Sat 08
First XV
Sheffield Medicals 47 - 10 Castleford

Sheffield Medicals 47 - 10 Castleford

By Alex Fawdry
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By George London

After a weekend off and some weather-disrupted preparations, Sheffield Medicals returned to a decidedly chilly Norton, looking to get back to winning ways against Yorkshire 2 basement dwellers Castleford.
Castleford came into the game without a win thus far in the league, and whether it was complacency or just rustiness, the Medics started the game slowly. Although dominating possession and territory, the students found it difficult to break down a Castleford defence that could fairly be described as “physical” (just ask Watters or Flinty).
Several early visits to the Castleford 22 yielded only 9 points from the unerring boot of scrum-half/acoustic r&b sensation Ted Farmer. Castleford responded with a penalty of their own, and student dreams of being able to put the game to bed after 30 minutes seemed very much on ice.
Though Castleford offered little to trouble an organised Medics defence, their propensity for engaging the students with robust verbal and physical “Northern banter” had succeeded in distracting the Medics from actually playing much rugby, at least until Andrew “High-Tops” Slater cut an excellent line to score under the posts just before half-time.
Coach Green’s halftime team-talk evidently sparked the students into playing the structured game that has brought success in previous outings, and an excellent series of set plays saw Farmer go over in the corner. Soon after, the Castleford line was again broached, George Cusworth burrowing over after an impressive driving maul from a Medics lineout. It must be said that he was ably assisted in the scoring of his try by his strikingly handsome back-row companion, George London, who prominently features in the Club Sport naked calendar – now available in the Union shop, priced at a very reasonable £5.
With the students now cutting loose, the opportunities to score became increasingly common. Perhaps the best chance fell to prop Tom Dobree, who chose an excellent line and found himself through clean, with only the full-back to beat. Despite a plethora of supporting Medics, Dobree decided that the best option was attempting to step the full-back. Providing conclusive proof that props should never touch the ball during games, the “sidestep” ended with an untouched Dobree on the floor and a very strong case for TOTM.
After this brief period of dominance, Medics were probably guilty of taking their foot off the gas, and a mix of poor discipline and soft defence saw Castleford's centre bulldoze over for their only try of the match.
Roared on by a crowd of “literally several” very cold and mostly hungover people, the Medics struck back through well-taken tries from captain fantastic Alex Fawdry, Ben Gabbott and Rob Conville to seal the game and make the final score a very healthy 47-10.
Although not mistake-free, the promising second half performance hopefully augers well for the Medics one remaining game before a well-deserved Christmas break. Some extra festive contact weight would certainly not go amiss amongst the backs.

MOTM - Ted Farmer
TOTM - Tom Dobree
SOTM - Twatface

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Sat 08, Dec 2012




Yorkshire 2