Sat 18
1st XV
Peterborough Lions
S Depledge (2), J Cribley
W CarringtonJ France
S Crooks (2), T Gulland
W Carrington (3)
Sheffield  14  -  24  Peterborough Lions

Sheffield 14 - 24 Peterborough Lions

By Roger Keegan
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Sheffield edged out by the shear power of the Peterborough pack.

Sheffield RUFC 14 - 24 Peterborough Lions RFC

Team Selection for Saturday, 18th February 2017

15. Joe Cribley
14. Rupert Broadley
13. Fergus Wood
12. Gareth Morley
11. Owen Smith
10. Andy Hodgson
9. Steve Depledge

1. Ben Whitney
2. Sam Graham
3. Dan Rylance
4. Dom Parsons (Capt)
5. Dave Clayden
6. Ryan Seabright
7. Tom Womack
8. Jonny France

16. Lewis McKay
17. Connor Mitchell
18. Alastair Womack

Sheffield were to host Peterborough Lions with what was probably their best available squad given the long term injuries to prop forwards, Tommy Marples and Tobi Ademakin, together with back row forward Alex Fawdry.

This was always going to be tough challenge given Peterborough Lions recent form and Sheffield's pool of injured players. However, Sheffield got off to a good if not brilliant start. Sheffield made immediate inroads into the Peterborough defence with a break through Steve Depledge, leading to a Sheffield scrum and then a penalty in Sheffield's favour. Sheffield kicked into the corner and had a line out just outside the Peterborough five metre zone. Unfortunately as Sheffield had the Peterborough line at their mercy a pass went forward and Peterborough were awarded the scrum and the immediate danger was neutralised. However, Peterborough erred at he scrum when their scrum half was caught blocking in front of the ball carrier from the pick up. Steve Depledge kicked the penalty and Sheffield had a very well deserved lead of 3 points to nil on 8 minutes.

However, Sheffield erred at the kick off to give Peterborough a penalty of their own. They kicked to the corner for the line out from which their number 8, Sam Crooks, went over for a try wide out on the left. Peterborough converted through the centre Will Carrington, to give Peterborough a 7 point to 3 lead after 11 minutes. Sheffield got straight back on the attack, but despite creating a number of very promising positions they were unable to add to score a try. However, with 22 minutes gone were awarded a penalty which Steve Depledge converted to reduce the deficit to 6 points to 7. But as has too often been the case this season, as soon as Sheffield kick a penalty they concede a try at the other end of the field, and so it was to be so again. Sheffield gave a penalty at the kick off and Peterborough kicked to the corner once gain and from the line out scored for a second time, again wide out on the left, but on this occasion through flanker Tom Gulland. Will Carrington converted, again, and Peterborough led by 14 points to 6 after just 24 minutes

Sheffield battled hard and were justly rewarded with a try through number 8, Jonny France, after a break involving Andy Hodgson. Steve Depledge and Rupert Broadley. Unfortunately Steve Depledge couldn't convert the conversion, but Sheffield were back in the hunt at 11 points to 14 after 32 minutes. In the remaining period of the half neither side managed any kind of score. Sheffield had the best opportunity following a penalty in their favour, but at the line out on Peterborough's 5 metre, Sheffield turned the ball over and the opportunity was gone.

Sheffield began the second half well and were rewarded again after 6 minutes with a third penalty kick at goal. On this occasion the kicker was Joe Cribley and the scores were tied at 14 points all. Sheffield continued to create opportunities but with out any positive result, whilst Peterborough looked to their larger and heavier pack to drive Sheffield back. Peterborough received their reward with 14 minutes of the half gone with a penalty, which Will Carrington converted to move Peterborough back into the lead at 17 points to 14. The remainder of the match saw Sheffield have the best of both possession and territory, and the best of the referee with penalties, but without being able to trouble the score board. With full time looming, Peterborough managed to break away through their pack and once again their number 8, Sam Crooks managed to get over the Sheffield try line. Carrington was unerring accurate with the conversion and Peterborough had stolen an unlikely advantage which in the remaining period Sheffield failed to score. However, with the clock on 80 minutes it looked as if Sheffield had scored s perfectly good try out on the right, but the referee deemed there was something amiss and the try was chalked off and a valuable bonus point with it with Peterborough running out 24 point to 14.


TeamScorerType of ScoreScoreTime
SheffieldSteve Depledge (9)Penalty (1)3-0-8Minutes
PeterboroughSam Crooks (8)Try (1)3-5-11Minutes
Will Carrington (12)Conversion (1)3-7-
SheffieldSteve Depledge (9)Penalty (2)6-7-22Minutes
PeterboroughTom Gulland (7)Try (2)6-12-24Minutes
Will Carrington (12)Conversion (2)6-14-
SheffieldJonny France (8)Try (1)11-14-32Minutes
Steve Depledge (9)Missed Conversion11-14
SheffieldJoe Cribley (15)Penalty (3)14-14-46Minutes
PeterboroughWill Carrington (12)Penalty (1)14-17-54Minutes
PeterboroughSam Crooks (8)Try (3)14-24-73Minutes
Will Carrington (12)Conversion (3)14-24

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Match date

Sat 18, Feb 2017



Meet time



National League 3 Midlands

League position

Peterborough Lions