New coach’s enthusiasm is converted to title celebrations


BOSTON Rugby Club are celebrating a promotion to Midlands 4 Level following a hard-earned victory against Meden Vale on Saturday.

The 1st XV won by 45 points to 10, putting them at the top of the Midlands 5 East (North) league with 56 points.

Club Chairman Martyn Miles said the club were over the moon about it.

He said: “The coach Willem Jonker has done an outstanding job of re-educating the style of rugby we would like to play at the club. Most of the achievements are down to him and his enthusiasm.

“We can really see Boston going forward to higher things in the next couple of years.”

At the match the pitch was suited to Boston’s flowing backs game, but Meden Vale started keenly, scoring almost from the kick-off with a drive from their well-drilled heavy forwards.

This was an early wake-up call for Boston, however, and quick thinking following a lost Vale lineout gave them the chance to put their first points on the board, a ‘flash ball’ was called which gave the backs their first chance to run freely with full back Travis Cross going over for the first of his four tries. This was converted by Tom Brooks.

Boston pressured Vale in the final third of the pitch, moving the ball around at speed, Vale, unable to clear their lines, were penalized and Brooks put three more points on the board.

Boston’s lineout was working well, the ball passed quickly to the backs by Ady Hart, playing out of position at scrum half, the backs accurate passing challenging Vale, unable to stop Cross scoring his brace with a further conversion by Brooks.

Vale gave Boston a hard time in the scrum, won ball and drove forward scoring their second try and bringing to an end the first half.

Boston’s lineout gave them their next try six minutes into the second half.

Tom Brooks, wrong footing the Vale defence, went over for a try which he converted himself.

Injuries to Henry Betts and Joe Deamer meant the introduction of Alan Phoenix and Kenny Doig to the fray.

Boston continued to cause problems, Vale conceded another penalty, ‘chaos ball’ was the call, which enabled a rampant back line to give Cross the ball again for him to go over the whitewash for his third, converted by Brooks who wasn’t missing anything with the boot!

Michael Baldwin wasn’t to be out done; he got on the scoreboard from yet another lineout turn over ball, swift passing being the name of the game, again converted by Brooks.

Further replacements were used for tiring players Zeph Chapman coming on to replace his brother Zac Chapman on the wing, who thought he had scored a try, but was not given by the referee. Brian Johnson was a replacement on the other wing.

The final try of the game came from a lineout utilizing the whole backs line at pace. Cross going over for his fourth try, running round behind the posts giving Brooks the easiest and final kick of the game.

Man of the Match: Tom Brooks.

Forward’s Man of the Match: Sean Hughes.

Boston: A. Kemp, A. Phoenix, J. Deamer, H. Betts, B. Enderby, C. Doig, S. Hughes, J. Pedley, A. Hart, D. Barratt (Capt), M. Baldwin, J. Brooks, T. Brooks, Zac Chapman, T. Cross; Replacements: A Phoenix, Zeph Chapman, Kenny Doig, B Johnson.