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Sheffield RUFC  71  -  0  Peterborough Lions RFC

Sheffield RUFC 71 - 0 Peterborough Lions RFC

By Roger Keegan
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Sheffield cruise to a bonus point win to make it seven wins in a row and nine wins overall to stay second in the league.


Sheffield RUFC 71 - 0 Peterborough Lions RFC

Team Selection for Saturday 16th November 2019

15 George Castledine
14 Kai Ramrattan
13 Nick Marshall
12 Ben Parker
11 Jamie Flint
10 Will Hodgson
9 Steve Depledge

1 Ben Whitney
2 Michael Bradford
3 Joe Cooke
4 Dom Parsons
5 Dave Clayden
6 Tom Womack
7 Matt Adcock
8 Sean Casey
Replacements
16 Jake Hicklin
17 Angus Hughes
18 Jason Hignell

Following last week’s travels to Paviors and a very good performance to bring home both the win and a very important bonus point. The squad lost captain and centre, Lewis Bowman to injury, which saw Nick Marshall moved from right wing to centre with Kai Ramrattan coming back into the squad on the wing. Andy Hodgson dropped out of the squad with work commitments and George Castledine remained in the starting line-up at full back. Rotation in the front row continued with Jake Hicklin and Angus Hughes dropping to the bench and Ben Whitney moving up into the starting line-up with Mike Bradford, who also returned to the squad to start at hooker.

The match had to be played on the Club’s second XV pitch as a consequence of the very heavy rain that Sheffield and the surrounding area have suffered, which left the first XV pitch very wet indeed and unplayable. Sheffield kicked off and a knock on from Peterborough Lions gave Sheffield an early scrum in Peterborough Lions territory. Sheffield were then awarded a penalty at the scrum and Will Hodgson kicked to touch for a lineout on the Peterborough Lions 22-metre line. The ball was secured and spun out to the backs, and as he does, Nick Marshall scurried through the defence to score the first try after just four minutes. Will Hodgson could not add the conversion, but Sheffield led by 5 points to nil. Sheffield battled hard, but Peterborough Lions managed to repel all advances until the seventeenth minute, when following a penalty for a high tackle on Kai Ramrattan, will Hodgson kicked to touch and from the lineout from which Sheffield set up a drive by the pack from which backrow Sean Casey powered over for a second try. Will Hodgson added the conversion and Sheffield led by 12 points to nil.

Sheffield were soon back on the attack, and with a penalty at a scrum, once more kicked toward the corner. Sheffield were judged to be accidentally off-side with the drive from the lineout giving Peterborough Lions the scrum. Peterborough Lions’ attempt to clear from the base of the scrum was charged down and fly-half Will Hodson was first to the ball to score try number three after twenty-three minutes. Will failed to convert his own try, but Sheffield led by 17 points to nil. At the restart Sheffield turned the ball over to Peterborough Lions, but they managed to knock it on. Prop forward Ben Whitney secured the ball and kicked to touch for a lineout on Peterborough Lions’ 10-metre line. Peterborough Lions were then awarded a couple of penalties as Sheffield got a little too over excited, but Peterborough Lions could not make enough of the opportunity to produce a score and Sheffield were able to clear when they were awarded a penalty. Will Hodgson kicked to touch for the lineout on Peterborough Lions’ 10-metre line. Sheffield’s ball was stolen by Peterborough Lions, but Sheffield managed to get it back and soon moved it wide to where flanker Matt Adcock loitered and with another of his bullocking runs went on the score the fourth try out on the left. Will Hodgson converted and Sheffield led by 24 points to nil after thirty-one minutes. Sheffield were able to mount another attack shortly afterwards, and a yellow card for Peterborough Lions’ number 6 gave Sheffield the opportunity to kick to the corner again. Sheffield secured the ball and drove for the line again, with hooker Michael Bradford being the happy recipient of try number five. Will Hodgson missed the conversion, but Sheffield led by 29 points to nil going in at the break.

Half time saw Sheffield bring on tight head prop Jake Hicklin and allowed Joe Cooke a rest. Peterborough Lions’ kick off failed to go ten metres and Sheffield were in possession with a scrum on halfway. Sheffield broke through full back George Castledine before being forced into touch just short of Peterborough Lions’ 22-metre line. Dave Clayden stole the ball at the resulting lineout and were soon on the attack close to Peterborough Lions’ try line. Sheffield were awarded a penalty and Peterborough Lions’ fly-half was yellow carded. Sheffield elected to take the scrum from which scrum half. Steve Depledge scored try number six. Will Hodgson added the conversion and Sheffield led by 36 points to nil after 44 minutes. From the restart Peterborough Lions were awarded a penalty at the breakdown after loosing the ball. However, Peterborough Lions contrived to lose the ball back to Sheffield at the next breakdown just outside Sheffield’s 22-metre. The ball popped into the hands of Nick Marshall who once more scurried through the immediate Peterborough Lions defence before running a full seventy metres to score under the post. Will Hodgson added the conversion and the lead was out to 43 points to nil after forty-seven minutes.

