White took advantage of a poor lineout to gather and sprint for the try line 10 yards out to open up the gap and give the Pumas a bonus point try.

But the scoreline was increased further at the last play of the game with skipper James Campbell getting a well-deserved converted try as he outran the tired Overton defence to score. 34-17

Tough conditions but the frustration shown in the last few games was put to good use with the Pumas managing to keep control of the game once they got into the lead. Great intensity and running lines were shown but the defence in wet and greasy conditions was enormous with all players putting in a great shift.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 26, Oct 2019



Meet time



Hampshire 1

League position

Locksheath Pumas