Back to winning ways
Strong physical game in the mud
Written by Richard Staniforth
Checked by Gaz Morgan
We welcomed Paviors to Kelham Road after they agreed to a fixture at short notice earlier in the week, when our scheduled opposition, Doncaster, cancelled due to Yorkshire cup commitments
Paviors have not been regular opponents for a number of seasons, so we were unsure what to expect. What we did know was that we wanted to get back to winning ways after two defeats in our post-Christmas games.
Although the weather was perfect for rugby, conditions under foot were very soft after the recent rain and we knew it would take it out on the boys physically.
The game started with both sides showing plenty of commitment and determination. The tackling from both sides was first class, with hardly any first tackles being missed. We knew then that we would have to be smart to break down their defence.
Eventually William S was able to make a half break and fed to Matthew. The ball was played out to the wing, where Toby took a great decision and cut inside and managed to force his way over.
The great tackling from both sides continued and few gaps appeared. Eventually Paviors dropped the ball in midfield, Max managed to superbly pick it up and put a deft pass away to Ben T who then fed Toby, who was able to show his speed and powerfully go in at the corner.
The forward battle was becoming evenly matched. There was strong runs put in by Ethan, Johnno and others who were tackled well. The backs though felt they had the edge and this was demonstrated again when the ball was yet again stolen after a mistake, fed down the line and JP finished off well coming in from full back.
Paviors did not stop pressing and eventually their big full back was put clear after some good hands, only to be tackled by JP just short of the line, with what was probably our tackle of the season so far.
3- 0 at the break
The second third started in much the same manner as the first – good forward battle and great tackling.
We were then awarded a penalty on the 22 and quick simple passing saw us go over again.
We then scored our best try of the game, when after some very quick hands, the ball was fed out to Declan, who showed his strength and pace to finish from 40 meters.
The physicality of the game soon started to show, as Paviors had three boys injured in quick succession after taking some heavy hits. This left the game moving to uncontested scrums for the remainder of the match
The score did not really reflect the way that Paviors had been playing and they fought back hard. They managed to score when after a strong break that left us out of position defensively, they touched down under the posts.
5-1 at the end of the second third.
We became under pressure straight away at the start of the final third, and as some of the boys started to tire and become in disciplined, we lost our shape in defence. Paviors capitalised on this and scored three tries in succession. The first when their big full back ran in from deep, the second to a penalty try after a high tackle and the third when gaps opened up in our defensive line and they went in through the middle.
From looking comfortable we were now in danger of throwing the game away. With five minutes to go the boys upped their defensive work and kept Paviors at bay. With two minutes to go, William S was able to make a great break down the blind side from a scrum and fed Ben T who was able to get in at the corner.
The game now looked safe but that did not stop Paviors still pressing and the game ended with us scrambling the ball away into touch as we defended our own line.
Final score 6-4
This was a great game of rugby with some real passion and commitment, not least in the tackling, showed by both sides. We managed to take the win but it was a close thing
MOM went to JP for his great running, tackles and general work rate.