1st XV - Match centre

St Ives (Midlands)
Stewarts & Lloyds
P Ashbridge (2), B Robinson (2), W Brittany (3), C Williams (2), O Raine
Tries
N Gusto
P Ashbridge (9)
Conversions
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

Bulls complete ten try rout

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Fun in the sun for much-changed sides

Sunshine and the firm pitch presented ideal conditions for running rugby. With S&L suffering a club bout of the lurgy and Ives with many injury-enforced changes there was an unfamiliar look to the teams as they took to the park.
There was nothing unfamiliar about the opening exchanges, however. Ives played with the ball in hand and made steady progress upfield. Good ball retention and speed of delivery stretched the visiting defence until Paul Ashbridge espied a gap and burst through to open the scoring.
There followed S&L’s best patch of the game. For 15 minutes they kept Ives penned in their own half. Eschewing kickable penalty opportunities, they attempted to squeeze the home defence with a series of lineouts close in. Ives defence was up to the task and repelled each attack, with Matt Wood and Jack Hickman throwing themselves into the fray.
Finally breaking the siege, Ives clawed their way back upfield. A number of phases finally saw Bradley Robinson go over for the score.
From the kick off, S&L knocked the ball on. Ives were in no mood to await the whistle and an excellent transition saw Alex Henly, Ashbridge and John Paxton whip the ball across the pitch. Warwick Brittany was left with enough space to sprint in from his own half.
Ives were now playing with confidence. Only a couple of misplaced passes and knock ons prevented scores until the half hour.
With the S&L defence once again stretched, Pete Fahey thought he had been put in by Mickey Drake, only to be brought back for a forward pass. The referee had been playing a penalty advantage to Ives, and the alert Chris Williams tapped and dived over from the mark.
With the try bonus point in the bag and all tries converted, Ives defended a spirited series of drives by the visitors as the half close 28-0.
Ives began the second half as they started the first. Good ball retention and continuity between forwards and backs eventually saw Ashbridge cross for his second.
Immediately from the kick off, Ives were on the attack again. Ashbridge released tommy newman through a gap. Newman, who enjoyed a fine game in the set-piece and in the loose, sold a delightful dummy and delayed pass to put Robinson in for an easy second.
The next try was another example of a quick transition. S&L had been on the attack, but a grubber through was over-egged and the ball went dead. John Naylor was the first to react, taking a quick-22 and giving Drake space to run. Paxton was in support and surged downfield, drawing the last man and putting the ever-supporting Ollie Raine in for the try.
S&L’s pride was amply demonstrated as they continued to attack through their forwards. Another penalty was kicked to the corner setting up a maul opportunity. Time and again, they got to within inches of the Ives line, but stout defence, notably by stand-in skipper Josh Dear kept them out. After some minutes pounding in the forwards, S&L decided to spin the ball wide. It paid dividends as a slip and miss in midfield allowed the centre through for a consolation score.
The Bulls were sparked back into life and played the remainder of the game in the visitors’ half.
Dave Sharp went close after a series of pick and goes by the Ives pack, and did enough to keep the ball live for Williams to collect and go over for his second.
With ten minutes remaining, S&L threw caution to the wind and attempted to run from deep in their own half. The ball found its way to the wing only to be dropped. Brittany swept up the loose ball and cantered in unopposed.
With the game almost done, Brittany achieved his hattrick after some classy handling by Drake and Henly. With 5 metres to work in, he skipped past all attempted tackles and touched down between the sticks.
Completing a fine day with the boot, Ashbridge added his ninth conversion.
Skipper Dear was a very satisfied man after the match. “We did some really good things today and we got back on the bike really well after the disappointment of our last outing. We kept our concentration and we’ll take those things forward as we prepare for the tough match we face next weekend.”

tommy newman

Player of the Match

tommy newman

Key moments

5:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
6:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
18:00
Try Bradley Robinson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
19:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
20:00
Try Warwick Brittany scores for St Ives (Midlands)
21:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00
Try Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
45:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
46:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
47:00
Try Bradley Robinson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
55:00
Try Oliver Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
56:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Stewarts & Lloyds
64:00
Try Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00
Try Warwick Brittany scores for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
73:00
Try Warwick Brittany scores for St Ives (Midlands)
74:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
tommy newman is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
74:00 Conversion 68 - 5
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
73:00 Try 66 - 5
Warwick Brittany scores for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Conversion 61 - 5
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00 Try 59 - 5
Warwick Brittany scores for St Ives (Midlands)
66:00 Sub On
jonathan young is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00 Conversion 54 - 5
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
64:00 Try 52 - 5
Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Stewarts & Lloyds
60:00 Try 47 - 5
N. Gusto scores for Stewarts & Lloyds
60:00 Sub On
Stuart Cornwell is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
56:00 Conversion 47 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
55:00 Try 45 - 0
Oliver Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
48:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
47:00 Try 40 - 0
Bradley Robinson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
46:00 Conversion 35 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
45:00 Try 33 - 0
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
40:00 Sub On
Ben Fleming is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 28 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00 Try 26 - 0
Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
21:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
20:00 Try 19 - 0
Warwick Brittany scores for St Ives (Midlands)
19:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
18:00 Try 12 - 0
Bradley Robinson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
6:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • Stewarts & Lloyds
  • 0
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 5:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 6:00'
  • Bradley Robinson Try 18:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 19:00'
  • Warwick Brittany Try 20:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 21:00'
  • Christian Williams Try 30:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 31:00'
  • Ben Fleming Sub On 40:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 45:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 46:00'
  • Bradley Robinson Try 47:00'
  • Oliver Raine Try 55:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 56:00'
  • Stuart Cornwell Sub On 60:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 60:00'
  • Christian Williams Try 64:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 65:00'
  • jonathan young Sub On 66:00'
  • Warwick Brittany Try 69:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 70:00'
  • Warwick Brittany Try 73:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 74:00'

Team selection

Paxton, John Paxton, John
Brittany, Warwick Brittany, Warwick
Henly, Alex Henly, Alex
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Fahey, Peter Fahey, Peter
Drake, Michael Drake, Michael
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Raine, Oliver Raine, Oliver
Williams, Christian Williams, Christian
Hickman, Jack Hickman, Jack
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Robinson, Bradley Robinson, Bradley
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
newman, tommy newman, tommy
Sharp, David Sharp, David
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Olney 22 96
2. Market Harborough 22 91
3. St Ives (Midlands) 22 77
4. Belgrave 22 67
5. Coalville 22 63
6. Bugbrooke 22 60
7. Long Buckby 22 46

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