B-GY impress in fine away victory

Lakenham Hewett 3, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 41

Broadland-Great Yarmouth secured an emphatic away win with an impressive performance and their most comprehensive victory in 18 months against Lakenham Hewett last Saturday.

Managing to beat poor weather for the second week in a row, Broadland surged into an early lead when number eight Adam Towfighi crashed over the line (converted).

Broadland continued to pile the pressure on Lakenham with good running from backs Liam Howlett and Tom Weston causing constant trouble. But several handling errors prevented further scores.

Eventually the pressure told and quick hands from Anthony Payne allowed winger Joe Payne to score in the corner (unconverted).

Slowly Lakenham edged their way back in to the game, and after missing one penalty they converted their second to go into half-time down 12-3.

The second half begun with Broadland’s forwards making large inroads in the Lakenham defence, with second rows Asa Morrison and James Fogg particularly destructive. After sustained pressure hooker Rye Bilyard broke through and stormed over the line.

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This was the beginning of a dominant second half for Broadland. Rian Gallie and Ed Dixon continued to run the ball straight at Lakenham, and after Bilyard kicked into the corner he collected an errant throw from the line-out to dive over for his second try (unconverted).

Lakenham were unable to answer the sustained pressure from Broadland. Simon Ruddick went down the blind side and put Jamie Williamson into space. After breaking several tackles he ran in under the posts (converted).

After a brief spell of Lakenham possession centre Sam Noon broke into the backfield, ably supported by scrum half Philip Buckley who spread the ball quickly to flanker Richard Ruddick who went through the gap to score (unconverted).

Broadland’s last try came from Chris Hewitt stealing ball and feeding Adam Towfighi, who beat several men before scoring under the posts (converted).

Lakenham rallied for the last few minutes but despite their best efforts were thwarted by some brilliant defence optimised by hard tackling from props Stephen Weston and Matt Beckett.

Broadland: T Weston, J Williamson, S Noon A Payne L Howlett, S Ruddick, P Buckley, M Beckett, R Bilyard, S Weston, A Morrison, J Fogg, R Ruddick, Ed Dixon, ATowfighi (capt). Replacements J Payne (40 mins), C Hewitt (55 mins), S Weston (45 mins).

Tries: R Bilyard (2), A Towfighi (2), J Willamson, R Ruddick, J Payne.

Conversions: Weston three out of seven.

Comm Tech Man-of-the-match: Team awarded.

Broadland-Great Yarmouth’s Christmas party takes place from 7pm tomorrow (Saturday). All club members and friends are welcome.

The club’s traditional Boxing Day match takes place in the morning as the club players living in the town of Great Yarmouth take on the players living in the surrounding villages.

Townies v Countryfolk kicks off at 11.30am (players please arrive by 11am) at Cobholm Playing Field, Great Yarmouth.

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B-GY Tigers 5, UEA 44

THE Tigers were up against the most skilful team in the league.

They started with passion, hotly contesting any breakdown of play.

The UEA did not find it easy to link their sometimes devastating phases of play, but when they did, points were scored.

For all of the UEA’s skill and power the Tigers counted with sheer determination and experience.

With the home side trailing by 20 points they struck back with a great try, showing a skill level as good as UEA produced.

The move opened with a second row, Hawkes, drawing two players. Courtney Lawes released Burling who jinked and dummied his way to the 22 to release Collings who ignited the afterburners to cross the line and score.

Second half again the Tigers were not giving an inch of ground lightly. The Tigers pack put as much effort as could be hoped for trying to neutralise the UEA forwards.

The backs also organised themselves into a very effective tackling unit.

Tigers heldon till the end, against a team that has beaten teams by over 100 points. A grand effort by the whole team showed they are a very capable side and can mix it with the best.

Tigers: A Riches, P Finney, J Dwyer, G Hawkes, M Cammock, L Buckley, J Dudley, P Abel (capt), J Clarke, R Clarke, T Barber, R Burling, M White, B Collings, J Sewell. Subs: N Bensley, M Vickerstaff, L Gallie, D Beagrie, S Tubbs. MoM: R Burling.