Scunthorpe RUFC hosted Sheffield Tigers RUFC 1st and 2nd team on a beautiful September day, Scunthorpe 2nds started the game with a good kick off by Nu 10 Jess Matthews which allowed Scunthorpe to put pressure on the Tigers line. Jake Goodison playing in an unfamiliar position of scrum half received the ball and after quickly evaluating his option successfully went for a drop goal giving Scunthorpe an early 3 – 0 lead. Both teams attacked the opposition, and it wasn’t for a lack of composure Scunthorpe could have been 2 tries up. Goodison had to leave the field following an injury and Scunthorpe had to make positional change with Billy Hardy going to scrum half and Jack Scorer coning off the bench to play centre. Some excellent defence by both teams meant the game was on a knife edge and with only minutes left to the end of the first half Sheffield launched an excellent attach which gave them the first try of the game, the conversion being successful meant that at half time the score was Scunthorpe 3 Sheffield Tigers 7.
After 5 minutes of the second half Sheffield had a lineout in their half and their hooker overthrew the ball , Scunthorpe hooker Matthew Mason seized on the ball and showing excellent footwork broke through the defensive line to score Scunthorpe’s first try, Matthews added the extra. Scunthorpe threw wave after wave of attack at the Sheffield line only to be repelled until Mason again ran a great attacking line and received the ball at pace to score his second of the game to give Scunthorpe a 17 – 7 lead. Sheffield were not be undone and they showed that they could attack and after Scunthorpe missed a couple of tackles they scored to reduce Scunthorpe’s lead to 17 – 14. The game was played at a tremendous pace with both teams trying to get the upper hand. Scunthorpe’s scrum was dominant and after a scrum penalty Hardy took a quick tap penalty and score under the post giving a score of Scunthorpe 22 Sheffield Tigers 14. Sheffield were not be outdone and scored 2 quick tries which were converted to give them a 22 -28 lead. After a patient build up Scunthorpe thought they had a try after Scorer crossed the white wash only for the referee to cancel the score due to a knock on. Scunthorpe threw everything they had at Sheffield Tigers and after a line out they set up a drive and after calling in the backs they forced themselves over the line for Scorer to touch down giving a score of 27 to 28. The game ended soon after to give Scunthorpe a loosing bonus point.