Scunthorpe rugby boys beaten at Sutton Coldfield despite some strong tackling
Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club lost 41-0 at Sutton Coldfield in the National 3 Midlands competition on Saturday.
It was only the Greens' second ever visit to the Roger Smolden Recreational Ground.
Scunthorpe travelled without Jake Barron at Number 8 with Nick Siddall providing cover and Guy Michaijluk, Will Harrison and Richard Tomlinson making up the bench.
The Greens made a confident start and seemed to take the home boys out of their stride, dominating both territory and possession for the first twenty minutes.
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Sutton Coldfield did have prop forward Brook Davies in the bin after 15 minutes for a high tackle on Oli Wood but this though did little to diminish their defensive strength.
Scunthorpe then gifted two scores within 5 minutes to a side that needed no favours.
The first came when a wildly speculative quick throw-in from touch into midfield that left the receiver isolated under his own posts, from which the home side gained the position from which to score their first try through fly-half Josh Groom.
The second came from Scunthorpe’s inability to control a kick through and Groom was again on hand to toe-end the ball over the line and touchdown.
Neither of the tries were converted but the home boys were now on the board with a 10 points to nil advantage after 26 minutes' play.
It took only a couple of minutes for Sutton to get their next score when second row Steve McCormack was allowed to carry the ball well into Scunthorpe territory after receiving the kick-off before off-loading to Jamie Sutton for the try. Alex White added the extras to make the score-line 17 points to nil.
Just before half-time, the powerful Jamie Raistrick was on the end of a sweeping counter attack to make it 22-0 at half-time.
The home boys started the second half in confident fashion and managed two tries in the opening ten minutes one of which was converted by Ian Miller. It was then another 15 minutes before a Scunthorpe error at the back of a scrum allowed Alex White to run in the final home try. Miller again converted to make the score 41-0.
Scunthorpe fought back strongly and had most of the pressure in the final 15/20 minutes of play, putting the home scrummage under severe pressure and were unlucky not to come away with a score.
The Greens' tackling on the day was very strong in midfield with Oli Wood and Steve Parking holding firm and if only some of the mistakes had been eradicated it could well have been a closer game.
Sutton Coldfield have managed to put together a very strong side and it will take a very powerful outfit to take any points from them on their own ground.
The Greens host Syston on Saturday and will once more have to make home advantage count in order to take the points.