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11
OCT

Webb Ellis Road hosted two of Warwickshire’s best teams as Broadstreet and Rugby Lions hammered it out under Friday night lights in a physical game which encapsulated the tense atmosphere of local rivalry. The encounter played out under the gaze of a swollen crowd, paying testimony to the importance of a game that was as much a bid for bragging rights as it was an opportunity to advance their league positions.

Rugby Lions approached the game with a 3 point cushion over the visitors and this confidence prompted them to attack the game’s opening minutes with some brilliant offensive kicking which pinned ‘Street’ back into their own territory for much of the first half. However, ‘Streets’ defence held out and Rugby were reduced to two failed long range penalties and a snatched drop goal attempt, thus completely failing to transfer their possession and territorial advantages into vital points.

Instead it was Broadstreet who went in at half-time in front due to an 8th minute Danny Richards penalty. They even shifted the game’s momentum in their favour a minute from time when centre Tom Grimes broke from his own half, setting up an overlap for his backs that was unfortunately tied up by forwards in midfield just metres away from the Rugby line.

HT 0 – 3

Richards responded to the Lions’ strong 1st half kicking display with one of his own, isolating Rugby wing Tom Harris and peppering him with high balls which he only caught occasionally. ‘Street’ wing McGrory quickly pounced on one of his opposition’s errors, fly-hacking the ball out on the Lions’ 5 metre line. This prompted a quick turnover by the Broadstreet forwards from the following lineout and Richards extended his team’s lead to six from when Lions players were deemed to have been playing the ball from an off-side position at the ensuing breakdown.

Rugby provided the game’s controversy after touching down over the line twice before having both tries disallowed by the match officials. Both instances stemmed from some brilliant counter-attacking in broken play by the Lions’ backline which split the previously strong Broadstreet defence open for elusive Lions’ winger Jeff Gregson to exploit the retreating ‘Street’ line by showcasing the skills of a top finisher.

However, neither effort was awarded as a try. The first attempt was judged to have been kicked dead before the ball had been touched down, and then the second was ruined by a basic error when an unpressured pass to Gregson was undoubtedly forward.

A few minutes later Broadstreet’s Simon Morris responded to the second ‘try-scare’ with a strong run into the Lions half from the back of a line-out. This earned his team a penalty when the tackling player failed to roll away. Danny Richards slotted the penalty from 48 metres putting the home side out of bonus point range and ‘Street’ in a much more comfortable position.

With five minutes left on the clock Broadstreet slowed the game down, starving Rugby of much needed possession by working through the phases and trundling up to the opposition 22. This continued pressure frustrated the Rugby Lions players who gave away a silly penalty in their desperation to mount their own attack. Richards slotted his last penalty of the day to put the visitors firmly out of reach.

The game finished tensely 8 minutes after the stadium clock had indicated play should end, adding more drama to Broadstreet’s final defensive display as Rugby Lions hunted unsuccessfully for a losing bonus point.

Broadstreet have now won all three of their away fixtures this season and will hopefully use this strong defensive display as a platform to launch off when they host Westoe, who are just 1 point below ‘Street’ in the league, next week.

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