Scunthorpe RUFC 2nds travelled to Huddersfield on Saturday 26th January without amongst others Clarke Murray, Will Harrison and Jack Brunt but still managed to field a strong team. Huddersfield started the game better and it soon became obvious that it would be a hard physical game with the Huddersfield backs being well disciplined in attack and defence. At the first scrum it was the Scunthorpe pack that had the power to push Huddersfield off the ball and steal the ball but they were unable to punish Huddersfield. After a period of play Huddersfield were awarded a penalty after an infringement at the breakdown and Huddersfield scored the first points of the game. Both teams continued to attack whenever possible but good defence and numerous penalties brought the attacks to a halt. Scunthorpe were awarded a penalty at a scrum and the reliable Jake Goodison scored the 3 points to bring the team level again. Not long after Scunthorpe were awarded another penalty and Goodison was successful again to give Scunthorpe a slender lead. Both teams were struggling to understand the referee’s interpretation of the breakdown and after one such penalty Huddersfield drew the game level again. Scunthorpe turned down a kick to the posts and opted instead for a kick to the line within 10 metres of the Huddersfield line, unfortunately the lineout was not caught cleanly and Huddersfield cleared their line. At yet another penalty Goodison kicked the points and Scunthorpe were once again in the lead, with minutes to go in the half Huddersfield were awarded a penalty and drew the score level at 9 each at the end of the first half.
Scunthorpe made a couple of changes for the start of the second half and started positively, making considerable progress into the Huddersfield half but the Huddersfield defence were well organised and managed to bring the attack to a halt. At a Scunthorpe line out deep within the Huddersfield half, Scunthorpe set up a rolling maul and drove over the line to give David Ward the opportunity to score the first try of the game, Goodison was unable to add the extra’s. Huddersfield continued to attack and were rewarded after switching the play from one side of the field to the other with a try of their own which was converted to give Huddersfield the lead at 17 -14. The Scunthorpe scrum continued to be dominant and Huddersfield did well to retain the ball with the scrum being pushed backwards. Scunthorpe made their way into the Huddersfield 22 and were awarded a scrum where they again pushed Huddersfield back until the Huddersfield front row had no option but to stand up, the scrum was re set and the same happened again at the third scrum the referee lost patience with one of the Huddersfield props and showed him a yellow card. On the 4th scrum Scunthorpe powered over the line at pace and number 8 Simon Fisher touched down, Goodison kicked the extra’s to give Scunthorpe a 4 point lead. Huddersfield continued to attack and it was Scunthorpe’s defence which held firm with Liam Brut putting in a superb covering tackle to force the Huddersfield player out of play within metres of the Scunthorpe line. In a tense last few minutes of the games Huddersfield threw caution to the wind and continued to attack, and were awarded a penalty close to the try line after the referee deemed the Scunthorpe front row had engaged too early on their own put in, Huddersfield took a quick tap and go but somehow Scunthorpe stole the ball back and got the ball to Goodison who kicked to touch to relieve the pressure. With Huddersfield attacking a ruck was formed and Linklater spotted the opportunity to counter ruck forcing the Huddersfield players off the ball and forcing them to give away a penalty which Goodison calmly kicked out of play to end the game with Scunthorpe winning 21 - 17. Both teams gave everything they had in a tough physical game which was played in an excellent spirit. The teams meet again at Heslam Park next Saturday in the second round of the Yorkshire 2nd team cup.