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1st XV - Match centre

St. Ives RFC
Thorney
B Fleming (4), A Henly, O Bartlett (2), W Brittany (2), M Drake, J Webb (2), T Newman
Tries
N Gusto
M Drake (4), M Newman (3)
Conversions
N Gusto
Penalties
N Gusto
Sat 23 Feb 13:30 - Cup Full time

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Game Thorney side brushed aside in second half demolition

With ten first XV regulars unavailable, this was an opportunity for St. Ives to test the progression of many who have been shining for the 2nd team. Thorney, who play two levels below the Bulls, were expecting a tough day at the office in this H&P Cup semi-final and faced with their own problems due to injuries stuck to their task scoring the opening and closing points of the match.
The Bulls were facing slope, sun and slight breeze in the first half and were guilty of a slow start. Two penalties in quick succession offered the visitors the chance for points, only the second being converted.
St. Ives were shaken out of their lethargy and began to put pressure on the opposition. A sweet training ground move following a lineout saw Ben Fleming just manage to dot the ball down by the corner flag before being bundled into touch.
There then followed twenty minutes of a very even contest. Thorney attempted to use the recent England tactics and kicked often, but the Ives back three were equal to the challenge.
Following a quickly taken penalty, good hands saw the Ives surge upfield, Alex Henly finishing off a fine team try.
Henly was instantly in the action from the kick off and blasted through the visitors’ defence, drawing the full back and putting his supporting skipper Ollie Bartlett through to score.
Thorney had the opportunity to narrow the gap, but another penalty attempt fell short. Ives cleared their lines, but Thorney had their best period of sustained pressure of the game. Only sound defence kept them at bay until Josh Meadows pounced on a ball which went to ground. He sprinted upfield and put Fleming away for his second.
Half time 22-3
The second half saw a series of superb interventions by winger Warwick Brittany. The first saw him field another kick over and make his way from his own 22 to that of the opposition. He steadied himself and put the supporting Fleming in for his hattrick.
A few minutes later, Brittany was the beneficiary as sweet hands saw him score. Jack Hickman rose high to steal an opposition lineout and the midfield of Mickey Drake, John Paxton and Henly saw Brittany with space. He rounded his opposite number to score.
Thorney understandably began to wilt in the heat and the Bulls piled on the pressure. Up front, Dave Sharp, Tommy Newman and Josh Dear were having things mostly their own way and providing good set piece possession.
From one scrum, a series of phases and great continuity ended with Drake executing a delightful chip and catch to score under the posts.
From the kick off, Meadows fed Bartlett who breached the onrushing defence. Paxton was in close support, then feeding Jack Webb who sold an outrageous dummy to create a gap to score.
From the next attack, a chip through saw Bartlett gather and score his second.
The bulls were in no mood to take their feet of the gas and continued to attack. A penalty was kicked to touch. From the lineout, the Ives drove their opposition back, with Tommy Newman the man to touch down.
Brittany was again in the action and broke the gain line to sprint downfield. Webb was once more in support and went over for his own second try.
With his lungs bursting after his endeavours, Brittany fielded the ball in his own 22. With the opposition now fragmented he ran hither and thither the entire length of the field to score a fine individual try.
Ives final try was also an individual affair. Fleming found himself in his own half and spotted acres of space downfield. He kicked over the top, chased his own effort and gathered to score his fourth try of the match.
With the arbiter looking at his watch and wondering when he could get his sustenance in the Clubhouse, Thorney showed great spirit to mount a final attack. Winning a 5-metre scrum, they kept possession until the ball was dotted down for a deserved try.
Ives kicking duties were shared amongst Henly, Drake and Mitch Newman. Just over half of the 13 tries were successfully converted.
When asked to what he put his day’s success down to, winger Fleming commented, “Well Ash wasn’t here, was he?” Whether that inspired him to make up for the fewer conversions with more tries, only he can say…..

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Ben Fleming

Player of the Match

Ben Fleming

Key moments

5:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Thorney
8:00
Try Ben Fleming scores for St. Ives RFC
27:00
Try Alex Henly scores for St. Ives RFC
29:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St. Ives RFC
30:00
Conversion Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
36:00
Try Ben Fleming scores for St. Ives RFC
43:00
Try Ben Fleming scores for St. Ives RFC
49:00
Try Warwick Brittany scores for St. Ives RFC
50:00
Conversion Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
53:00
Try Mickey Drake scores for St. Ives RFC
54:00
Conversion Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
55:00
Try Jack Webb scores for St. Ives RFC
59:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St. Ives RFC
60:00
Conversion Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
63:00
Try Tommy Newman scores for St. Ives RFC
64:00
Conversion Mitchell Newman kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
66:00
Try Jack Webb scores for St. Ives RFC
69:00
Try Warwick Brittany scores for St. Ives RFC
70:00
Conversion Mitchell Newman kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
75:00
Try Ben Fleming scores for St. Ives RFC
76:00
Conversion Mitchell Newman kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
79:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Thorney
79:50
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Thorney

