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Sheffield Medicals 52 - 13 Northallerton

Sheffield Medicals 52 - 13 Northallerton

By Matthew Clark
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Clinical Medics put Half a Ton on Northallerton

Old Boys Weekend. What more needs to be said. Every Man of Sheffield,
past and present looks forward to the peaks, but dreads the inevitable
troughs. After an early meet, a successful AGM and one of the best Old
Boys games to have been played the First XV retired to the changing
room, desperate to put on a show for the crowd.

After a good warm-up and a few last words in the changing rooms the
Medics jogged onto the pitch with the final instructions of 'Intensity
& Discipline' ringing in their ears. To their credit, that is exactly
what was delivered over the following 80 minutes, in a much improved
performance from the disappointing, even devastating, loss to Old Mods
in the last minute the previous week.

Rob 'FTR' Conville got the game under way with a high drop kick. A
good chase from the Medics pack resulted in a turn over. Good intent
in attack was shown from the off, although North' managed to snuff out
the immediate danger. However, it was not long before the Medics found
themselves with a lineout in good field position. A great throw and
take (credit to Lewi and Piggot) resulted in safe ball and the
forwards did their thing - resulting in a try for Henry 'The Eyes'
Wyse (his first for the 1sts - well done Eyes!). J-Mac stepped up and
slotted a tricky conversion from near the sideline. 7-0.

The crowd didn't have long to wait for the next score, as Sheffield's
tallest man (with the smallest finger) found himself on the ball on
the opposition 10 with a broken defence in front of him. Strong
running resulted in a broken tackle, and a cheeky step at the end beat
the North' 15. Result - try under the posts for Tom Piggot, conversion
from J Mac. 14-0.

After a good kick off from North' which the Medics failed to deal with
properly they found themselves defending in their own 22. Good work
form the forwards resulted in a turnover. Quick thinking FTR saw no
one home and put in a good kick. The resulting chase was excellent,
with J Mac getting there first. Despite a blatant knock on, play was
allowed to continue and a good offload to Blackwell meant another
score to the Medics. Conversion missed - 19-0.

To their credit North' didn't give up and after some good work in the
Medics 22 they managed to power over for a try from the forwards. The
conversion was missed, but a penalty for an infringement in the ruck
(probably Ali) meant their tally rose to 8. The Medics bounced back
well, and good phase play meant space was created out wide. The ball
was shipped to Pete Goodwin who beat two players to score his first,
and secure the bonus point. Another good kick from J-Mac saw the score
rise to 26-8. Medics managed one more unconverted try through Alex
Fawdry before half time to increase their lead to 31-8.

The second half saw the Medics backs attacking with some intent,
running form deep and at pace. Goodwin cut a strong line to score his
second, with J-Mac adding the extras. 38-8. North' rallied, and after
some sustained pressure were awarded a scrum on the Medics five. A
classic Yorkshore pushover try followed, again unconverted, to make
the score 38-13.

From here the Medic's turned the screw, with Player of the Season
Conville scoring a good solo effort, stepping a man and sprinting to
the line. Goodwin then completed his hat-trick running a huge line off
the shoulder of Gaynor. Both tries were converted - final score 52-13.

This was a much more accomplished performance from the Medics who were
switched on from the off, and it provides a good platform for the
crunch away game at Roundhegians on Saturday. Let's train hard this
week and really put in the performance this weekend to get ourselves
top of the table again!

MOTM - Pete Goodwin
SOTM - Ali Shaw (for some crazy judo-flip on the North' winger)
TOTM - Chris Jones (TWAT!)

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Match date

Sat 10, Mar 2012



Meet time



Yorkshire Division Three