After their impressive win at Birmingham last week, The Greens fielded a familiar squad at home to Bromsgrove with Oli Wood the only absentee from the starting line-up and Chris Donk and Oli Passmoor completing the bench.
Weather conditions would again be an important factor as the game kicked off in bleak rain which had been ongoing since morning. The home pack immediately imposed themselves and shunted the visitors back at the set piece to take the ball against the head and drove over with more power play to score through James Dyson after 6 minutes. The conversion failed but the pressure was maintained and the Scunthorpe eight won a penalty try following several scrum infringements after 15 minutes. Steve Johnson tagged on the extra two points and The Greens had taken a 12 points to nil lead. James Upton struck a penalty for the visitors after 20 minutes to reduce the arears and put his team into the game at 12 points to 3.
The Grove were playing against the prevailing conditions and attempted to retain possession and drive their way into the home half. However, the tight home defence and slippery ball led to mistakes. One of these was pounced on by Jake Barron who snaffled the loose ball, drove forward and put Sam Morgan over for the try. Johnson added the conversion and Scunthorpe were 19 points to 3 ahead after 23 minutes.
Whilst the rest of the first period produced no further scores the rugby played was a credit to both teams and on several occasions the home boys were denied by some tight calls.
The Grove had the elements at their backs during the second period and started by putting on all the pressure for the first 10 minutes. They were however only able to add another 3 points from the boot of Upton and so payed the price when Scunthorpe got to the other end and following several phases, Ash Dibden powered through to score. Johnson’s conversion attempt drifted narrowly wide but Scunthorpe had gained the all-important bonus point through their 4th try. The scoreboard now read 24 points to 3 after 15 minutes of the second half. To add insult to injury, Bromsgrove also had Upton sent to the bin during this period of play.
The Home boys continued to play possession rugby at a high tempo with efficient rucking and some powerful mid-field line-breaks. Tom Foster was the beneficiary when he received the scoring pass and although tackled two metres short was able to slide in on the wet surface. Johnson converted and Scunthorpe were looking comfortable at 29 points to 6.
The intensity of play was maintained by the Heslam Park team and following another yellow card for the visitors, Jams Dyson added another try after 35 minutes. The enterprise of both teams continued through the final minutes of play with attack and counter attack as both went close to scoring.
Despite the poor playing conditions the spectators saw a good deal of open rugby with Scunthorpe managing things better on the day.
Next week The Greens will travel to Lichfield for the final league fixture of the year and hope to avenge their only home defeat during the current campaign. They will travel in good heart having produced some of their best rugby over the last couple of weeks.