Sat 23
First XV


By Alex Fawdry
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By Yay Mac

Despite the fortnight that had passed, the defeat against Hullensians was still prominent in the minds of all those who travelled up for a face off with Leodiensians. In addition to this was the mental torment of having to play against a beloved and only recently departed member of the club - certain Ted Farmer (the man was my idol for Christ’s sake!). But once arrived, it was straight down to business as both teams warmed up, bathed in quintessential autumnal sunshine.

It was imperative that Medics explode out of the blocks as this had been a shortcoming of late, but Leo’s looked equally fired up. However, with some impressive defending and accuracy from the Conville boot, Medics were immediately down in the Leo’s 22. A textbook catch and drive saw Shmeds touch down in the corner, showing they were out for blood within the first few minutes. Shaken after getting shoved about by some spotty upstarts, Leo’s got back into the game as both teams exchanged possession and territory. A Leo’s scrum was nearly pushed over for a try but some scramble defence kept them out. Their hard work was finally rewarded when Leo’s 6 took advantage of an unprotected inside shoulder and broke through to score. Ted duly stepped up and added the extras to put Shmeds 5-7 down. With this kick up the ass, Sheffield bounced back and looked the more likely team to score for the rest of the second half. Poor kick-chases for Leo’s left acres of space for ‘unay-by-trade-but-shmed-by-heart’ Hodgey to mount dangerous counter-attacks from the back. Some neat interplay between him and Hi Tops put Shmeds in a threatening position in the Leo’s 22 just before the half-time oranges. Off the back of a maul, the backs ran a textbook play opening up the centres like a fresher’s legs at the sight of a Medics hoody. Hi Tops carved gracefully under the posts, despite protestations that ‘there was a whole there’. Yeah. That’s a well-executed backs move chap… 12-7 at half time.

Soon after the action restarted, Medics found themselves back down in the Leo’s 22 with a penalty after some more useful touch finders from DRO8 CON. The ball looked good but dipped and hit the crossbar, letting Jmac get his garlicky mits on it to touch down but the ref deemed it a knock on. Riled by this injustice, Shmeds piled on the pressure and scored an undeniable try in corner as Fadwary barrelled over. Extras missed; 17-7. Medics then seemed to take their foot off the gas after such a promising start to the second half. Both sides started to open up and had their chances to score but good scramble defence from both sides kept the scoreboard stationary. However, Sheffield started to look tired and after Leo’s turned over a scrum in the middle of the park, they spread it wide to score in the corner. This left Ted with a tricky conversion which he kindly missed (cheque’s in the post mate) leaving the score at 17-12 to Sheffield. Suddenly, the loss to Hullensians was in everyone’s mind but determined not to let it happen again, Medics threw everything into keeping out a Leo’s team that had their tails up, especially the forwards who absorbed everything they threw at them. This defence did result in Bobby Causer getting some chiropractic treatment from a Leo’s centre and Hodgey taking a two-footed challenge to the back, but battered and bruised, Medics held out until the final whistle. A dogged and physical away victory that was Leo’s first home defeat of the season.

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Sat 23, Nov 2013




Yorkshire 2