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p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #00ff00;"strongBroadstreet RFC off to a promising start as they down last year’s high riding South Leicester RFC in early season sunshine.nbsp;nbsp;/strong/span/p

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p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt;"span style="margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; float: left; display: inline-table;" class="wf_caption"img src="http://www.broadstreet-rugby.co.uk//images/stories/Lees_Photos/Nick-Thatcher-2.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Nick-Thatcher-2" /strongspan style="max-width: 150px; text-align: center; display: block; color: #0000ff;"strongNick Thatcher/strong/span /strong /spanThere were many ifs and buts about this match against last season’s third placed outfit a href="http://www.broadstreet-rugby.co.uk//south-leicester-rugby-club.html" title="South Leicester RFC"strongSouth Leicester RFC/strong/a; with too many butts really! If there had been a team of three officials then there would have been less butts and the game would not have witnessed a shameful six yellow cards and one red card, almost overshadowing the excellent rugby on display writes strongBob Harcourt/strong. nbsp;In the circumstances, the lone referee managed the constant off the ball ‘incidents’ with great credit. Unfortunately, innocent victims saw yellow as the amazingly calm adjudicator carded pairs of players in an attempt to get his message across. Mrs Freemantle earns the quote of the game when witnessing her threequarter son, who was on his back; being head-butted by a bulky forward, shouted, “Leave him alone, he’s a lover not a fighter”!nbsp; Enough, more of the rugby! ‘Street recorded six tries to three in, what was otherwise, a hard, fast encounter with strongSouth Leicester/strong’s big players showing strong in the collision and ‘Street’s pacy threequarters a constant threat./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt;"span style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; float: right; display: inline-table;" class="wf_caption"img src="http://www.broadstreet-rugby.co.uk//images/stories/Lees_Photos/Will-Owen-2.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Will-Owen-2" /strongspan style="max-width: 150px; text-align: center; display: block; color: #0000ff;"Will Owen/span /strong /spanstrong/strongCentre span style="color: #0000ff;"strongWill Owen/strong/span pounced on a wayward ball; which had been, yes, ‘headed’ forward by a ‘Street player in attack, to run in between the sticks after four minutes. Fly half, span style="color: #0000ff;"strongLee Chapman/strong/span converted. 7 – 0.nbsp; Both kickers failed with penalty attempts as the game entered the second quarter, before prop span style="color: #0000ff;"strongBen Dawes/strong/span and an opponent earned 10 minutes each for other players’ earlier indiscretions and it took until the 30th minute for the hosts to increase their lead.nbsp; With strongSouth Leicester/strong pressuring ‘Street’s line, lock span style="color: #0000ff;"strongAndrew Solomon/strong/span ripped the ball away for a ‘Street counter, which, after a kick and chase and another turnover near the visitor’s line resulting in winger span style="color: #0000ff;"strongAndy Murray/strong/span diving over. span style="color: #0000ff;"strongChapman/strong/span added the points. 14 – 0.nbsp; Four minutes later, tails up ‘Street kicked ahead into strongSouthnbsp;Leicester/strong's 22 and a defensive penalty allowed tearaway scrum half span style="color: #0000ff;"strongNick Thatcher/strong/span to tap and go straight through untouched to the posts. span style="color: #0000ff;"strongChapman/strong/span added. 21 – 0.nbsp; Approaching half time, two more yellow cards for yet another off the ball incident saw South’s hooker and an innocent span style="color: #0000ff;"strongSimon Morris/strong/span despatched to the bin, but there was enough time before the break for span style="color: #0000ff;"strongThatcher/strong/span to grab his second with another quick penalty tap following a scrum infringement. This time he needed to beat three defenders wide right to round to the posts. span style="color: #0000ff;"strongChapman/strong/span added two points. 28 – 0 and Half Time./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt;"span style="margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; float: left; display: inline-table;" class="wf_caption"img src="http://www.broadstreet-rugby.co.uk//images/stories/Lees_Photos/Ben-Dawes-2.jpg" width="149" height="150" alt="Ben-Dawes-2" /strongspan style="max-width: 149px; text-align: center; display: block; color: #0000ff;"strongBen Dawes/strong/span /strong /spanIt took just four minutes for another yellow card to be issued, this time South’s lock killed ball on his own line but from the subsequent lineout prop span style="color: #0000ff;"strongBen Dawes/strong/span powered off the back of a drive to score. span style="color: #0000ff;"strongChapman/strong/span converted from wide out to take ‘Street 35 – 0 up.nbsp; A great defensive lineout turnover by number 8 and captain, span style="color: #0000ff;"strongSimon Morris/strong/span, allowed ‘Street to move up field where span style="color: #0000ff;"strongChapman/strong/span added a penalty after a South player had, yet again, killed possession. 38 – 0.nbsp; South Leicester, probably fearing a rout, actually started to play some great rugby and were rewarded going into the last quarter with a superb try, after a switch of play direction left backs against forwards. The conversion was missed. 38 – 5.nbsp; span style="color: #0000ff;"strongChapman/strong/span landed another penalty following a ruck offence, 41 – 5, and after a series of phases in the home 22, South’s patience was rewarded with a seven pointer on 26 minutes. 41 – 12.nbsp; Eight minutes later, South employed the same patient build up in ‘Street territory for their forwards to bulldozer over for a third touch-down 41 – 19; but ‘Street had the last word with span style="color: #0000ff;"strongThatcher/strong/span racing off a ruck out wide to register his hat-trick. span style="color: #0000ff;"strongChapman/strong/span’s attempt shaved the posts bringing the final tally to 46 – 19, but not before South’s lock span style="color: #0000ff;"strongWard/strong/span blatantly killed ‘Street attacking possession, earning him a second yellow and a red as a consequence./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="color: #0000ff;"strongspan style="font-size: 12pt;"span style="margin: 0px 0px 0px 10px; float: right; display: inline-table;" class="wf_caption"img src="http://www.broadstreet-rugby.co.uk//images/stories/Lees_Photos/Callum-Tucker-2.jpg" width="150" height="150" alt="Callum-Tucker-2" /span style="max-width: 150px; text-align: center; display: block;"strongCallum Tucker/strong/span/spanstrongCallum Tucker/strong/span /strong /spanspan style="font-size: 12pt;" stood strong in the forwards, taking many high balls under pressure and span style="color: #0000ff;"strongThatcher/strong/span’s quickness of thought and action edged notice in a very talented back line; but truly a grand team performance by all, given the presence of five players on debut.nbsp; Despite a flurry of first half unforced errors, ‘Street showed great promise in a game that many billed as a possible loss, given the respective form of both clubs last season./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt;"Team: Dawes, Pearl, Tatlow, Tucker, Solomon, Beddows, Munro, Morris, Thatcher, Chapman, Murray, Freemantle, Owen, Gregson, Richards. Reps: Wilkes, Turner, Brittain./span/p

p style="text-align: justify;"span style="font-size: 12pt;"Next week promises another huge test as the Boys in Red travel away to take on last year’s promotion play-off team, strongSutton Coldfield RFC/strong./span/p

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