Scunthorpe Stags v Thornensians 2nds 10/12/16
Scunthorpe RUFC Stags travelled to Thornensians on Saturday 10/12/16 knowing that if they were going to keep their winning streak they would have to play well. Coach Geordie Bourne took a full squad which included two Colts, Lewis Meyer and Jess Matthews the latter starting the game on the win, there were some positional changes with Mick Dunk Jr going from wing to join Simon Fisher at Centre, Billy Hardy and Jake Barrett were at scrum half and fly half respectively.
Within 3 minutes of the first half Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty just within the opposition half Barrett was not able to get the points but had his revenge less than 5 minutes later as he ran in a try after good work by the backs who worked the ball from one side of the field to the other, Barrett was unable to add the extra points. Scunthorpe worked their way into the opposition half and the ever alert Barrett spotted one of the opposition players jumping out of the defensive line and creating a large gap for him to race through and score under the posts, Barrett was this time successful with the conversion giving a score of Thornensians 0 Scuthorpe 12. The game plan of Thornensians became obvious as they used their forwards to constantly pick and go from any ruck but the Scunthorpe defence were not drawn into putting numbers into the ruck thereby ensuring a strong defensive line. After an indiscretion by a Scuthorpe player Thornensians were awarded a kickable penalty and got onto the scoreboard. Following a period of play within the Thornensians half prop Kane Linklater intercepted a pass and managed to get the ball to Fisher and ran strongly at the defense after being tackled the ball got to Matthew Mason who was on hand to score his first try of the season, Barrett got the extra points Thorensians 3 Scunthorpe 19 . Scunthorpe attacked the Thornensians defence and the elusive full back Liam Brunt made some space and managed to get the pass away to debutant Matthews who like any good winger was following the play and scored, Barrett getting the extra’s. The first half ended with Scunthorpe having a healthy lead with the score of Thornensians 3 Scunthorpe 26.
The second half commenced with Thornensians not changing their game plan but seemingly not realising that Scunthorpe were not going be drawn into their game. The referee did well to keep the various flash points under control as Thornensian players appeared to be committing numerous high tackles and dubious tactics at the breakdown. After a high tackle on Brunt the Thornensian player was shown a yellow card much to the consternation of the Thornensian coaching staff but after only a couple of minutes Brunt himself was yellow carded after an alleged high tackle. Scunthorpe did well to continue playing their own brand of rugby and live wire Barrett got his hat track racing in from Scunthorpes half to score under the posts and converting, Thornensians 3 Scunthorpe 33. Intelligent clearance kicking by Barrett, Fisher and Hardy ensured that Thornensian spent much of the time in their half. Scunthorpe’s defensive remained solid with George Mason, Jack Rowbotham and David Ward putting numerous tackles in as Thornensians hammered at the Scunthorpe try line. Scunthorpe broke away into the Thornensians half with Fisher making yards, the forwards supported the play and the ball found its way to George Mason who scored his second try in as many games leaving the final score Thornensians 3 Scunthorpe Stags 38.
The Stags are now topping the league with two games in hand from the teams in second and third position, and are hoping to keep their 100% record when they travel to Sandal on Saturday 17/12/16.