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1st XV - Match centre

Vipers
St Ives (Midlands)
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
Tries
O Bartlett, P Ashbridge
N Gusto, N Gusto
Conversions
P Ashbridge (2)
N Gusto
Penalties
P Ashbridge
Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

Highly motivated hosts take the spoils

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Ives wake up a little too late

After a brilliant performance the week before, there was disappointment amongst the Bulls as they started the match flat and were knocked back on their heels by a highly motivated Vipers side fighting to avoid relegation.
The game was played in a very strong wind, which made handling difficult. There were numerous errors in the opening minutes by both teams as they got to grips with the gale.
Ives opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play when Vipers strayed offside and Paul Ashbridge converted the penalty attempt.
The home side were throwing bodies into the breakdown and also spoiling Ives possession well on the floor.
A daft penalty concession after a chip through by the Vipers winger led to a lineout close to the Ives line. Vipers pounded the blue line for a full 2 ½ minutes before they finally found a gap and went over for an unconverted try.
There was no further score for 25 minutes, but Vipers had chances. But for the strong defence of Ashbridge in midfield and in particular the scrambling cover of skipper Ollie Bartlett, Ives could have fallen further behind.
With half time approaching, a no arms tackle led to a penalty in front for the hosts who took the opportunity to finish the half 8-3 up.
There was more trouble for the Bulls as totemic Duncan Williams withdrew from the action with an injury.
Whilst the score was very close, Ives realised they had to up the ante to get a foothold in the game. Unfortunately, it was Vipers who started the second period the stronger. A scrum in midfield was following by a series of forward surges, before the ball was released wide for a score in the corner. The kicker slotted a fine conversion in the conditions.
This sparked a response from St. Ives.
Having managed the breakdown much better than Ives to date, Vipers began to offend. A quickly taken penalty by John Naylor saw him dart through the retreating defence and release Ben Fleming on the wing. Fleming’s fixing of the last man and pass inside to the supporting Bartlett was top drawer. Ashbridge added the extras.
Vipers were galvanised into action and began direct running. Despite the efforts of their replacements, injuries to Josh Meadows and John Paxton reduced the firepower of the Bulls and the hosts took advantage. Driving action up front after a penalty lineout, saw them to the line, but unable to ground the ball. From the subsequent scrum, the ball was moved wide for the centre to crash over.
More pressure by the home side led to another score for Vipers out wide.
With the game apparently beyond them, Ives started to play with the accuracy that had deserted them to this point. Interplay between forwards and backs mounted sustained pressure on the home defence, which finally cracked for Ashbridge to nip through under the posts.
With only two minutes remaining, the Bulls pounded the opposition line in search of a bonus point score, but a last misplaced ball led to a turnover and Vipers gleefully cleared the ball to touch.
Skipper Bartlett spoke after the game. “There was clearly one team that wanted it more than the other today. We didn’t bring anywhere near the intensity to this match as needed. We’ll have a beer, brush ourselves down and look forward to the next match in two weeks.”

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – February: Henley Hawks RFC

Ollie Bartlett

Player of the Match

Ollie Bartlett

Key moments

8:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
13:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Vipers
37:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Vipers
49:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Vipers
50:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Vipers
51:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
52:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Vipers
66:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Vipers
72:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Vipers
77:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
78:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ollie Bartlett is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
78:00 Conversion 27 - 17
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
77:00 Try 27 - 15
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
73:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Vipers
72:00 Try 27 - 10
N. Gusto scores for Vipers
66:00 Sub On
Mitch Newman is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
66:00 Conversion 22 - 10
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Vipers
65:00 Try 20 - 10
N. Gusto scores for Vipers
60:00 Sub On
Jonny Young is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
52:00 Conversion 15 - 10
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
51:00 Try 15 - 8
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00 Conversion 15 - 3
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Vipers
49:00 Try 13 - 3
N. Gusto scores for Vipers
40:00 Sub On
Stuart Cornwell is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
37:00 Penalty 8 - 3
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Vipers
15:00 Missed Penalty
Paul Ashbridge misses a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
14:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Vipers
13:00 Try 5 - 3
N. Gusto scores for Vipers
8:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Vipers
  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • 0
  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 8:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 13:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 37:00'
  • Stuart Cornwell Sub On 40:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 49:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 50:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 51:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 52:00'
  • Jonny Young Sub On 60:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 65:00'
  • Mitch Newman Sub On 66:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 66:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 72:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 77:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 78:00'

Team selection

Paxton, John Paxton, John
Fleming, Ben Fleming, Ben
Fahey, Peter Fahey, Peter
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Brittany, Warwick Brittany, Warwick
Drake, Mickey Drake, Mickey
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Hickman, Jack Hickman, Jack
Hutchison, Andrew Hutchison, Andrew
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Newman, Tommy Newman, Tommy
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Olney 18 76
2. Market Harborough 18 71
3. St Ives (Midlands) 18 62
4. Belgrave 18 56
5. Coalville 18 55
6. Bugbrooke 18 49
7. Stewarts & Lloyds 18 39

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