Scunthorpe Stags travelled to Sheffield Engineers on Sat 29/10 with some changes to the team due to unavailability. Kieran Bournes returned to the Stags after a spell with the firsts, Phil Jepson making the move the other way.
Scunthorpe scored the first try of the day with Matthew Mason carrying the ball over after a well practised catch and drive at a line out Elliot Wright stepped up to score the extra’s. Simon Fisher scored the Stags second after a typical strong run, Wright was unable to add the extra’s. Sheffield came right back at the Stags and scored their first of the day giving a score of Sheffield 5 Scunthorpe 12 after 16 minutes of play. Scunthorpe’s forwards were no match for Sheffield’s and they were able to drive the Sheffield scrum back at will, prop Aaron Coultard drove over the line from short distance to score Scunthorpe 3rd try Wright being successful with his conversion. After relentless attacking by Scunthrope, Bournes broke through tackles to score giving Wright the opportunity to add to his tally for the day. Sheffield though were not going to let Scunthorpe have the last word in the half and they scored their second try giving a half time score of Sheffield 12 Scunthorpe 26.
Sheffield were a young team and they were hoping that the Scunthorpe team would tire in the second half. The Scunthorpe forwards imposed their authority right from the start of the second with second row Jack Rowbotham getting the first try of the half. Both teams showed ambition and a willingness to run the ball whenever possible but Scunthorpe’s defence was up to wave after wave of attack and always managed to clear their lines. Scrum half Jake Barrett tore through the opposition and scored under the posts leaving Wright an easy conversion. Sheffield continued all the way to the end of the game and scored another try to give a final score of Sheffield Engineers 19 Scunthorpe 40.
Scunthorpe are still second in the league a point behind Wath-on-Dearne who have played two more games than Scunthorpe.