Sat 04
1st XV
7
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30
League
Preston Grasshoppers
Hoppers go home with 5 points

Hoppers go home with 5 points

By Peter Bright
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Plenty of possession and territory but failure to put points on the board


Following a strong showing in the first half when they went into the interval with a 7points to 6 lead, The Greens once again showed their defensive frailty to eventually go down by 30 points to 7.

For the first game of the new year, The Greens put out a virtual full squad, with young Kier Gosling making his home debut.

The visitors were first to show when they pressured the home boys in their own’22’ and won a penalty after 9 minutes, only for Tom Davidson to pull his effort wide. He did however have another opportunity 3 minutes later, when The Greens were penalised at a scrummage in front of their posts. This time there was no error and Davidson put his team ahead by 3 points to nil. Thereafter it was all about home pressure and play continued for most of the first period in the visitors ‘22’. Despite all the possession and territory, The Greens were unable to translate this into points. The visitors lost two men to the bin with offences under pressure (Samuel Wallback 32 minutes and Jordan Scott 36 minutes) but the home team were still unable to capitalise. It took until just before the interval, when from a quick tap penalty, Captain Tom Foster was able to cross under the posts. Paul Cook added the extras and Scunthorpe went into the lead by 7 points to 3. The Hoppers did gain 3 more points through the boot of Davidson, in first half added time, for the home boys to go into the interval with a 7 to 6 lead.

As the home faithful have seen to often this season, it was the visiting side that were first out of the blocks when the strong running Christian Taylor broke through for a try after on 2 minutes of the second period. Davidson added the extras for a 13 points to 7 lead. It was Taylor again who touched down only 4 minutes later as he was the beneficiary of some high tempo rugby for his second touchdown. Davidson was off target this time but the Hoppers had now extended their advantage to 18 points to 7.

Whilst Scunthorpe again exerted a lot of pressure at the other end of the pitch, they were unable to breach the hoppers defence. Following a penalty that put them into the home ‘22’, the visiting pack drove over for a try by Alastair Murray. Davidson failed to add the extras but the visitors were now ahead by 23 points to 7 after 25 minutes of the second half. Only 5 minutes later Taylor completed his hattrick and the subsequent conversion, gave them a 30 points to 7 lead with ten minutes still to play. It did look as if the home boys may add to their tally but it was not to be and the score-line remained the same at the final whistle.

Match Report by LWJ Clayton

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Match details

Match date

Sat 04, Jan 2020

Kickoff

14:15

Competition

National 2 North

League position

15
Preston Grasshoppers
16
Scunthorpe