Northampton Casuals 41 Boston Rugby Club 36: Blue and Whites fall short after spirited fightback

Tom Brooks.
Tom Brooks.
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Boston Rugby Club’s First XV were beaten 41-36 at Northampton Causals - in a game of two halves.

With the hosts leading 29-0 at the interval, the Blue and Whites looked like their lifespan in the Midlands Senior Vase would last as far as the first round.

As the final whistle blew, that was the case. But Willem Jonker’s side gave it a real good go after the interval, scoring 36 points.

The Blue and Whites again had to shuffle their pack due to fresh injuries and work commitments. However, they were able to welcome back Marc Miles and Kenny Doig to the pack.

Boston began the brighter, but were unable to turn penalties into points.

Northampton, against the run of play, managed to use the breakaway to great effect, cutting through Boston’s defensive lines like a knife through butter, scoring well and finishing the first 40 minutes with a considerable advantage.

During this half, Boston lost Will Sharpe to an ankle injury.

Casuals lost their number 10 to a 10-minute sin-bin as their accumulation of penalties rose.

Sam Johnson came on to replace Perry Cumber, who spent time off the pitch having collided with his opposite number, although Cumber was able to return later on in the half.

After the break, Boston came alive and were piling on the pressure.

During a clearing out, Miles received a knee to the nose and had to leave the field, being replaced by Johnson in only his third senior outing.

Johnson saw a gap in the defence and jinked through to score Boston’s first points of the day.

Casuals replied quickly to lead 34-5, but two more sin bins for the hosts saw Joe Deamer and Liam Smith make the most of the two-man advantage to score, while Tom Brooks kicked a conversion.

Cumber and Brooks then scored, with Brooks converting his own try, to bring the score to 34–29.

However, a lack of concentration allowed Casuals to push the score to 41-29, before Boston had the final say, Jake Brooks scoring and his brother converting again.

On Saturday, Boston return to league action, hostingAshby (KO 3pm).

BOSTON: Sergeant, Dowse, Deamer, Sharpe, Stokes, Cotton-Betteridge, Doig, Miles, Jonker, T. Brooks, Cumber, J. Brooks, Smith, Cook, Andrews; Replacements: Johnson, Lloyd.