Boston Rugby Club 32 Oundle 20: Blue and Whites into round three of the Midlands Junior Vase

Boston Rugby Club had to wait until the dying minutes to secure victory over Oundle in the Midlands Junior Vase, and a place in the third round.

For the home crowd, the contest was expected to be a close affair as the visitors play in the Midlands 4 South and, like Boston, have only lost one game this year.

After repelling the early Oundle attacks, Boston registered their first score from a well-rehearsed line out move, which saw captain Billy Wilson cross the line after eight minutes.

Tom Brooks converted.

Oundle were using their kicking game to keep Boston at bay.

It would take a flowing move from the Blue and Whites’ backs on 34 minutes to add to their advantagem Michael Baldwin stretching out to score for a 12-3 interval lead.

The home side made a perfect start to the second half.

After two minutes, Adrian Hart was the recipient of a deft offload from Wilson, which saw him speed under the posts.

The conversion by Tom Brooks extended the lead to 19-3.

The score had a strange affect, in that it galvanised Oundle and perhaps lulled Boston into a degree of complacency.

On 50 minutes Oundle scored a converted try to narrow the deficit to 19-10.

A Brooks penalty kept the scoreboard ticking over to 22-10.

However, with Boston’s play now disjointed and Oundle growing in confidence, they scored two further tries to come back to 22-20.

The last 10 minutes would prove an anxious wait for the home crowd as the outcome was far from certain.

From pressure inside the Oundle 22, fly half Brooks calmed everybody’s nerves.

He produced a well-time drop goal to provide a welcome cushion of five points.

With the last play of the game, centre Liam Smith secured the win, with Brooks converting to keep Boston’s cup run going.

On Saturday, the Blue and Whites take to the road to play Tupton, who lie in third place in the Midlands 4 table.

Boston: Sampson, Seargent, Kemp, Lane, Enderby, Wilson, Loveley, Linnell, Jonker, T. Brooks, J Brooks, Smith, Baldwin, Zac Chapman, Zeph Chapman; Replacements: Deamer, Hart, Cross.

l Boston Rugby Club’s under 15s took an experimental side to Skegness, just losing out 10-5.

The home side’s forwards benefitted from their size advantage and opened the scoring with an unconverted try.

After the interval the Blue and Whites started to play simple rugby and slowly gained the upper hand, resulting in Jyi Kerford barging his way over to level the scores.

Forced changes and some sloppy rucking by Boston allowed the hosts to create a good try to claim victory.