OLD MODS ROCKED BY SHEFFIELD MEDICS
Sheffield Medicals welcomed Old Modernians to Norton at the weekend. The Medics didn’t know what to expect from the travelling side in the midst of transfer speculation linking the Modernians with an ex-international rugby league star.
It was a tentative start to the game with both sides making errors and struggling for territory. The first spell of pressure that the Sheffield Medicals asserted on Modernians resulted in a try. The Medics built their attack well through the phases before centre Ben Gabbott mustered all his contact weight to crash through the defence and score under the posts. Conversion was successful by fly-half Eddy Farmer (assume from here on in that all conversions were missed on a blustery day at Norton).
The home team took control of the game after the try and kept testing the Old Mods defense. The second try came after Rob Causer pounced on a kick from Farmer. Alastair Shaw was on hand to twist and twirl his way to the line. The Medics lineout was excellent all game spoiling the opposition ball and it was a stolen lineout in the Old Mods 22 that allowed Youseff “Faroukh” Salamony to touch down in the corner after some neat interplay by the Medics three-quarters. The home team managed to seal the bonus point before the break from a first phase move off a scrum. Gabbott found himself with a clear run to the line, this time the contact weight was more of a burden and but he cleverly handed off his own captain to give himself the momentum to reach the line. 22-0 at half-time.
The Medics started the second half in the ascendancy and came close to scoring their 5th try early on with a well executed team move from the lineout; Messieurs Gabbott and Fawdry combined horribly to butcher a three-on-one with the try-line begging. Old Modernians dominated the next passage of play. Aided by poor discipline at the breakdown from the home side, Old Mods used their forward runners to good affect persistently barging over the Medics gain-line. However, the Medics defence held firm and when Matthew Clarke raced home to score from a relieving kick and chase the contest was effectively over. The home team ran in the sixth and final try after Farmer exploited a gap in the weary Modernians defensive line and released centre Michael Watters with a clear run to the line (no air hand-off necessary).
The game finished 32-0 to Sheffield Medics who will be happy to have secured a bonus point from this home fixture. Credit is due to the Old Modernians who kept pressuring the Medics in both defence and attack for the 80 minutes.
TOTM: Alex “Teflon” Fawdry
"Tab og vind med samme sind."
(Danish Proverb; roughly translates as ‘Lose and win in the same spirit’)