Sat 03
West Park Leeds
First XV
West Park Leeds 8 - 14 Sheffield Medicals

West Park Leeds 8 - 14 Sheffield Medicals

By Alex Fawdry
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By Ted Farmer

After being pursued by a particularly anal traffic warden at the morning meet, the medics embarked on their way to the reputed facilities of West Park Leeds (WPL). Conditions were called “perfect” by popular medics twitter, M.C Watters, on a day that he described as “overcast and still”.

So into a low glaring afternoon soon, with a strong breeze blowing across the pitch, the game commenced. The home side started strong and exerted early pressure on the visitors. Like a blind man in an orgy, the medics would have to feel their way into this encounter. Strong defence and good tactical kicking gave medics a platform to attack in the WPL half. A well executed backs move created a hole which Rob “S**t-Twin” Conville to exploited. A delicately weighted grubber kick past the full back (could’ve passed it) from Conville was pounced on by “High Tops” Slater to score his second try in successive games. A tricky conversion from out wide in the aforementioned breeze was missed by Ted, “The Graduate”. Medics built on this lead with a penalty to make the score 0-8.

The game was still very much in the balance, however, and a strong passage of play from resulted in a try for the WPL full-back. Conversion missed. The first half was dominated by strong defence and errors from both sides. The only other score came from a 38.5 yard penalty by the medics’ kicker on the stroke of half time. 5-11 to the Medics.
The home side struck first after the half time break with a penalty to peg the score back to 8-11. Once again though, defence was at the forefront throughout the second half. Number 8 Matty Clarke’s constant whinging provided the soundtrack. The Medics were camped in the WPL half for a long time, but were only able to come away with another penalty taking the score to 8-14. Then with 10 minutes left to play, substitute prop Marcin the Pole was sent to the sin bin for a malicious open-fisted push to the chest. The home side gained momentum from this and took the attack to the Medics. Body-on-the-line defence from Ben Gabbott left him with whiplash. Seeking comfort on the ground Ben asked the physio, “how’s the other guy?” He was fine, Ben. Despite making it to the Medics 5 metre line, the home side could not cross the whitewash. The medics managed to see out the game with the final score at 8-14.

MOTM: Rambo; stalwart second row performance.
TOTM: Causer; obviously wasn’t paying enough attention during 2-on-1 training.
Anti-SOTM: Tris Jones; ouch.
STAT OF THE MATCH (sponsored by the Holiday Inn Sheffield. Stay you.)
Conville’s grubber success rate: 33%

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Sat 03, Nov 2012




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