Late tries flurry decide match
Swaffham 31, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 0The match was close until midway through the second half when a flurry of late tries from Swaffham gave them a comprehensive victory.
Swaffham 31, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 0
The match was close until midway through the second half when a flurry of late tries from Swaffham gave them a comprehensive victory.
Broadland linked well in early play with wing Ben Collings having a good run, and both sides were moving the ball well. The teams were well matched in both scrum and lineout, and it was the backs' play that was creating opportunities for both sides.
Solid defensive work from forwards Royce Chiddle and Asa Morrison prevented a score, but the clearance kick sparked the phase from which Swaffham scored in the corner. Broadland responded through a strong run from flanker Ed Dixon, supported by Rye Bilyard and Matt Beckett. Broadland moved close and had a penalty attempt go wide.
Broadland made two replacements at the half with Mark Cammock and Lee Raven joining play. Broadland made some good ground through tactical kicking from fullback James Doggett and some excellent link play orchestrated by scrum-half Simon Ruddick. Broadland were looking like scoring with Sam French and Mark Cammock making good ground in the tight. Centre Stacey Ledgerwood was close to a clean break.
Against the run of play the Swaffham centre took a great cut-back infield to score (converted).
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Broadland brought on some fresh legs in wing Joe Payne. Broadland's play became more risky and a run out from inside the 22-metre line initially went well until a loose ball was scooped up by Swaffham to score in the corner.
With time running out, Swaffham again struck to lead by 21 points. In the last five Broadland were overstretching in attack and two easy unconverted counter-attack tries sealed the game for Swaffham
Next, Broadland-Great Yarmouth travel to play Ipswich YM, kick-off is at 2.15pm.
Pen: Lightfoot 0 of 1. Con: Lightfoot 1 of 1. Team: J Doggett, J Sewell, M Abeysekera, S Ledgerwood, B Collings, A Lightfoot, S Ruddick, R Gallie, M Beckett (capt), R Bristo, S French, R Chiddle, A Morrison, E Dixon R Bilyard. Replacements: M Cammock (40mins), L Raven (40 mins), J Payne (58mins).
The youth team play a number of matches during the year and last weekend the mini section of the club (U8s, U9s, U10s and U11s) travelled to play Fakenham RFC.
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Broadland-Great Yarmouth Tigers 10, Beccles 2nd XV 17
Tigers had never having lost at home.
At the final whistle there was a feeling of a lost chance in the Tigers' side - good all-round play but the errors need to be cut down if the Tigers are to finish off teams of Beccles' calibre.
The Tigers started in fine style with some powerful driving play from the forwards to put the Beccles defence under enormous stress.
The break in the Beccles defence came with a driving maul took the Tigers up to the Beccles try line. P Buckley collected the ball from back and darted over to score.
Beccles moved the ball from left to right to break through the Tigers' defence to score in the corner.
TWith the Tigers under pressure in their passing, mistakes started to creep into their game. The next Beccles try came with a simple knock-on from the Tigers with Beccles gathering the ball and going over the line to score.
Try number three for Beccles came in much the same manner.
Half-time saw substitutes Pywell and Rhodes coming on for A Hewitt and Machado. The Tigers started the second half with the same play that had brought them reward in the first with Gibbs, Smart and Fogg continually making themselves available to carry ball. Buckley and Clarke distributed the ball to the centres which set up some fine runs into the Beccles defence by Browne and Clover.
Flanker C Hewitt and No 8 Abel were always on hand to snuff it out Beccles before impetus was gained.
With the back three of Barber, Howlett and Rhodes running back, Beccles were finding it more and more difficult to break out of their own half.
The Tigers' next try came from good ball carrying and deft hands to release Rhodes down the wing. With still four players to beat he combined side-steps, pace and power to score in the corner.
With the clock ticking the Tigers threw all they had at Beccles, only for the last phase to break down. The last pass just would not come.
Ovamill Man of the Match: James Fogg
Team: W Gibbs, G Jarvis, G Hawkes, J Fogg, M Smart, C Hewitt, A Hewitt, P Abel, P Buckley, R Clarke, S Browne, S Clover, F Machado, T Barber, L Howlett. Sub's: D Moorehouse, K Pywell, S Rhodes.