Old Brods Beavers 40 – 55 LH Mighty Ducks

When is a match report not a match report?

Well the answer to that is when the writer struggles to remember the sequence of the game!

The short trip over to Old Brods was made by a slightly thinner in numbers Ducks squad than the last few games but there was still plenty of quality in both the starting 15 and the supporting subs.  After a frogger style dash across the road the warm up was short and sharp, partly due to the late arrival of a couple of players who got lost making the short trip to Brods, (yep that was me!).

Brods kicked off playing down the slope and the LH team immediately did themselves no favours and failed to gather the kick off.  This gave the large Brods pack an opportunity to exert pressure in the scrum and before too long they had crossed for the first score of the game.  The game then settled into a fairly consistent pattern where Brods looked to use their forwards and LH looked to move the ball to the backs when possible.  A key moment in the first half was the unfortunate injury of Sir Michael Sykes who had started the game at hooker.  But when one Nomad comes off another replaces him and the one and only Batesy joined the fray and performed outstandingly managing to play a full hour.

Both teams scored tries in the first half with LH 5 points down at the break.  I think the score was 26-21 to Brods.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with tries from both teams.  The LH team though seemed to enjoy playing down the slope and the forwards started to dominate in the loose meaning that quick ball was available to feed the ball to the LH wide men.  One of these phases of good LH forward play led to a first ever senior try for Harvey Ellis (I used to teach him, that’s how old I am!).  His try was well taken and will no doubt be the first of many for the club and he showed his versatility today by playing at full back instead of his usual wing berth.

As the second half went on the LH team seemed to be cruising but a yellow card for scrum half Elliot and some more strong carries from Brods meant the game got back to a 5 point margin in LH’s favour.  The LH team were nerveless though and continued to press forward scoring more tries.  This included scores from Jacob Holmes who ended the day with 4 tries to his name, and a cheeky last minute score from another Nomad in Ducks colours Shawy.

The final score was 55-40 to the Mighty Ducks.  A great game played in good spirits from both teams.  I have no doubt the bumper crowd of 15 enjoyed every minute of it!

LH Scorers – Tries – Holmes x 4, Space Jam, Harvey, P-Dog, Jacob H, Shawy.  5 x conversions for J.Smith.

One other thing of note today was the captaincy debut of Reece Geisler.  In the absence of regular skipper Fitzy, Reece was a calming presence in the team and managed the referee expertly. He was also able to keep up his high standards of play on the field. Well done Reece.

Up the Ducks.  Quack quack.

 

Reporter: Jon Smith

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