Sat 26
1st XV
Greens Take the Rewards at Heslam Park

Greens Take the Rewards at Heslam Park

By Peter Bright
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Strong performances from both sides, with the final kick taking the spoils

The Greens welcomed back long-term absentee, Oli Wood but were without scrum-half Josh Bird, so Tom Hughes filled in at No. 9.

The game started at a cracking pace with the visiting Herefordshire side having the greater share of possession. Their high intensity play brought them a reward after just 5 minutes when John Morris crossed in the right-hand corner. The conversion was missed but they had made their point with a 5 points to nil lead. The Greens responded with some strong running of their own and when a penalty was gained, they opted for the line-out and although they were stopped short, Olly Cole drove over from close range. Paul Cook added the conversion and The Greens had taken the lead by 7 points to 5 after 11 minutes.

The Game was being hotly contested with some strong tackling from both teams. Luctonians went through multiple phases and gained a position close to the home line, only for resolute defending to win a turnover and an escape. The Greens then had their time on the ball but were unable to make that much needed clean break. The teams therefore went into the interval with the scores still at 7 points to 5.

A good start to the second period was vital to both teams. It was the home boys that gained the upper hand when Jakob Hardy claimed Tom Foster’s re-start kick to put his side on the front foot and well in opposition territory. As the ball went through several phases, it was Will Robinson who broke through and sprinted in from 35 metres out. Cook added the extras and the home boys had now taken a 14 points to 5 lead. Making good use of a stiff breeze, the Lucs half-backs made sure that their team had the territorial advantage. They were rewarded when Scunthorpe conceded a penalty after 12 minutes and Sam Boxhall reduced the arears to 14 points to 8. The home defence held good until 27 minutes of the second half, when scrum-half Boxhall broke from a ruck on the home ‘22’ and scored under the posts. He then added the extras to put his team in the lead at 15 points to 14.

From the re-start, Hardy caught the ball receiver and knocked him to the ground in a strong tackle. It was however Hardy who damaged himself in contact and was unable to be moved. A joint decision was made to transfer the game to the adjoining pitch to complete the game. Lucs once more had an initial advantage but again sound defence and a penalty for holding on in the tackle, which was then compounded with some backchat and cost them another 10 metres. Scunthorpe then established a hold on the game and kept the visitors inside their own half and a penalty was gained just into added time, which Cook slotted from 35 metres to give the home boys the lead once more at 17 points to 15. They then held on and claim victory and avenge their defeat in Herefordshire in October last year.

A hard fought win against a competent side gives satisfaction but this will only last a short time before they have to focus on their visit to Shropshire on the 9th February, when they face possibly their game of the season, against Newport, who are joint top with The Greens.

Louie Clayton

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Sat 26, Jan 2019




Midlands Premier

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