Under-strength Boston Rugby Club dumped out of the cup

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BOSTON entertained Lincoln in the first round of the Lincolnshire Cup on Saturday - and the result was a huge disappointment to all concerned.

Boston started much the better team, with Liam Smith scoring a try straight from a training ground move following a lengthy rolling maul after just five minutes of the game.

Due to the strong wind this was not converted.

This put Lincoln on the back foot, but only for all of two minutes when they scored and converted a try due to a mistake in open play from Boston.

This mistake, numerous missed tackles and a lack of communication from within a much-changed team, meant that Lincoln quickly pushed up the score line to be leading 5–19 at half time.

The Blue and Whites had seven players missing from the previous week’s 103-0 victory over Ollerton, due to injuries and work commitments.

Boston had much the better of the scrums, pushing their much larger opponents off the ball on more than one occasion, collecting turned over balls and frustrating their opposition at times.

All four replacements were used during the second half, Ross Noble came on for injured Sean Hughes, Tom Brooks replaced his injured brother Jake, Joe Deamer came on for club captain Iain Sampson and Lee Van Haren came on to replace Gary Sergeant.

Lincoln started the second half much the same as they ended the first, with a converted try.

Darryn Barratt then scored for Boston from a quickly taken tap penalty.

Player-coach Willem Jonker converted, taking the score to 12–26 to Lincoln.

There was more of the same from Lincoln, scoring three more tries, converting just one of those as they were playing into the wind.

The score line rising to 12–43.

Boston did not give up their efforts at any time, and an interception on the 22 yard line by Perry Cumber was duly converted by Jonker to add some more respectability to the score.

Boston were not at their best, with Lincoln taking full advantage of a weakened side.

BOSTON: A. Kemp, Sergeant, Sampson, Eldin, Allen, Lovely, Miles, Hughes, Jonker, Barratt, Cumber, Barnett, J. Brooks, Smith, Hart; Replacements: Deamer, Van Haren, Noble, T. Brooks

Star player: Steve Lovely. Put in continued effort throughout the game.

Boston return to Midland 5 East (North) action with an away game next week at Castle Donington (KO 3pm).