Scunthorpe Colts 41 Scarborough Colts 13
Seven try demolition for the colts.
On Sunday February 12th , Scunthorpe Colts played hosts to North Yorkshire Scarborough Colts with a half twelve kick-off. In very wet and freezingly cold conditions, the Greens played sunshine rugby to overcome a dogged Scarborough outfit, even when the hail came down.
The early exchanges will be remembered by the mistakes both sides made. Handling mistakes can be excused due to the freezing conditions but not all were down to the weather. A beautiful lineout win by number eight Bram Hollingsworth was brought down and a driving maul had Scunthorpe advancing quickly. This was only stopped illegally, but Matty Boden was so close with the failed penalty attempt.
Offside and infringements at the ruck had the Greens penalised three times in a row, giving the visitors the chance to open the scoring on 8 minutes with a kick from just outside the 22. Nicely slotted over; 0-3.
Scunthorpe needed to hit back quickly, and they did. On ten minutes, a Devon James sprint after a Scarborough clearance kick had the winger deep in the visitors' half. Recycled ball had prop Sam Longstaff powering forward and as soon as scrum half Archie Swain set George Taylor free with quick ball, his drawing of the defender put Jess Matthews through a gap and him scoring the Greens' opener under the posts. Converted by Boden; 7 – 3.
On 14 minutes, a great Scarborough drop goal reduced the arrears to 7-6 and brought back memoires of the one Matthews did at Scarbrough to win the game three weeks earlier. From the restart, Scunthorpe advanced after gaining possession with a great Boden restart catch. Taken out in the air accidentally, the Scarborough player was yellow carded and so began a purple patch for the Greens. Second row Stephen Middleton was just bundled into touch near the corner flag. From the resulting lineout, great pressure from Matty Wormold had Scarborough tap it behind their own line, giving the Greens a scrum five yards out. Scrum win and a passing move right was halted by Scarborough and then went left. A forward drive from Jonathan Rigby gained another 10 yards and his layback allowed Swain to pick out the winger, Piers Sciolti, with a long straight cutout pass and the try machine did the rest. Unconverted; 12-6.
On 20 minutes, a dropped ball inside Scunthorpe's half, after great Charlie Hunt defence, was quickly pounced on by captain Lewis Meyer. Kicking the ball forward, he alone chased the kick and got there before Scarborough could regather, and again hacked it forward. Bursting through two Scarborough backs with pace and power, his third kick sat up nicely for him and he touched down over the visitors' line. Unconverted; 17-6.
A superb Ben Botham run from the restart down the right, had Scarborough back pedalling. Carried on by Taylor for another 20 yards, the fleet footed10 then chipped over to Scunthorpe's left, where Hollingsworth claimed the bouncing ball. As he advanced, he had the ball ripped from him to give Scarborough possession. Undeterred, he then ripped it from them tit for tat, and then fell over the line to make it 22-6. Three tries in 7 minutes, when Scarborough were short, showed how superior the Greens were.
The scoring was not over. An amazing Hollingsworth man and ball tackle cut their flanker in half, allowing another Archie Swain run at pace, which had Scarborough back pedalling and when the ball was moved by hand to the right, livewire hooker Jack McGrath was there to power over the last 10 yards with Scarborough forwards clinging on, but unable to stop him. Converted by Matthews from the touchline, the half time score was 29-6 to the home side.
The second half saw coach Field use all of his bench, and each replacement, like the starting fifteen, all had a part to play. The darting runs from Will Greaves, the terrier like defence of Kristian Martin, the quick thinking of flanker Josh Sarsfield, the bone crunching tackles of Israel Spry-Brittain and the dancing feet of Charlie Van Gils all ensured Scunthorpe were the dominant team in the second half despite the hail and bitterly cold wind. Scunthorpe had two separate players sin-binned for technical offences and this somewhat hindered much further scoring. Constant penalties would allow a battling Scarborough outfit to keep in the game. Many thanks to Scunthorpe's Ben Botham to play much of the second half for the visitors as one of their players had to retire due to a head knock and they had no replacements.
Further scores to Stephen Middleton and two-try Jack McGrath with a Lewis Meyer “heat-seeking missile-style” conversion wide right, put Scunthorpe's lead at 41-6 but this Scarborough outfit would not surrender. Led by their tricky number 10, they battled on and on and deserved the final score and conversion late on to make it finally 41-13.
Scunthorpe's man of the match had to be hooker Jack McGrath for another 70 minute performance and his two tries. Praise also to Devon James for his kick returns and general enthuiasm along with George Taylor, who always seemed to take the correct option whether it was run, kick or pass. Fullback Matty Boden continues to shine. The pack benefited from the return of Jon Rigby and the stability that Israel Spry-Brittain offers. The contributions of second rowers Wormold and Middleton should never be underestimated. A great way to dust off last week's narrow defeat and return to winning ways.
1. Sam Longstaff
2. Jack McGrath
3. Jonathan Rigby
4. Stephen Middleton
5. Matthew Wormold
6. Lewis Meyer
7. Charlie Hunt
8. Bram Hollingsworth
9. Archie Swain
10. George Taylor
11. Piers Sciolti
12. Jess Matthews
13. Ben Botham
14. Devon James
15. Matty Boden
16. Kristan Martin
17. Charlie Van Gils
18. Joshua Sarsfield
19. Israel Spry-Brittain
20. Will Greaves
Report by Carl Meyer.