Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club 10 Nuneaton 24
Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club played very well against a superior Nuneaton team that was well organised and strong in defence on an extremely muddy pitch. In fact with a little more belief the Greens could have upset the form book and beaten the West Midlands visitors.
Nuneaton started strongly with their well structured play, fly-half Wilson directing play with the boot. The referee issued Jake Barron with an unusual yellow card after 10 minutes with no prior warning.
From the resulting penalty Joe Wilson converted the penalty.
Nuneaton then stepped up the pressure but the Scunthorpe defence were more than a match with some resolute tackling and good organisation. Wilson converted another penalty and then on 32 minutes Scunthorpe gave away another penalty.
The influential Wilson then kicked for the corner and a well executed catch and drive saw hooker Osleton get the try. Wilson missed the extra two. Scunthorpe came back with some excellent passages of play, forwards and backs linking well together.
Nuneaton gave away a penalty which Tom Barker slotted over with aplomb and at half-time the score was a respectable 3 points to 11.
If Scunthorpe could use the wind and the large support to their benefit they could turn over the deficit and sneak a win.
However it was Nuneaton who came out of the half-time blocks the more determined. Within 10 minutes they had scored another penalty through Wilson and then a try from replacement Jenkins, Wilson converting to stretch the score to more than two converted tries.
The Greens came back with some sterling play really stretching the opposition but their solid defence and sound tackling kept out Scunthorpe. On 65 minutes a penalty was given to Scunthorpe in the opposition 22 and the old faithful ‘Bridlington’ move saw Guy Mychujiak get the touchdown and Will Robinson converted.
There was now some belief that Scunthorpe could overturn Nuneaton in the remaining 15 minutes.
Rewiti Vaimoso had a great chance as he burst down the wing within stretching distance of the try line and a tap tackle from a Nuneaton defender saw the Kiwi held up short.
This typified the resilient defence that was probably the difference between the two sides.
Wilson converted another Nuneaton penalty to secure their win.
The final score of 10-24 was probably just right and without the penalty count and a last gap tackle Scunthorpe could have taken the spoils but they were beaten by a better team.
The performance was very encouraging as the Greens were certainly no walk over and Nuneaton will not face much tougher opposition on their away travels.