Broadstreet RFC 33 - 17 Peterborough RUFC
After the shambles against promotion favourites Longton RFC the week before, 'Street must have been relieved to follow up with a match against relegation candidates Peterborough RFC to get things back on track. The side had a raft of changes which unfortunately included dynamic winger Dean Watts dropped from the starting XV and the shortest fattest 2nd row in the league Luke Truslove dropped from the squad. The return of Romey Vassell and Ollie Marchon instilled some excitement to the 'Street stalwarts on the side-line whilst Chris Dodd got a well-earned promotion from the 2nds after averaging 56 tries a game for them (or there abouts). Joe Lowry becomes the 3rd colt in almost as many weeks to earn a call up to the senior squad after some talented displays for the colts which has also seen him being selected for the England Colleges preliminary squad.
Just like away at Newport RFC , Romey Vassell got 'Street of the mark in spectacular fashion in the first 5 minutes of the game. After securing lineout ball in their own 22 'Street fly-half Jordan Simpson popped the ball to Vassell who accelerated onto the ball and the Peterborough defensive line with terrific speed, smashed through the attempted tackle powering through into open space. Vassell came through on the fullback but beat him easily and when winger tracking back almost caught him from behind, he stuck on the after burners and coasted away to reach the try-line untouched. Marky Rea added the extras to make it Peterborough RUFC 0 - Broadstreet RFC 7 after 5 minutes.
At fly-half Jordan Simpson is proving to be a prolific line-breaker and is beginning to add a degree of forward momentum that we have been missing for large chunks of the year. On 25 minutes he once again broke the line and fed full back Marky Rea for a clear run at the try-line, surprisingly Rea was caught just short but good support from the forwards seemed like a try was going to be inevitable. However an old-head in the Peterborough pack killed the ball just as 'Street looked ready to pile over the try-line, Rea kicked to the corner from the resulting penalty. An overthrow from the lineout looked to have squandered our chances at setting up a catch'n'drive, however sharp awareness from openside Chris Dodd pounced on the bouncing ball and he dropped over the line to record Broadstreet's 2nd try. Rea missed conversion Peterborough RUFC 0 - Broadstreet RFC 12
5 minutes later Vassell scored his 2nd of the match with another individual effort which once again highlighted a number of defensive frailties in the Peterborough back-line. After a decent break from Street in the midfield, any momentum seemed to be lost in a couple of messy rucks which found the 'Street backs marked man for man on the narrow side. Jordan fed Vassell who cut inside his man with ease, handed off the 2 covering defenders and sprinted over the try-line to score his 3rd try in his first 2 matches. The only obstacle which seemed able to stop him was the loss of his gumshield half way through his run, he bizarrely seemed about to stop and pick it up but rightly realised that a good try trumps a recovered gumshield all day long. Peterborough RUFC 0 - Broadstreet RFC 19 Rea adds the extras.
For most of the 1st half Zutic had shown what an excellent runner he is when 'Street are on the front foot, making a number of incisive runs which gained a lot of ground for his side. In the 35th minute he was rewarded for his efforts with a try, collecting the ball off the ruck on the opponent 22 he dummied a pass and slipped through the defence at the ruck fringes and gassed the covering defence to the try-line. Rea added the extras Peterborough RUFC 0 - Broadstreet RFC 26
Half Time: Peterborough RUFC 0 - Broadstreet RFC 26
Broadstreet looked likely to pick up where they left off in the 2nd half when Jordan Simpson broke from his own half, swerved past a number of players and headed for the try line. A last ditch tackle from the far-side winger caught Simpson and they bundled over the Peterborough try-line together, for most the 'Street team and Jordan it seemed a definite try but the referee judged the ball had been held up. Jordan returned to his position with a slightly panicked look on his face as the try deadline and subsequent naked forfeit looms ever closer.
The Peterborough pack, rallying around Number 8 Brudenell and 2nd row Jon Phillips, tightened up the game in the 2nd half making the game a lot harder for 'Street around the rucks and mauls. 10 minutes in the new tactics paid off and flanker Meadows got on the back of a catch'n'drive and directed the Peterborough pack over the 'Street try-line to score their first try of the game. Soon after the same happened on the opposite side of the pitch an almost mirror image of their 1st, this time Clarke in the try scoring position. Peterborough RUFC 12 - Broadstreet RFC 26
After dominating the 1st half the Broadstreet backs barely got the ball in the 2nd half and Joe Lowry, after coming on shortly after half time, touched the ball only once for the whole duration of his debut. With 15 to go, the Broadstreet forwards retaliated in kind to the Peterborough double and set up a Catch'n'drive of their own inside the Peterborough 22. Heading in field towards the posts the Peterborough team didn't notice replacement flanker Deano Watts fall off the back of the maul to sneak over untouched. Hopefully the try will stop Deano's week of waking up in cold sweats that stemmed from his stint filling in on the wing in the Longton game where whizz kid Chris Tennuci scored 4 tries against him. Jordan Simpson added the extras after Mark Rea was replaced for Joe Lowry - Peterborough RUFC 12 - Broadstreet RFC 33
With the game almost over Peterborough produced probably their best passage of play, Reed broke down the wing from his own half after fending off a number of would-be 'Street tacklers before eventually being hauled down just inside the 'Street 22. However he was able to offload to fly-half Chan who managed to win the race to the try-line to record a well deserved 3rd try.
Final Score: Peterborough RUFC 17 - Broadstreet RFC 33
Romey Vassell spearheading the attack, supplemented by some decent runs from Simpson and Ollie Marchon.
Jordan Simpson for scoring a try but not getting on the scoresheet!