Sun 20
U8
Sun 20
10:30
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Cleethorpes
Scunthorpe U8's v Cleethorpes U8's

Scunthorpe U8's v Cleethorpes U8's

By Louise Brewster
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The first cold foggy weekend of the year saw Cleethorpes travel to Scunthorpe with an ex Scunthorpe first teamer as coach.


First Game:
Even though the Greens won the toss they elected to receive rather than take the first attack this proved to be a wrong decision as Clee attacked with pace that the home team was not ready for and scored the opening try. The greens attacked led by Alfie Smith with a dodging side stepping run that tore the Clee defence apart to score. Weather conditions made tagging difficult for some of the less experienced green which had only so far played in perfect conditions, Clee capitalised on this with a relatively easy score. A simple pass to the fully recovered world cup welsh international captain (in name sake only) Sam Warburton to score a fine try with pace. Clee tried to go round the greens instead of through this proved to be to the greens advantage as he ran into touch, Warburton took the initiative with another good run to give it to the supporting Conroy to finish off in his usual style. This time Clee ran into the heart of the greens from the advice from the coach payed off in a try right in the middle. Conroy took the ball on from the restart to wind his way through a staggered Clee defence to score but the half was finished with a Clee try.
The second half started as it ended with Conroy taking charge and scoring from the initial pass off, Clee quickly replied through a lacklustre defence. Scunthorpe needed a wakeup call this was given by an inspired Alfie Smith to score, the celebrations did not last long as Clee replied. After some time of tit for tat mistakes and tagging Cross received the ball and sped down the touch line only to be stopped a metre from the line and giving probably the easiest try of his life to Conroy. In the dying seconds Clee launched an offensive that could not be stopped that capped off a very equal game of attacking rugby ending in an 8 all draw.

Second Game:
Again the greens did not start with the ball this time the defence was mildly better with C Brewster stopping the attack only momentarily on the line, one pass more saw them score. The restart saw a simple mistake of a knock on by the greens but the returning play was scuppered by the same simple mistake, Murr capitalised on this and scored from his own half. Slight injury saw C Brewster leave the field for the rest of the half, the re organisation did not happen quickly enough as Clee capitalised and scored. Both teams attempted to play open rugby for the rest of the half but with neither team scoring the half ended.
With the ball in hand the greens looked dangerous especially on form Murr as he weaved his way through Clee’s scattered players to score. Clee tried there hardest to match their oppositions attacking prowess but to no avail through a forward pass the newly returned C Brewster showed his pace to score. Once again Clee lost the ball under great pressure applied by the greens for this time Murr to score again making his hat trick. Clee scored a try through a still celebrating un aware green defence, but this was turning into the C Brewster and Murr show as they both added extra tries. The game ended with a Clee try but a fine performance by the mixed team gave a winning result of 6 to 4.

Third Game:
The Vets were selected together for this final game which once again they did not start, this time though the organised defence went into overdrive forcing Clee back well into their own half before relieving the ball due to the six tag rule. Murr took the ball on from well within the Clee half to score an individually brilliant try. Clee had no answer to the Vets well organised attacking defence and lost the ball instantaneously for Conroy to score a typical try twisting and turning the defence inside and out. Defensively the greens look impressive and even looked like they had ten players instead of seven as wherever Clee tried to attack a green was there to stop them, from a resulting fumble Williams pounced on the loose ball and speed his way to the line. This half carried on in similar vein with Warburton and Cross adding to the tally of a 5 – 0 drumming at half time.
The half time team talk was to try and play expansive rugby move the ball before a tag, after a massive seven passes without a single tag, virtually un heard of at this level, the ball was fumbled forward. With the ball back in hand after six tags change over Hellewell sped to the line and had to dive for the line unfortunately the try was disallowed due to a technical issue. Clee kept trying with ball in hand but once again they had to relinquish it for Conroy to add to his massive tally for the day, the celebrations lasted too long opening a crevasse that Clee exploited to score their only try of the game. Dawson reciprocated with a great run dodging through the defence to score a well deserved try. Restarting Conroy and Brewster linked well for Brewster to score, this was repeated but the opposite way round for Conroy to score the final try of the game after great defensive play from Cross and Dawson.
Final score 9 – 1 to the Vets if they carry on improving like this the squad is going to be unstoppable, bring on the tournaments!

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Match date

Sun 20, Nov 2011

Kickoff

10:30