PL kicked off again, the ball was secured and moments later flanker Tom Womack emerged from the melee to run fully sixty metres to score under the posts just as he was hauled down. Again, Will Hodgson added the conversion and the lead was out to 50 points to nil after forty-nine minutes. At this point we saw Sheffield bring on Angus Hughes at Hooker and Jason Hignell at flank forward. An injury to Ben Parker saw Sheffield have to rearrange things, with Matt Adcock moving to the wing, Kai Ramrattan moving to scrum half and Steve Depledge to the centre. Sheffield took quite some more time to produce a further score. Sheffield made a break from their own half through full back George Castledine, leading to Angus Hughes being forced into touch just short of the line. Peterborough Lions managed to win their ball, but knocked on and gave Sheffield a scrum close to their try line. Sheffield secured the ball but soon moved it back to their forwards for Angus Hughes to score out on the left. Will Hodgson converted and Sheffield led by 57 points to nil after fifty-nine minutes.

Sheffield were soon back on the scoring trail when Peterborough Lions had a lineout on their own five-metre line. Dave Clayden stole the ball at the lineout and crashed over for the tenth try. Will Hodgson converted yet again and the lead was out to 64 points to nil after sixty-four-minutes. Sheffield’s final try of the match came shortly afterwards, when Steve Depledge broke through the defence before handing on the Matt Adcock. The move was brought to a halt, but illegally ands Sheffield had a penalty. Will Hodgson kicked to the corner and Dave Clayden secured ball again and Sheffield drove for the line. The referee adjudged that the drive was held up over the line and Sheffield had a five-metre scrum. Kai Ramrattan broke from the back of the scrum, dummied and went over to score himself. Will Hodgson added the conversion and the lead was 71 points to nil after 70 minutes. Sheffield were straight back on the attack and looked as if they would score again, but Peterborough Lions’ defence managed to dislodge the ball as the player crossed the line. Unfortunately, the match had to be abandoned shortly afterwards, with less than five minutes to go, when referee Peter Caunt was injured close to Peterborough Lions’ try line, but Sheffield had secured a comfortable bonus point win.

By the time we reach the Christmas and New Year break, weather and opposition permitting, we will have played 14 matches, with only 5 at home and 9 of them on the road. Therefore, in the remainder of the season the remaining 12 matches will see Sheffield at home on 8 occasions and away for only 4 matches.

Scoring:-

TimeScorerType of ScoreTeamScoreScore
MinutesHomeAway
#TeamTeam
1st Half
4(13)Nick MarshallTry (1)Sheffield RUFC5-0
4+1(10)Will HodgsonMissed ConversionSheffield RUFC5-0
17(8)Sean CaseyTry (2)Sheffield RUFC10-0
17+1(10)Will HodgsonConversion (1)Sheffield RUFC12-0
24(10)Will HodgsonTry (3)Sheffield RUFC17-0
24+1(10)Will HodgsonMissed ConversionSheffield RUFC17-0
31(7)Matt AdcockTry (4)Sheffield RUFC22-0
31+1(10)Will HodgsonConversion (2)Sheffield RUFC24-0
37(2)Mike BradfordTry (5)Sheffield RUFC29-0
37+1(10)Will HodgsonMissed ConversionSheffield RUFC29-0
Half Time: -29-0
2nd Half
44(9)Steve DepledgeTry (6)Sheffield RUFC34-0
44+1(10)Will HodgsonConversion (3)Sheffield RUFC36-0
47(13)Nick MarshallTry (7)Sheffield RUFC41-0
47+1(10)Will HodgsonConversion (4)Sheffield RUFC43-0
49(6)Tom WomackTry (8)Sheffield RUFC48-0
49+1(10)Will HodgsonConversion (5)Sheffield RUFC50-0
57(17)Angus HughesTry (9)Sheffield RUFC55-0
57+1(10)Will HodgsonConversion (6)Sheffield RUFC57-0
64(5)Dave ClaydenTry (10)Sheffield RUFC62-0
64+1(10)Will HodgsonConversion (7)Sheffield RUFC64-0
70(14)Kai RamrattanTry (11)Sheffield RUFC69-0
70+1(10)Will HodgsonConversion (8)Sheffield RUFC71-0
Full Time: -71-0

Up-coming fixtures: -

Sat, 23-Nov-2019Sandbach RUFCAwayLeague2:15pm Kick-off
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Sat, 14-Dec-2019Bournville RFCHomeLeague2:15pm Kick-off
Sat, 21-Dec-2019Broadstreet RFCAwayLeague2:15pm Kick-off

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Match details

Match date

Sat 16, Nov 2019

Kickoff

14:15

Meet time

12:30

Competition

Midlands Premier

League position

2
Sheffield
14
Peterborough Lions