Boston RFC Firsts turn the league on its head

John Peng in action for the under 15s
John Peng in action for the under 15s

Boston 20 Nottingham Boots Corsairs 12

IN A classic top-versus-bottom clash, Boston produced their most impressive performance of the season to deservedly defeat the Nottingham visitors.

This is a result which will send shock waves through the league and could prove to be a defining moment of the season for the Blue and Whites, giving the whole club a much-needed confidence boost.

It was a team performance full of commitment, character and endeavour and, from the start, there were clear signs that the players were up for the fixture.

Playing into the strong wind in the first half, Boston had a clear game plan to nullify the dangerous Nottingham side’s backs through driving forward play and pressuring the opposition, when they had possession.

The back row of Marc Miles, Steve Sarno and Dave Betteridge, were all carrying the ball well in loose play and in defence were putting in some aggressive defensive tackling.

After 15 minutes’ play, Boston produced the first score of the game.

From a line-out drive, an off-load near the line saw scrum half Perry Cumber produce an American football-style dive over a pile of players to score in the corner.

Playing now with increased intensity and a growing self belief, it would be only five minutes later when number eight Sarno scored the second try, an end result of controlled driving playand excellent support work.

With 30 minutes left, scrum half Perry Cumber had to retire due to a dead leg. The re-shuffle saw Betteridge move to scrum half and John Pearson come off the bench.

Just before half time the visitors scored under the posts and converted, reducing the deficit to 10-7.

Within minutes of the re-start the home side extended their lead.

Darren Barratt produced a deft kick and chase from inside the half and was tackled five metres from the whitewash.

The forwards recycled the ball and, from the ruck, prop John Pearson drove over.

Corsairs are not front runners without just cause, and produced a series of driving plays between forwards and backs to score and reduce the deficit to 15–12.

Boston needed to retain their focus and keep playing controlled rugby.

From deep inside their own half Boston grabbed the match-winning try, courtesy of Liam Smith, following good work from Jake Brooks and Wayne Barnett.

With 15 minutes left Barratt was sin binned, but Boston held on for the victory.

BOSTON: Sampson, Hall, Kemp, Doig, Jackson, Miles, Betteridge, Sarno, Cumber, Barnett, J Brooks, Barratt, Patton, Doig, Smith; Replacements: Beard, Cook, Pearson.

Boston U15s 0

West Bridgford 12

AN UNDER-strength Boston suffered a 12-0 defeat in this NLD Shield contest.

The gale force wind always meant that line-outs and kicking would be very difficult but Boston began with passion and effort, despite having five players in different positions to normal.

One of the major changes was Aaron Evison, who has played the season at outside centre, moving to number eight.

It was a big ask but he rose to the task and had an excellent game.

Harvey Clifton moved into the hooker position and played really well, but the outstanding Boston forward was prop Sam Johnson.

Boston attacked and attacked but struggled to get to the try line, and when Tom Andrews crossed the score was disallowed.

West Bridgford took the lead at the end of the first half via a try.

The second half was all Boston again, but they could simply not break through despite great efforts by Tom Andrews, Ben Warren and Tom Wilson. In the game’s dying moments, West Bridgford capitalised on a long kick and scored a second try.

A conversion put the match further beyond Boston.

Mini rugby

THIRTEEN-try Boston under 11s and 12s breezed past visitors Grimsby at a blustery Boardsides on Sunday morning.

This was a confident display from the home team, who put their weaker opponents to the sword with a performance of some promise, despite windy conditions which made handling difficult.

The home side took the lead in the first game when Adam Johnson powered over in the corner, and as they continued to push hard both Robert Borley and Adham Hasan were tackled short of the line after strong runs.

The lead doubled when the Boston pack, which performed well all morning, pushed Grimsby off their own put-in and scrum half Josh Cook picked up to score.

Ian Borley added a third try, straightening his run well to wrong-foot the defence, and after Cook had made a fine saving tackle to preserve his side’s lead, Rowan Mason proved the beneficiary of a fine run by Toby Scott and good rucking by the supporting home players to scorch over and make it 4-0 at the half.

The second period brought four more tries for Boston as they continued to dominate in the tight and to threaten with strong running through the middle.

Jay Gardner’s breakaway run set up the scrum from which the sniping Cook crossed before Scott notched a quick double.His first try was set up by a powerful Dominic Reynolds run and the second followed an attacking scrum.

Scott also had a hand in the final try of the game, taking the ball forward and laying it back for Fraser Allen to pick up and crash over the line.

Game two saw little let-up in the home side’s dominance, although the conditions seemed to be taking their toll as the pace of the game slowed.

Johnson scored three times before Gardner, with a looping run, and Reynolds completed a 5-0 victory and an aggregate morning’s score of 13-0.

However, the one-sided nature of the scoring was only one pleasing aspect of the team’s performance.

The lads’ confidence is increasing apace, and the handling and tackling skills displayed throughout the team are very much on an upward trend.

BOSTON under 10s hosted Grimsby on a blustery Sunday morning, earning a 9-0 success in their first game.

Try scorers were Danny Wilson, Sam Booth, Peter Ward, Ashley Bristow and Harvey Rinfret.

The second game was joined by Boston under nines, who put up a good show against some larger opponents.

This game resulted in a 2-1 win to Grimsby.

BOSTON under sevens and eights hosted Grimsby on a very blustery Sunday morning.

The first match saw Boston narrowly win 8-6.

Try scorers were James Bray (three), Tom Welberry (two), Matthew Green, Euan Turner and Charlie Willis.

In the second match Boston swapped the team around and narrowly lost 11-9.

Try scorers were Welberry (three), Bray (three), Thomas Smith, Green and Joseph Young.

BOSTON: Green, Turner, Smith, Vickers, Welberry, Young, Bray, Baker, Willis, Rooney, Jacob.