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Fleming is awarded player of the match for St. Ives RFC
79:50 Conversion 79 - 10
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Thorney
79:00 Try 79 - 8
N. Gusto scores for Thorney
76:00 Conversion 79 - 3
Mitchell Newman kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
75:00 Try 77 - 3
Ben Fleming scores for St. Ives RFC
70:00 Sub On
Graeme Stubbington is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
70:00 Conversion 72 - 3
Mitchell Newman kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
69:00 Try 70 - 3
Warwick Brittany scores for St. Ives RFC
67:00 Missed Conversion
Mitchell Newman misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
66:00 Try 65 - 3
Jack Webb scores for St. Ives RFC
64:00 Conversion 60 - 3
Mitchell Newman kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
63:00 Try 58 - 3
Tommy Newman scores for St. Ives RFC
60:00 Conversion 53 - 3
Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
59:00 Try 51 - 3
Ollie Bartlett scores for St. Ives RFC
56:00 Missed Conversion
Alex Henly misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
55:00 Sub On
Christian Williams is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
55:00 Try 46 - 3
Jack Webb scores for St. Ives RFC
54:00 Conversion 41 - 3
Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
53:00 Try 39 - 3
Mickey Drake scores for St. Ives RFC
50:00 Conversion 34 - 3
Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
49:00 Try 32 - 3
Warwick Brittany scores for St. Ives RFC
44:00 Missed Conversion
Mickey Drake misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
43:00 Try 27 - 3
Ben Fleming scores for St. Ives RFC
40:00 Sub On
Gabriel Edwards is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
40:00 Sub On
Jack Webb is substituted on for St. Ives RFC
End of period 1
37:00 Missed Conversion
Mickey Drake misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
36:00 Try 22 - 3
Ben Fleming scores for St. Ives RFC
33:00 Missed Penalty
N. Gusto misses a penalty for Thorney
30:00 Conversion 17 - 3
Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St. Ives RFC
29:00 Try 15 - 3
Ollie Bartlett scores for St. Ives RFC
28:00 Missed Conversion
Alex Henly misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
27:00 Try 10 - 3
Alex Henly scores for St. Ives RFC
9:00 Missed Conversion
Alex Henly misses a conversion for St. Ives RFC
8:00 Try 5 - 3
Ben Fleming scores for St. Ives RFC
5:00 Penalty 0 - 3
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Thorney
3:00 Missed Penalty
N. Gusto misses a penalty for Thorney
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As it happened

  • St. Ives RFC
  • Thorney
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  • N. Gusto Penalty 5:00'
  • Ben Fleming Try 8:00'
  • Alex Henly Try 27:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 29:00'
  • Mickey Drake Conversion 30:00'
  • Ben Fleming Try 36:00'
  • Jack Webb Sub On 40:00'
  • Gabriel Edwards Sub On 40:00'
  • Ben Fleming Try 43:00'
  • Warwick Brittany Try 49:00'
  • Mickey Drake Conversion 50:00'
  • Mickey Drake Try 53:00'
  • Mickey Drake Conversion 54:00'
  • Jack Webb Try 55:00'
  • Christian Williams Sub On 55:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 59:00'
  • Mickey Drake Conversion 60:00'
  • Tommy Newman Try 63:00'
  • Mitchell Newman Conversion 64:00'
  • Jack Webb Try 66:00'
  • Warwick Brittany Try 69:00'
  • Graeme Stubbington Sub On 70:00'
  • Mitchell Newman Conversion 70:00'
  • Ben Fleming Try 75:00'
  • Mitchell Newman Conversion 76:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 79:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 79:50'

Team selection

Newman, Mitchell Newman, Mitchell
Fleming, Ben Fleming, Ben
Henly, Alex Henly, Alex
Paxton, John Paxton, John
Brittany, Warwick Brittany, Warwick
Drake, Mickey Drake, Mickey
Dale, Gregory Dale, Gregory
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Cornwell, Stuart Cornwell, Stuart
Hickman, Jack Hickman, Jack
Robinson, Bradley Robinson, Bradley
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Newman, Tommy Newman, Tommy
Sharp, David Sharp, David
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