Scunthorpe travelled to the Student’s campus for only the second time in the history of league fixtures between the two sides. The Student’s are celebrating their 100 year anniversary with some great international names amongst their alumni.
The Students were first on the scoreboard when they showed their intent with quick hands moving the ball to the left wing where Bamidele Fadahunsi touched down in the corner, within the first minute. Owen Waters converted for a 7 points to nil lead. The Greens started to dominate the set pieces and soon got themselves into the game when Paul Cook slotted a penalty after 3 minutes. Another penalty got Scunthorpe into the home ‘22’ and from the resulting lineout, they drove over for a Will Harrison try, for an eight points to 7 lead. After only 6 minutes. Cook failed to extend the lead when his kick struck the upright with another penalty after 12 minutes.
It was the home side that scored next when Will Kaye broke through to touchdown and the conversion by Waters gave the Students a 14 points to 8 lead in the 21st minute. The Greens were finding it ever more difficult to cope with the pace and speed of the home team but did get back on the scoreboard when Cook kicked another penalty after25 minutes to bring the scores to 14 points to 11. More quick hands and support play allowed Josh Lewis to cross and give Waters an easy conversion for 21 points to 11 lead after 29 minutes and that is how the scores remained until half-time. Scunthorpe did have Jacob Hardy sent to the bin for a late tackle after 34 minutes and the home boys also had a man binned just before the half-time whistle.
As always, the first score after the interval is an important indicator of whether the side in front is going to pull away or the side in arears is going to catch up. The Greens had the double blow of seeing Will Robinson sent to the bin for a part tackle/intercept and whilst he was off the pitch, the home boys scored a try after 5 minutes which was followed by a second just two minutes later. This effectively sealed the game and the harder the Greens tried to respond the more errors they made as they tried to force dangerous passes, thus giving more opportunities to the pacey home players.
The Students were worthy winners, although the score-line of 57 points to 11, is rather harsh on the efforts of the Scunthorpe team. It is so typical that when you are down, all the 50/50 decisions go against you but in order to recover you have got to make you own luck.
Match Report by LWJClayton