Swaffham gallop to win at Newmarket
Newmarket U15 10, Swaffham U15 28ON the morning the clocks went forward, Swaffham U15 travelled to Newmarket with another small rugby squad numbering only 15.
Newmarket U15 10, Swaffham U15 28
ON the morning the clocks went forward, Swaffham U15 travelled to Newmarket with another small rugby squad numbering only 15.
Other squad members were away, injured or unable to do another late kick-off.
Newmarket was sunny but very windy and Swaffham started the match kicking down the pronounced hill and with the wind to their backs. The kick-chase was good and the pressure set up by the pack initially started to dictate the game.
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Swaffham moved the ball between a number of players and created a ruck within 10 metres of the try line. Jones at scrum half for the morning fed Sharky who ghosted thought a hole which appeared in the drift defence and offloaded to Hooper metres from the line.
Newmarket scrambled well but Midcent was on hand for his first try of the day. Sharky added the extras.
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The pressure continued with the forwards controlling the initial contacts but Newmarket were able to counter ruck and turn the ball over a number of times which gives the Gold and Black boys something to work on at training.
However, once the ball was secured Swaffham identified space and were unlucky to see a smart grubber kick run dead with two chasers only inches away.
The next passage of play saw Midcent released by a good offload from Wright who had stripped the ball at a maul. He crashed over under the posts for another simple kick for Sharky.
Just before half time Clarky was sent to the bin for an outside offence which had tested the referee's patience.
Newmarket then got their tails up and after the restart scored a forwards try following a series of penalties. The kick was missed.
They continued to pressure from the restart and this time it was Swaffham's turn to scramble defence. With Clarky back on the pitch some excellent counter rucking from the pack turned the ball over on Swaffham's try line.
Instead of kicking and clearing the pressure the ball was moved through the hands and given to Clarky who from behind his own line sidestepped a would-be tackler and raced the length of the pitch to score under the posts. Sharky added the conversion.
The last try of the match again came from excellent work at a maul from the back row of Adcock, Brown and Wright which set up two quick rucks which Potter, Manley and Peate smashed up the pitch and sucked in the defence.
Jones fired the ball out to Wood on the wing who set another ruck and this time the ball was moved through the whole back line for Midcent to cross for his hat-trick.
With a number of players having to play out of position mention must go to Wood and Elliott who played on the wing and didn't miss a tackle and offloaded and made a nuisance of themselves all morning.
The pack of Potter, Manley, Peate, Thompson, Leek, Brown, Adcock and Wright competed for the ball at every opportunity. Jones and Milligan at half backs identified space and controlled things well in attack.
Hooper and Midcent were direct, aggressive and very effective all morning and marshalling the defence from full back Clarky had another stand out game.
The Impsons Butchers man-of-the-match went to Midcent for a hat-trick of tries but also for an aggressive game in both attack and defence. Again huge thanks for the travelling support.