Swaffham win real thriller
Swaffham 15, Broadlands 10ON a comfortably warm and sunny autumn afternoon at North Pickenham Road, Swaffham's First XV played host to a visiting Broadlands side who had arrived with fire in their bellies and a burning desire to win.
Swaffham 15, Broadlands 10
ON a comfortably warm and sunny autumn afternoon at North Pickenham Road, Swaffham's First XV played host to a visiting Broadlands side who had arrived with fire in their bellies and a burning desire to win.
The first half of the game was dominated by the Swaffham lads, with the first try of the game coming from a yellow scrum. Rich Morrisey released the ball to a classic run of passes across the park, culminating in the lightning feet of Chris Owens tearing up the opposite touchline for a spectacular sliding try and five points securely on the board.
Sadly, this try was unconverted, and Morrisey's usually reliable boots failed to find their kicking form all afternoon.
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As the afternoon progressed, Swaffham found themselves driven back into their own half by a determined Broadlands, however a series of strategic kicks for touch followed by stolen line-outs saw the home side slowly claw back their territory and drive the game back into scoring territory again.
One final powerful drive following another stolen line-out saw John Chamberlain grounding the ball for a second try, giving Swaffham a comfortable 10-point lead just in time for the half-time whistle.
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Or so they thought...
The second half saw Swaffham lose their way a little, as errors and silly mistakes crept into their game, giving Broadlands the advantage they so desperately needed. A penalty gave them the opportunity to kick at goal, adding the first Blue points to board and bringing the score to 10-3.
Swaffham were keen to show that they still had a trick or two up their sleeves, and took advantage of their superior strength and weight by establishing a rolling maul along the touchline, driving the Broadlands pack back over the scoreline where the ball was grounded for Swaffham's third try of the game.
With the scoreline at 15-3, and Swaffham's position as the strongest team on the pitch firmly established, Broadlands decided the time was right to switch tactics.
They knew they would never win in a contest of strength, but explosive bursts of speed definitely seemed to be working for them, so after a few player changes to introduce their racing whippets to the game.
In the final five minutes of the game, they unleashed their new secret weapon and streaked home to land a try directly below the posts, which was easily converted to close the score difference to a mere five points.
Swaffham's defence reacted quickly to this shocking new turn of events and managed to hold off the attacking visitors until the end of the game, giving a final score of 15-10, and a game to remember.
Next week the firsts will again be at home, this time to Norwich in a friendly, while the seconds travel to local rivals Dereham for another friendly game.