Rugby wins hard to find

Dereham 17, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 10Broadland surged in the last 20 minutes of their first leage game but it was not enough to overhaul the lead Dereham had created.

Dereham 17, Broadland-Great Yarmouth 10

Broadland surged in the last 20 minutes of their first leage game but it was not enough to overhaul the lead Dereham had created.

Disaster struck in the warm up. Simon Clover, due to make his first team debut, dislocated his knee hitting a tackle pad in the warm upwhich added to a number of forced changes. Nathan Bensley made his first team debut in the second row.

Dereham were well drilled and made the most of the Yarmouth sides early inconsistencies. Broadland settled with No 8 Adam Towfighi in excellent form.

Dereham camped in the Yarmouth 22 metre line for the final 10 minutes and scored just before the whistle.

Broadland started the second half much more structured. Ed Dixon was in fine form and James Doggett playing at fly half was finding gaps in the Dereham defence. Steve Watson joined the pack to provide a set of fresh legs.

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A spectacular break from forward Ryan Gallie than led to a Broadland score by lock asa Morrison, set up by Buckley, Ledgerwood, Beckett, Jarvis and Dixon (unconverted).

Broadland were reduced to 14 when wing Tristan Barber became involved in a tussle, and eventually Dereham found space to score.

Adam Towfighi picked up from a scrum 15 metres out, broke into space and offloaded to Joe Payne, who made easy work of scoring in the corner (unconverted).

Tries: Morrison, Payne. Con: Doggett 0 of 2.

Team: J Sewell, J Payne, M Scott, S Ledgerwood, T Barber, J Doggett, P Buckley, M Beckett, (capt) G Jarvis, R Gallie, N Bensley, A Morrison, J Alfshinpour, E Dixon, A Towfighi. Replacements: S Watson (54 mins).

The Broadland-Great Yarmouth annual ex-players reunion will take place on October 10, at the clubhouse at Cobholm playing fields, Great Yarmouth.

The clubhouse bar will be open from 1pm with the 1st XV playing Mistley RFC at 3pm. Details from Pug on 01493 850340.

Broadland-Great Yarmouth youth section (over 12s) are attending the Norfolk emerging clubs' tournament at Norwich this Sunday. Coach will depart the clubhouse at 9am and return approximately 1pm. Any players wishing to attend who have not already advised youth coaches, should call Andy on 07545 484507.

Beccles 2nd XV 36, B-GY Tigers 5

TIGERS fielded a much-changed side after losing a number of players to first team duty for their second merit table clash of the season.

The home team fielded a development team consisting of a number of emerging talents. At the set piece the Tigers' pack dominated throughout. Despite having the upper hand up front, the Tigers were soon under pressure, unable to contain the speed of the Beccles backs.

Beccles began to run the ball, breaking through an unorganised Tigers' defence on a number of occasions.

This pattern repeated itself up until half-time, and many changes were made second half.

But it took the Tigers until almost the final whistle to breach the Beccles line, with Riches barging his way over from seven metres from a tap penalty.

Team: W Gibbs, G Hawkes, S Tubbs, K Wilkes, M Camock, L Moorhouse, R Ruddick, P Abel (captain), R Clarke, P Tucker, J Webster, C Cantilon, K Cousins, L Howlett R Burling. Replacements: D Wardrop (65), A Riches (60), S Ruddick (70), G Yanisch 60), M White (40).

Beccles 27, Lowestoft and Yarmouth 3

IN the clash of Waveney's rugby rivals, Beccles retained the bragging rights with a hard-earned but comprehensive victory at their Beef Meadow stronghold.

Beccles had the fitness, speed and skill to execute their game plan, forcing Lowestoft and Yarmouth to rush their own game and make far too many mistakes and poor decisions to challenge effectively.

The first 30 minutes were even honours, with L&Y's Chez Bloxham cancelling out Luke Wade's opening penalty.

L&Y's front five marginally had the best of the scrums and were sharing the line-outs, but too often the team shunned the wide spaces where tough young centres, Steve Adams and Matt Howell showed signs of being able to trouble their more experienced counterparts.

While the L&Y back three of Tom Castleton, Myles McAlone and especially Daniel Boardley were tackling everything Beccles ran at them, they barely received a pass to attack with. The back row of Lewis Davey, Chris Howe and Marc Thomas all made notable tackles, but Beccles led 13-3 half-time lead.

The third quarter was about as dour as rugby gets. Stephen Powles, Ben McElroy and James Laurie all came on, and twice the visitors drove scrums over the line only to be foiled by determined defence.

Team: Bristo, Woodhouse, Titterington, Coleman, Wilkinson, Howe, Davey, Thomas, Fewkes, Bloxham, Boardley, Adams, Howell, Castleton, McAlone. Bench: Powles (Davey), McElroy (Bristo), Laurie (Castleton).