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Bridgnorth
Sheffield
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands Premier Full time

Bridgenorth RFC 42 - 8 Sheffield RUFC

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Sheffield find little hospitality in the South West as Sheffield’s scratch team are beaten on the road

Bridgnorth RFC 42 - 8 Sheffield RUFC

Team Selection for Saturday, 13th April 2019

15 Danny Williams
14 Rupert Broadley
13 James Flint
12 Ben Parker
11 Ali Womack
10 Will Hodgson
9 Elliot Fisher

1 Tommy Marples
2 Michael Bradford
3 Joe Cooke
4 Dave Clayden
5 Dom Parsons
6 Conor Mullaney
7 Tom Womack
8 Jason Hignell
Replacements
16 Rob Holland
17 James Hall
18 Kareem Eissa

Sheffield’s injury woes, which began way back in early march with the injuries sustained away to Nuneaton and which came brutally to the forefront for the long trip to Bridgnorth this weekend. The list of players either injured or unavailable for this match almost makes a team on its own, primarily including:-

Ben WhitneyProp forwardInjured
Dan RylanceProp forwardInjured
Ianto JonesHookerInjured
Angus HughesBack-RowUnavailable
Sean CaseyBack RowUnavailable
Steve DepledgeScrum HalfInjured
Matt LawFly halfInjured
Lewis BowmanCentreInjured
Jack HedleyWingUnavailable
Andy HodgsonFull backUnavailable
Jack HawleySecond rowUnavailable

There are others. So, for this match the coaching staff have had to dig deep and have called on a number of our colts to take on the mantle of first team rugby, welcome to Conor Mullaney, James Hall and Kareem Eissa. Additionally, our thanks go to old stalwarts Tommy Marples and Ron Holland.

On the first day of the season, Sheffield entertained Bridgnorth, coming out with a narrow, 18 point to 13 win. This match was always going to be a very tough encounter whatever team we were able to turn out. Sheffield began the match extremely well and were able to points on the board after just six minutes, when Sheffield were awarded a penalty just outside Bridgnorth’s 22-metre. Ben Parker converted and Sheffield led by 3 points to nil. Sheffield continued to have the better of the exchanges, but Bridgnorth’s defence was ferocious and kept Sheffield at bay until the fourteenth minute, when centre James Flint went over out on the left to score the first try. Unfortunately, Ben Parker’s conversion attempt went wide, but Sheffield led by 8 points to nil. Sheffield remained in control of events until we were almost three-quarters of our way through the first-half. Sheffield lost the services of both fly-half, Will Hodgson and scrum half Elliot Fisher to injury. Then when a kick to touch by Sheffield, from a penalty, failed to find touch and Bridgnorth came back strongly, gaining a couple of penalties of their own and Bridgnorth hooker Luis Evitt scored under the Sheffield Posts. An incident in the scoring of the try saw Sheffield’s Tommy Marples and Bridgnorth’s Callum Madden both on their way to the sin bin. Bridgnorth converted through Llewelyn Williams and the score was 7 points to 8 after 29 minutes. Strangely, Sheffield were awarded a penalty at the restart, with Ben Parker kicking to touch. What followed over the next few minutes can only be described as truly perverse. Bridgnorth secured the ball and began an attack down the right side of the field. However, they also managed to knock on several times, and include a few forward passes, which all went unnoticed, and after a kick forward to Sheffield’s 22-metre, Conor Mullaney found himself on his way to the sin bin. Bridgnorth scored their second try a minute or so later, once again through hooker Luis Evitt. Again, Llewelyn Williams added the conversion and Bridgnorth led by 14 points to 8 after 35 minutes. With time in the half running out, Sheffield had a penalty, but once again the kick to touch was missed and Bridgnorth set of on the attack. Sheffield secured yet another penalty, but again the kick went astray and Bridgnorth took full advantage with prop forward Jonah Boyce becoming the third try scorer, and with Llewelyn Williams adding the conversion, Bridgnorth led by 21 points to 8 at the interval.

The second half almost saw Sheffield get on the scoreboard again. Bridgnorth mounted an attack and as the ball went right, flanker Tom Womack intercepted and sped upfield. Unfortunately, as he reached the last defender, his off-load missed its target and the ball went harmlessly into touch. Bridgnorth secured the lineout ball and Sheffield’s defence went walkabout and left-wing Ted Parker scored the fourth try for Bridgnorth. Llewelyn Williams was unerringly accurate again to move the lead out to 28 points to 8 after forty-three minutes. Sheffield held the line again until we were in the last quarter. Sheffield secured a penalty after a break out by James Flint, supported by Tom Womack, but a feature of Sheffield game came to hurt us once more. The kick to touch was missed again and Bridgnorth broke out through replacement Jordan Burgess, who went nearly the whole length of the pitch before scoring. Llewelyn Williams added the conversion and Bridgnorth’s lead was 35 points to 8 after sixty-two minutes. The final try came from a further Sheffield attack, when the ball was lost in an attempted off-load and Bridgnorth were able to mount another attack from the turnover for Llewelyn Williams to score. He converted his own try and Bridgnorth led by 42 points to 8 after sixty-eight minutes. Sheffield spent much of the last ten minutes camped in Bridgnorth’s 22-metre, much of it on the 5-metre, but could just could not get over to score. Then with time almost gone and Bridgnorth on the attack, Bridgnorth knocked-on. Rupert Broadley picked up and went off like a rocket, but with the line only yards away, Bridgnorth managed to get back and ankle tap him, he recovered, but the defence was now back in force and the opportunity came to nothing and the match came to an end. Sheffield had battled hard and everyone had put everything they could into their efforts, and ultimately, the score does not truly reflect the overall passage of play in the match, but Bridgnorth had fully taken every opportunity they had been given.

Up-coming fixtures:-

Wed, 17-Apr-2019Sandal RUFCAway @ MorleyYorkshire Cup Final7:30pm kick off
Sat, 20-Apr-2019Sandbach RUFCHomeLeague3:00pm kick off

Team selection

Williams, Danny Williams, Danny
Broadley, Rupert Broadley, Rupert
Flint, James Flint, James
Parker, Ben Parker, Ben
Womack, Alistair Womack, Alistair
Hodgson, Will Hodgson, Will
Fisher, Elliot Fisher, Elliot
Hignell, Jason Hignell, Jason
Womack, Tom Womack, Tom
Mullaney, Conor Mullaney, Conor
Parsons, Dominic Parsons, Dominic
Clayden, Dave Clayden, Dave
Cooke, Joe Cooke, Joe
Bradford, Michael Bradford, Michael
Marples, Tommy Marples, Tommy

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Scunthorpe 26 102
2. Luctonians 26 101
3. Newport (Salop) 26 95
4. Broadstreet 26 84
5. Bridgnorth 26 83
6. Sheffield 26 66
7. Burton 26 62

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