Sat 12
Northampton Casuals III
3rd XV
BB Convincing Winners Against Combination of K's Thirds, Seconds & Firsts.

BB Convincing Winners Against Combination of K's Thirds, Seconds & Firsts.

By John Tucker
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BB travelled to Casuals, already aware that K’s 2nds wouldn’t be playing so as to help make up the numbers and give the remainder of their third team a game.

As K’s 1sts had cancelled as well, BB 3rds found themselves facing what looked to be a strong line up that included a number of first teamers, but were to prove more than equal to the task.

Paul Donald again distributed the ball efficiently, trying to stifle a grin as he flopped over the line for what one team mate termed another 5 yard flop, although other witnesses beg to differ – it may have been at least six.

Dave Curtis was in rampaging mood at inside centre, gaining two tries, and was ably supported by David Willix at 13, who also bagged one himself. An under the weather Steve Larkins made a great run, only to be stopped in his tracks by a bash to the throat, ending his time on the pitch. Darren Earl then stepped in admirably from wing to fullback and worked creatively in partnership with both wingers.

Paddy Phillips caused major problems for K’s with his kicking repeatedly finding the holes behind their back line. Dan Denton was able to exploit at least one of these gaps, although his reward for beating three players over thirty yards was being squashed by another two. Craig Howting was unfortunate to be denied after a beautifully floated long pass from Paddy put him through for what looked like a certain score, only for it to be controversially called as forward to the dismay of the nearby spectators.

A great deal of solid work by the forwards gave an unyielding basis from which the backs could attack. Kelvin Smith was solid both in the pack and attack, and was fortunate to score after a little juggling in front of the line. Gareth Harper’s aggressive running and storming score was a fair representation of the sterling work done by the rest of the pack. While Casuals struggled, lineout throwing from both Daryl Richards and Bobby Green was spot on, and jumpers Rob Tear and Chrissy Fulthorpe both competed and disrupted well. Sean Fagan and Ricardo Mouro were both equally determined at prop, the whole pack managing to hold their discipline, despite it being tested by the occasional decision.

Casuals had started with promise, having replied quickly to BB’s first try, but could not withstand the continued pressure as BB began to rack up the points. Rolling back on subs in the second half gave K’s a brief ray of light, and they were lucky to gain two more tries. One came from two quick penalties in a row, taken while BB were still retiring, the other try seeming equally fortunate.

Despite this, BB were able to seal this convincing victory with a further two tries, including one from Tommy Buswell, coming on only in the last twenty because of illness during the week, disheartening what had been a determined Casuals side as BB reached the 50 point mark.

Despite their flow constantly being interrupted by the whistle, this was a great BB team performance once more in a game played with spirit by both sides.

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Sat 12, Feb 2011




Winter Warmers League