Sat Navs Only Take You Where You Ask Them To. Anyone know the difference between Sutton Coldfield and Nuneaton?
Broadstreet’s Development squad were again in action this week following a late cry off last Saturday versus Bromsgrove RFC. They were up against a widely renowned and experienced second team in Nuneaton RFC Saxons at Liberty Way. Phil ‘Woodward’ Smith had been busy all week assembling his squad, going for a mix of new talent and former first team Broadstreet players and those trying to win back selection to the first team writes Broadprop.
Phil proudly proclaimed on Friday night “we have a great Development squad out tomorrow lads that could challenge Street’s 1sts, however as seems to be a constant theme with Street’s Development/2nd Team, there were a number of late cry-offs, worsened by one player turning up at another ground (Paddy Hughes’ sister’s Sat Nav is to blame). Phil had a bare fifteen to choose from and thinking fast on his feet, included himself on the bench, in case of injury, put the ever versatile pair of back rows, Beau Carney and the returning Mikey Tyrrell in the centres, Benjamin Nuttall in the second row to partner Pete ‘The Pole’ Wisniewski (a prop and a backrow, respectively by trade), and a further prop in the form of Harry Smith in at 6, These turned out to be masterstrokes, as the centres were solid in defence and created a platform for attack and the set piece, with the scrum especially being dominant all game.
Nuneaton got the game underway. Broadstreet, still finding their feet, knocked the ball on from the kick-off. First scrum of the game, the Broadstreet pack and especially the front row of Dawes, Ainsley and Thomas set the tone for the rest of the game by pushing the Nun’s pack off their own ball. Broadstreet worked their way up the field and then from a lineout secured by Chris ’Captain Fantastic’ Wood the ball was spun wide for colt Jevon Hinds to jink his way over for the score in the corner. Wide on the left Ben Cooper made the conversion, 7-0. The rest of the half was set in a constant theme with Street having all the possession and territory, but unable to turn this dominance into points, due to a mix of unfamiliarity between the Broadstreet players, greasy conditions and good Nuneaton defence. There was a further score before halftime following some good interplay between Chris ‘Ziggy’ Zutic and Chris Wood.Conditions were wet under foot and there was a slight breeze as
The half time team talk was all about execution and not letting Nuneaton score.
Marc Brittain and young Jevon Hinds probed the Nuneaton fringe defence. A further score was added before try of the game by Piotr Wisniewski. Strong running by Carney, Thomas and Lightowler, set up a ruck just outside the Nun’s 22, a quick long pass by Jake Smith found Ben Cooper, who penetrated the Nuneaton defence, before popping the ball to Ben Dawes, who, in a pod of forwards, pirouetted and passed to Nuttall who then went round his man before popping to the marauding Wisniewski to go over the whitewash in the corner. Great stuff ! ! !Broadstreet came out the second half and looked a more cohesive unit, the forwards continued to dominate the set piece and provided vital go forward. Jake Smith kept a constant supply of quick ball to the backs and excellent running by Lee ‘Ratty’ Lightowler,
Then came a comical moment Broadstreet had an attacking lineout in the Nun’s 22 the ball was thrown to the back by Tom Ainsley and with the ball collected safely the Broadstreet pack drove towards the line when El Capitano, Chris Wood decided to ground the ball over the line……. the five metre line (think Dawes, at Syston last season). Luckily for Mr Wood, Street would score a few phases later, when a deft offload by Smith allowed the returning Marc Brittain to pop over in the corner.
FT Broadstreet Development 31 Nuneaton Saxons 0.
The Broadstreet Development squad acquitted themselves very well, considering that many had not played or trained together before. Hopefully, they can build from this, allowing players to play competitive rugby thereby keeping fit and competing for a first team spot. They need everyone to buy into what they are trying to do, make themselves available and turn up to the right ground.
A special mention of a couple of the boys: Jevon Hinds had an excellent first game for the squad, being a constant threat throughout, with pace to burn. Also, Ratty Lightowler was solid under the high ball, aggressive in defence and offered some very good lines in attack.
Man of the Match – The Broadstreet Scrum.
Dick of the Day – Chris ‘is that the try line?’ Wood.