OLD BRODLEIANS 13 SCARBOROUGH 25

28 Nov
MAN OF THE MATCH EAMON CHAPMAN IN ACTION AGAINST OLD BRODS (picture Andy Standing)

MAN OF THE MATCH EAMON CHAPMAN IN ACTION AGAINST OLD BRODS         (picture Andy Standing)

OLD BRODLEIANS  13  SCARBOROUGH 25

By Andy Standing

Scarborough travelled west to play Old Brodleians last Saturday and for the second season in a row came away from Hipperholme with a hard-fought but deserved win to move to sixth in Yorkshire Two.

Old Brods surprisingly had the upper hand in the early exchanges as the Seasiders played down the considerable slope in the first half. However they finally got onto the front foot in the 7th minute with a great run from fullback Corey Dennis who off-loaded to the supporting centre Paul White who in turn moved the ball inside to Eamon Chapman but the big flanker was stopped short; Scarborough infringed and Brods cleared their lines with the penalty.

Brods’ respite was short lived as skipper Tom Ratcliffe broke down the left flank but winger Graeme Jeffrey was unable to collect the pass inside and knocked on. After 15 minutes another scintillating run by Dennis resulted in a Scarborough penalty right in front of the posts which flyhalf Tom Harrison duly kicked to edge the visitors 3-0 ahead.

The Seasiders failed to push on and  Brods pinned them back in their own half with forwards Chapman, Taylor Smith and Nick Ingham putting in some crunching tackles. For all of Old Brodleians’ possession they lacked a cutting edge.

Scarborough were struggling to clear their lines  and  Ratcliffe’s long clearance was collected inside his home half by the Old Brods full back whose long pass inside was wayward and Ingham pounced forcing the turnover for Dennis to collect the loose ball and romp over. Harrison added the extras for 10-0.  The visitors looked dangerous with ball in hand but when they infringed, Brods flyhalf Danny Wood reduced the arrears to seven points with the penalty.

As the half drew to a close Harrison used the slope to good advantage finding touch in the home 22 with a superb kick. They won the resulting lineout and worked the ball to prop Jesse MacDonald who crashed over from close range. Harrison converted for a 17-3 half-time lead.

I’m sure Coach Lee Douglas’ team talk would have been to keep it tight in the first 10 minutes of the second half and he must have been left shaking his head in disbelief as Brods’ Tom Moody evaded a number of half hearted challenges to gallop over inside the first minute of the second half. Wood converted and reduced the arrears further at 13-17 with a penalty minutes later. Brods were now in full flow and with Scarborough wilting, missed an opportunity to reduce the arrears to a single point when they missed a long-range penalty

Scarborough continued to struggle in the scrum and were giving possession away all too easily. When Skipper Ratcliffe intercepted a wayward pass on the visitors 22 it looked as if one of his signature interception tries was on but the big centre was stopped by a great cover tackle.  However the home side infringed at the subsequent ruck and Harrison stretched the visitors lead to 20-13 with the penalty.

The highlight of the game came mid-way through the half and it was the forwards who thrilled the travelling Scarborough supporters; starting from deep in their own half they went through fifteen phases and drove the home side back to deep inside their own half. Time and again Ingham, Smith, Mark Hopper and the other forwards recycled the ball and drove the hosts back. The drive was only halted after handbags between Smith and a Brods player resulted in both being sin-binned. The Seasiders were unfairly penalised at the scrum but the kick only provided temporary respite and they went straight back on the offensive against a rapidly tiring home side.

Going into the dying minutes of the game Harrison made a great break for the line but was hauled down short. The Scarborough scrum finally got going and had the Old Brods eight marching backwards at an alarming rate and it was no surprise when man-of-the-match Eamon Chapman got the touch for a superbly worked push-over try. Harrison was unsuccessful with the conversion but the visitors fully deserved their 25-13 win and all four league points.

MAN OF THE MATCH: EAMON CHAPMAN

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