Boston Rugby Club’s Colts had their most physical game of the season against a strong and organised Stamford team on Sunday.
Despite giving away weight in the scrums, the Boston pack secured the majority of their own ball and matched their opponents in the forward exchanges to draw 17-17.
Both teams were happy to run the ball from deep positions and this resulted in a highly entertaining, if bruising, encounter.
Despite early Stamford pressure with the wind on their backs it was Boston who were first on the scoreboard with Olli Balsom out-sprinting his opponents.
Matt Bray converted but then he and Fabian Gillick had to leave the field injured.
A reconfigured Boston backline maintained their rhythm and Balsom soon scored his second try in the corner, the move coming from a tap penalty.
The game threatened to boil over as a Stamford player was yellow carded for a late tackle.
As the first half drew to a close Stamford scored a converted try.
After the interval, the away side scored twice.
Boston’s attacking play started to gain momentum and, after yet another strong run from Tom Andrews (pictured), he released brother James to score Boston’s third try in the corner.
The difficult conversion was missed and both teams had chances to win the match as the gaps started to appear in open play but as the clock ran down both defences held firm to leave the final result 17-17.
Star players: Jake Bradley and James Bentley.
BOSTON: Adenaike, J. Andrews, T. Andrews, Baldwin, Balsom, Bentley, Borley, Bradley, Bray, Chambers, Clawson, Gillick, Green, Howlett, Laidlaw, Lam, Mawer, Preston, Roberts, Salisbury, Sharp.