Boston Rugby Club’s Colts recorded an 18-12 success against their rivals from Nottingham Moderns.
On a day when handling the ball in the wet and windy conditions was never going to be easy, two well-matched teams played out a highly-entertaining and spirited match.
Neither side were able to impose themselves on the game in the early exchanges, but it was Moderns who were first to score.
With a successful conversion Boston were 7-0 down as they started to put together a passing game and work their way down the pitch against the elements.
With Boston going close to scoring a couple of times, the Moderns defence was finally broken when a quick tapped penalty saw a strong run from Ayo Adenaike on the right wing halted five metres from the line. Good support from the forwards saw the possession quickly recycled to the left for winger Harry Woods to get Boston’s first try.
Boston, playing with the wind, soon took the lead in the second half as they stole the ball from a Moderns lineout on halfway. Slick passing along the line put fullback Oliver Balsom into space and he outsprinted the defence to give Boston a 10-7 lead.
Tom Andrews started to get his kicking game going and pin Moderns in their own half.
Moderns’ tackling held firm and they worked hard to turn defence into attack as a strong run in midfield lead to their second try and they re-took the lead 12-10 with 15 minutes left.
Boston realised that they needed to turn pressure into points and a long range penalty kick from Andrews gave Boston the 13-12 lead before another sweeping move along the backline allowed Balsom to score his second try and secure the match.
Herbie Laidlaw was the man of the match.
BOSTON: Adenaike, J. Andrews, T. Andrews, Balsom, Bentley, Borley, Chambers, Clawson, Green, Howlett, Laidlaw, Lawson, Peng, Power, Preston, Salisbury, Sharp, Woods.