Midlands Premier League
Luctonians RFC 64 v 12 Doncaster Phoenix RUFC
Saturday 6th April 2019
What a way to finish your home matches, with an excellent result against a Phoenix side who came to play rugby. The crowd was in full voice on what was another beauty of a sunny afternoon at Mortimer Park.
Full house in the Clubhouse for Securcom Tables Day and with the Luctonians Charity Group running another excellent draw in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, the Black & Whites didn’t disappoint With PiGDAZE to entertain in the clubhouse, following that on the field, it doesn’t get much better.
Before we go any further take a bow Guy Kirkby. THREE tries from our hooker and all run in from at least 20 meters, well it looked like that far from where I was sat. If he scores any more, he might be challenging for top scorer at seasons end.
Lucs were away early when the inevitable happened; Josh Watkins scored. His 30th try of the season, and apparently that’s going to cost brother Ryan a MacDonald’s for tea.
Not long after, Phoenix who were pinned back in their own half for most of the match but came with the intent to play running rugby even from deep, made a couple of handling errors and John Morris intercepted running in from half way with Louis Silver converting. 20 minutes gone, and it was 12-0 to Lucs.
But Luctonians were the victim of a harsh decision almost from the restart [All say Ahhh. Ed], when Callum Young ever so gently tackled one of their chaps, laid him on the floor with the most delicate of ease and was pinged for a tip tackle. Phoenix kicked to the corner and from the lineout Tankard, or was it Nunn, scored for a 12-5 score line.
The game was under Lucs’ control and on the half hour Guy Kirkby, much to his own surprise latched on a misjudged pass from Phoenix and sprinted [Yes,really. Ed] over for the Lucs try (17-5) and he added his own second right on the whistle for the half time oranges, when he ploughed over, with Louis Silver again adding the extras.
Half Time Score
Luctonians 24 v 5 Doncaster Phoenix
We started the second half, and it was all looking even rosier for the Black & Whites when excellent work by Callum Young and Conor Turner, the latter in his last home game for Luctonians before returning home to Canada, set up the ever bustling and ultra-energetic Aiden Cheshire for a score (Converted for 31-5).
This wasn’t until after the ‘Try Machine’ himself, Josh Watkins, earned all the plaudits for ‘Dick of the Day’, when clean through and over the white wash to score, obviously thinking about the Big Mac to follow later, he was caught and tackled by a Phoenix defender who wrestled the ball away when all he had to do was put the ball on the ground.
[Video available on YouTube soon. Hold that thought, maybe Amazon, as must be worth a bob or two. Ed]
Smithy was so sure he had scored he had run on with the water bottles and Knocker had almost put the 5 points up on the scoreboard. Didn’t matter, but I guess he won’t be doing it again.
Phoenix pulled another score back through Bottomley, before Lucs went into overdrive. Some of their passing and interplay was excellent and ran Phoenix ragged at times in the last half hour.
Guy Kirkby ran in his hat-trick when Josh Watkins atoned for his earlier blemish by putting him away on the 22. He was blowing, but he was cheered all the way over for his third score (38-12). Louis Silver however was then harshly shown a yellow for an interception knock-on attempt on halfway, when there was no real danger. So, a quick shuffle of positions saw Rob Bengry move to 9, John Morris to Full Back and Giles Morell on for his home debut.
Being down to 14 didn’t seem to hinder Lucs’ progress. John Morris converted his own try on 63 minutes (45-12) and Isaac Fanueli ran in try #8, before Drew Cheshire crossed for Lucs’ 9th try. That’s 3 tries when we they were down to 14 players, not bad going and no reflection on Louis who was in the sin bin. 57-12 when he returned, and he duly converted the last try when Will Burton danced through late in the game for the final coup de gras.
A great result against a decent Doncaster Phoenix side, and the crowd were appreciative at the end with plenty of noise.
Full Time Score
Luctonians 64 v 12 Doncaster Phoenix
Luctonians Man of the Match
Tries: Josh Watkins (12), Johnny Morris (16, 54), Guy Kirkby (29, 44, 59), Aiden Cheshire (49), Isaac Fanueli (60), Drew Cheshire (64), Will Burton (79)
Conv. Louis Silver (13, 45, 50, 61,80), John Morris (64, 75)
Doncaster Phoenix Scorers
Tries: Tankard (21), Bottomley (56)
Conv: Seth Adams (57)
Rob Bengry, Drew Cheshire, Josh Watkins, Isaac Fanueli, John Morris, Will Burton, Louis Silver; Connor Deignan, Guy Kirkby, Joe White, Conor Turner, Owien Harriott-Davies, Callum Young, Mat Hackley, Aiden Cheshire
Replacements: Dan Powell, Harry Whiteman, Giles Morrell
Wright, Tankard, Smith, Bottomley, Nunn, Burden, Pocklington; Sykes, Holling, Wilson, Khalil, Robinson, Scully, Hudson, Robinson
Replacements: Varley, Donk, Adams
Mr Carl Adams
All the action is on BookFace once again with Greggers’ [Sorry about the video quality, trying to sort. Ed] excellent filming, except he missed Josh Watkins’ faux pas; well that’s what he told me, but I bet money changed hands to avoid embarrassment. [Naturellement, silly boy. Negotiations continue. Ed]
All eyes onto the mobile phones to see what Scunthorpe were doing v Bridgnorth, would our neighbours be doing us a favour; absolutely no chance. Scunnie win and it’s all down to next week when the Black and Whites travel to Lichfield who were relegated this past Saturday, and Scunthorpe who travel to Broadstreet.
What a great bunch of chaps they are at Broadstreet, very underrated, sure to give the boys from up North a strong game, and hopefully turn the league on its head at the last minute… BUT we’ve got to beat Lichfield as well!
BE THERE, its going to be a classic.
Travel arrangements will be in the Securcom Lucsline during the week.
Be there and #MakeSomeNoise
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