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Your News Broadstreet 73 - Leamington 5

Hosted by Midland 1s Leamington and a heavy downfall, Broadstreet travelled to the Moorefields ground with a selection of new recruits who were all hoping to make an impression and secure a starting spot in next weeks opening league fixture against Luton. In addition to the 7 new players who played against Kidwelly:

- Matt Fielder (Winger/Fullback) Rugby Lions

- Mark Schropfer (Scrumhalf/utility back) Bedwas

- Matt Evans (2nd row) Whitchurch

- Edward Juniour (Winger) Harlequins RL Academy

- Chris Zutic (Backrow) - Earlsdon

Despite the terrible conditions the match began with a lot of intensity, Broadstreet rolled down the pitch with a series of pickngoes which highlighted the packs size superiority from the get go. New scrum-half Mark Schropfer obviously felt very comfortable behind the pack so he sniped round the ruck fringe and broke up the blind after 5 minutes, Nick Thatcher at fly-half broke the Leamington line from the next breakdown before off-loading to Damian dago Taylor who crashed over under the posts for his 2nd try in as many games. 7-0

However, Leamington bit back very quickly and put together their best spell of the match, competing fiercely at the breakdowns with forwards providing some good platforms for penetrating runs from their back-line. This led to Broadstreet conceding a number of penalties in their own 22 which Leamington took advantage of through a quick-tapped penalty which created an overlap for the home-side to touch down in the corner. 7-5

Unfortunately for Leamington Street took control of the game from there out, new winger Brett Chatwin reacted well to turnover ball hitting the line at full pace from deep, cruising past the defensive line untouched to score the second. Thatch benefitted from Dagos 2nd sit-down in as many games running off his offload beating the defender with a dummy to score Broadtreets 3rd. 19-5

Mark Schropfer scored on his debut, once again taking advantage of his dominant forward pack by bursting round the outside of the retreating defence from 5 metres out once the trundling forwards had sucked everyone in. However, the try of the half was started by winger Matt Fielder who with fast feet beat 4-5 defenders cutting in from his wing and taking Street 25 metres forward into the Leamington 22. New 2nd row Matt Evans took the ball at pace directly off 2nd phase ball and powered on to score beneath the sticks leaving a trail of players in his wake. 33-5

Half Time 33-5

The 2nd half began as the 1st ended, ten minutes in hooker Dave Irvine crashed over for a try after Ben Dawes had gained field position with a powerful run up the middle. Broadstreet exhibited fantastic broken field running from the back-line as they kept the ball alive by offloading out of contact, this move which began in their own half was rounded off by Andy Skene. Thatch took his second soon after with his second dummy from the fly-half position. 52-5

2nd Row Matt Evans capped off an impressive performance with his second try of the match. Once again he took the ball at pace and his size and speed seemed to scare everyone off in his path as he ran in from 40 metres without being touched, one Leamington defender seemed to consider making the effort to tackle him but seemingly decided against it. This was to be the breaking point for Leamington and they failed to offer anything else from then on, a try immediately from the restart summed up the mood of both teams. For Leamington it capped off a poor 2nd half display and for Street it encapsulated some excellent free flowing rugby that carved up the defence with excellent passing at pace and running into spaces leaving Andy Skene to grab his second. 66-5

Thatch rounded off the match with the last play of the match with his 3rd dummy at fly-half earning him his 3rd try of the match. It is hard to judge the validity of such a performance as it is obvious that Broadstreet will not be given the space to play such expansive attacking football in National 3, however it is encouraging to see this style of play being tried when given the opportunity.

Full Time 73-5

MotM Mark Schropfer excellent distribution in terrible weather

DotD Eddie Simkiss excellent take and 35 metre run off a kick off (1 season too late)

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