Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club win 39-36 at Broadstreet in National Midlands 3
Broadstreet were forced to host this game at the Rugby Lions ground at Web Ellis Road instead of the own ground at Binley Wood.
They have hosted the Daily Mail national Schools tournament for several years now and in the past The Greens (Scunthorpe) have swapped the fixture date and venue to accommodate them but were not able to on this occasion, hence the revised venue.
In order to retain any glimmer of hope of retaining their place at level 5, Scunthorpe had to win this fixture.
Several changes saw Simon Weller and Lee Robinson come in for the unavailable Luke Scargall and Ben Wright whilst young Colts player Isaac Keighley was added to the bench as cover for Callum Davies.
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For a change The Greens made quite a bright start and Steve Johnson converted a penalty of only 5 minutes for a 3 points to nil lead.
Both sides seemed to want the ball moving out to their threequarters and consequently the game was very open.
Broadstreet replied with a penalty of their own on 14 minutes, to level the scoring.
Scunthorpe at this point seemed unable to satisfy the referee with their play, particularly at the breakdown and as a result had very little ball to get into the game. This was further exacerbated when Chris Hewitt was yellow carded in only the 10th minute of play. Broadstreet took advantage of the numerical superiority and after several phases crossed in the 25th minute.
The successful conversion meant that they now lead by 10 points to 3.
The home boys continued to attack and a clever angled run through the centre brought another try and conversion taking them to 17 points to 3 after 30 minutes.
Things were gradually changing with the penalty count now reduced and going the other way.
Scunthorpe worked a position into the home ‘22’ and following a penalty against the home side they drove the ball over the line with Gareth Mist getting the touchdown. Johnson added the extras and The Greens went in at half-time still in touch at 17points to 10 down.
Scunthorpe started the second period with great determination and it was no surprise when the ball moved out to Lee Robinson on the left, for the centre to chip ahead and gather the rebound and race over.
Johnson converted and the sides were now level.
Only 5 minutes later and Tom Foster sprinted through a gap in midfield for another try that Johnson again added the extras to for a 24 points to 17 lead. With only 12 minutes played in this see-saw encounter, the Warwickshire boys always dangerous, swept down field for a try which was not converted but put them to within 2 points of The Greens.
It was now the home boys that suffered the yellow cards and received two within 5 minutes which Scunthorpe exploited and moved the ball out to the left wing for Rewiti Viamoso to score. Johnson was for once, unable to convert but did add a penalty after 25 minutes to make the scores 32 points to 22.
Broadstreet once again broke from their own half and scored a converted try to reduce the deficit to only 3 points.
Tom Foster angled a kick to the left where Chris Neal was on hand to take the bounce and score.
Johnson again converted to take his tally to 14 points and The Greens to 39 points.
Further pressure on the home line saw Matt Probert crashed through only to lose the ball whilst touching down.
The game found some late drama when Viamoso was red carded for what the referee deemed a dangerous tackle and a late home converted try set up a fraught final few minutes before Scunthorpe were able to claim a bonus point victory at 39 points to 36.
Chris Hewitt was once again excellent in both defence and support play whilst there was also a brief cameo performance from young Isaac Keighley off the bench.
With every point being vital in the battle against relegation, this win will have given the boys great encouragement to take into the next game on 23rd March.