Rugby round-up

Ipswich YM 23, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 7following a three-week break an exceptionally young side travelled for what was expected to be a difficult match for the Yarmouth side.

Ipswich YM 23, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 7

following a three-week break an exceptionally young side travelled for what was expected to be a difficult match for the Yarmouth side.

Ipswich went over for an early score. Pressure continued but it was wing Joe Payne who almost picked off a pass in the midfield. Managing to get a hand to knock the ball, Payne juggled the ball as he began to break free only to lose it as he broke into space. Ipswich kept the pressure up and a close-range penalty extended the score to 10-0.

Broadland were struggling to establish a platform and it was only superb tackling from Nathan Bensley and Ryan Gallie that prevented further tries, Ipswich did however go away with a second penalty.

Broadland's frustrating first half continued as Ipswich drove over a try despite a call from the Yarmouth players for a knock on.

Ipswich were beginning to be contained through some solid defensive work from Alfshinpour and Ledgerwood in the midfield.

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Jake Sewell was receiving a barrage of kicks at full-back but was putting them all back into Ipswich YM half, supported well by debutant Liam Howlett. Broadland however could not get on the scoreboard.

Second half, early attacking put Broadland down close, prop Steve Weston came within inches of scoring on a pick and drive, but eventually Broadland opted for the penalty, which was not successful.

Broadland attacking play was looking far more cohesive. Captain Matt Beckett, released flanker Asa Morrison down the sideline, in a show of quick hands between the forwards, Morrison put the ball back inside to Ryan Gallie. Gallie slipped the ball back to Beckett who drove over the goal line, only to be called back for Gallie's toe clipping the touch line.

A penalty awarded 10 metres out was taken by Simon Ruddick, who passed to lock Sam French, French had no trouble in dancing through tacklers to score a superb close range try (converted Ledgerwood).

Ipswich concluded with another try which again had challenges over its legality. It was a challenging match, but a good leaning experience for a number of younger senior players.

Tries: French. Con: Ledgerwood 1 of 1. Pen: Ledgerwood 0 of 1.

Team: J Sewell, J Payne, J Alfshinpour, S Ledgerwood, L Howlett, J Doggett, S Ruddick, S Weston, M Beckett (capt), R Gallie, S French, N Bensley, A Morrison, E Dixon, A Towfighi. Replacements: R Chiddle (40) P Buckley (58).

The Broadland-Great Yarmouth annual ex-players reunion will now take place tomorrow, at the clubhouse at Cobholm playing fields, Great Yarmouth. The clubhouse bar will be open from 1pm with the 1st XV playing Hadleigh RFC at 3pm. Forfurther details please contact Pug on 01493 850340.

There will be a Halloween fancy dress party on Saturday, October 31 at 7.30pm.

For more information on playing rugby, youth or senior or becoming involved in helping run the only rugby club in Great Yarmouth visit

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 36, Wisbech 21

L&Y scored six well-worked tries but could have had a hatful more had they been more clinical, and if the Wisbech defence had been less courageous. The hosts went ahead when superb handling from centres Myles McAlone and Steve Adams allowed captain Marc Thomas to put Howell over in the right hand corner.

A 60m break by McAlone from Scott Nelson's long pass set up the position from where, several drives later, scrum-half Chez Bloxham touched down at the back of a pushover scrum. With two minutes to the break, Wisbech replied when their full back cut through.

From a driven line-out at the start of the second half, Bloxham timed the ball release to perfection so that Nelson was able to show a lovely dummy and cut through the defence to score from 20 metres. Bloxham converted for a

10-point lead. Wisbech were then gifted a long-range try to bring them back within three points.

On 60 minutes the game's deciding event occurred when Thomas opted for a set of scrums in front of the Wisbech posts instead of going for the points. Massive efforts in three successive scrums eventually earned L&Y a converted penalty try and once again pushed out the lead to 10 points.

Titterington harshly had a deserved score disallowed, but another 5m scrum led to Thomas picking from the base and charging over.

Wisbech hit back straight away with another try, but L&Y put the game beyond doubt in the final minutes when Nelson cut through for his second score.

Holt III 17, Broadland-Great Yarmouth Tigers 24

FOR this Merit Table game, fielding a full-strength team and five replacements, the Tigers were soon into their stride.

Strong running by props Gibbs and Tubbs set a great platform for the backs, with wings Barber and Webster getting their hands on the ball early into the game. The Tigers' first try came from a perfectly placed chip by D Moorhouse, which was plucked out of the air by flying wing Webster who rounded his opposition winger and dotted the ball down under the posts (converted by Barber).

Man of the match Barber played a stormer, returning wayward kicks with interest and seemingly able to run round his opposition winger at will.

At half-time a number of changes were made and fresh legs brought new impetus, with Gibbs battering his way over from close range to score a try, after some good driving play by the Tigers pack.

At the kick-off Camock snatched the ball from the air, and then popped the ball in the tackle to C Calnon who raced to the line from halfway.

From a maul inches from the line scrum half Clarke popped the ball to Tubbs who burrowed his way to a score (converted Clarke).

Tigers began to relax and the home side, scored three times in quick succession bringing themselves to within a converted try of a tied game.

A Gibbs attempted drop goal from 30 meters only narrowly missed.

With the referee calling last play at a Holt line-out deep in the home side's territory, Webster came from the opposite wing to make a match-saving tackle.

The Tigers entertain local rivals Lowestoft II tomorrow kick off 3pm.

Team: W Gibbs, G Jarvis, S Tubbs, K Wilkes, J Fogg, M Camock, P Crane (captain) ,P Calnon, R Clarke, D Moorhouse, J Webster, K Cousins, C Cantilon, A Payne. Replacements: C Hewett (40), A Riches (40), K Collings (60), L Moorhouse (40),C Calnon (40).

L&Y 2nd XV 0, Beccles 2nd XV 29

L&Y came out strongly in the first half with great tackles and a strong pack, driving Beccles off the ball. Beccles seem to have the upper hand for the majority of the first half, pinning L&Y down, forcing them to make some great tackles.

Beccles broke the line with an unconverted try from ex-Lowestoft and Yarmouth hooker Jonathan Pitts. This was a turning point for L&Y, tightening up and forcing Beccles back into their half putting the pressure on the Beccles pack with some great scrumaging from the forwards pack.

Even though all this effort was put in, L&Y could not mange to push for a try, even with some great forwards play from captain Lee Protheroe driving up from the halfway line, supported by Alan Roberts, Wayne Hall, Andy Chittenden and Callum Barber.

Second half the story was much the same with L&Y putting in 100 per cent effort but not coming out with a score. MoM: Wayne Hall.

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