Scunthorpe travelled to Moortown RUFC to begin their season in the Yorkshire Merit Premiership league after being promoted last year. The team consisted of a number of young players (Kier Gosling, Jack Liffsey, Joe Mowbray, Elliott Bell, Matthew West, Dylan Martin and Benedict Noble) playing their first game of adult grade rugby. Morley elected to kick off and after safely collecting the ball Scunthorpe made advances up the pitch with each player breaking the game line and passing the ball with purpose. Scunthorpe were awarded a scrum in the opposition 5 metre and after safely holding the ball in the scrum, No 8 Si Fisher passed the ball to the debutant scrum half Joe Mowbray who crossed the line to give the first score of the day, Jess Matthews stepped up to add the extra. Scunthorpe again proceeded to attack the Moortown half with powerful runs by Tim Dunk and Liam Dunk ensuring that Scunthorpe kept possession and pressure, Moortown gave away a penalty for an offence in a ruck and captain Fisher asked Matthews to kick the penalty which he duly did to give Scunthorpe a lead of 10 – 0 after 10 minutes. After only a further 3 minutes Scunthorpe were awarded a kickable penalty, Matthews being successful again. There was no let up for Moortown as Scunthorpe again found themselves within metres of the try line, after several pick and go’s Dunk passed to Fisher who scored in the corner, Matthews was unable to add the extra’s. Moortown worked their way into the Scunthorpe and at a scrum about 10 metres from the Scunthorpe try line their winger evaded the tackles from the Scunthorpe players and scored , the conversion was successful Scunthorpe 18 Moortown 7 after 32 minutes. In what was becoming a common theme Scunthorpe were awarded another penalty in a very kickable position and Matthews was successful again. Scunthorpe were attacking with vigour and accuracy and it was the turn of Fisher to be provider to Dunk who crossed the try to score what was to be the last points of the half, at half time Scunthorpe had a healthy 26 – 7 lead.
The second half started with Moortown on the offensive and if wasn’t for their players knocking on due to the defensive pressure created by Scunthorpe within metres of the Scunthorpe try line they could have scored at least a couple of tries. After 20 minutes of the second half Scunthorpe set up a powerful driving maul with Fisher crossing the try line again. The Scunthorpe back line of Charlie Turner, Billy Hardy and Jack Liffsey showed their pace and skills and it was the effervescent Turner who scampered over to score his first of the season. Scunthorpe’s lineout and scrum was excellent managing to win lineouts and scrums against the feed, with Man of the Match hooker Matthew Mason hitting every lineout and making an impression on the game in both attack and defence. As in the first half Moortown gave another penalty away and even though Scunthorpe had a healthy lead it was decided to take the points which Matthews duly obliged. In the dying minutes of the game Jack Rowbotham scored, Lewis Meyer successfully kicked the conversion giving a score line of Scunthorpe 46 Moortown 7.
Every Scunthorpe player made an impact on the game either in attack or defence. Scunthorpe Stags are at home to Sheffield Tigers 2 next week and are hoping that they can maintain the quality of play seen against Moortown.