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Your News South Leicester 34 - Broadstreet 36

Tom Hoines was forced to make a couple of changes to his undefeated side as

Simon Morris suffered through Illness and James Rooke had other commitments.

Chris Dodd slotted in easily to replace Moz at 7 allowing Chris Zutic on to

the bench, from where he would make his 1st XV debut, whilst Sam Went

started at second row.

The start of the match unfortunately seemed like a continuation of the poor

finish to last week's match, with South Leicester kicking to the corner and

starting a driving maul. This was once again dealt with ineffectually and

after only 3 minutes play South drove over to register the firsts points of

the game when blindside flanker Josh McLaurin touched down in the corner.

Mark Lord's conversion was unsuccessful. 5-0

Despite this poor start Broadstreet began exhibiting some good phases over

the next 10 minutes holding on to good field position and possession, this

manifested into a Broadstreet scrum on the South Leicester 5m line. An early

push from South led to a quick free-kick taken by scrummy Nick Thatcher who

fed Ben Dawes and Ed Simkiss in two successive quick phases before a 'George

Gregan-esque' inside pop to Carl Southwell who hit the ball at pace and

managed to dive over the line. Tom Stokes missed conversion. 5-5

South Leicester looked very dangerous and looked like they could score from

all areas of the pitch, and they tried to run it 3 times from their own 22

in the opening quarter of the match. On 20 minutes they created an overlap

deep inside their own half which could have potentially resulted in a try

for themselves, however a shockingly loose pass not only butchered their own

opportunity but allowed 'Street fly half Cameron Pimlow to pounce on the

loose ball and grubber through, a little bit of football dribbling later and

he had scored beneath the posts. Tom Stokes managed to convert the extra

points but 2 minutes later missed a penalty. 12-5

South followed a simple game plan of shipping it out wide as fast and as

often as possible, they created overlaps seemingly at will and their

superior size in the backline made every attack dangerous. On 25 minutes one

of South's attacks seemed to be running out of space until winger Matt

Fisher beat Broadstreet's winger Matty Fielder all too easily to get at the

covering fullback who was overloaded with attackers and beaten with a simple

inside pass to the oncoming Dan Holmes. Mark Lord added the conversion


Just before the half, a fantastic break up the middle by Jordan Simpson

which gained 30+ metres and also fed Andy Skene who was unlucky not to

score, being held up over the line. The resulting scrum allowed a couple of

strong forward carries from the usual suspects of Dawes and Dago which

sucked in the defence creating an overlap on the wing which Tom Stokes

finished excellently. Unfortunately conversion was missed. 17-12

Half Time 17-12

Straight after half time Tom Stokes missed a kickable penalty, but more

frustrating was that from the next possession South Leicester capitalised

and scored. Quick ball out to centre Connor Smith allowed him to get on the

outside of the Broadstreet defence and gas it down the line until he reached

the fullback, his deft chip and chase allowed him to stick on the after

burners, cruise past the 'Street covering defenders and score. 19-17

Minutes later South Leicester seemed to be taking control of the game and

Broadstreet continued to display weakness at opposition lineout, clean ball

from a driving maul was sent wide off 1st phase which somehow allowed

South's Matt Fisher to score in the corner. Head Coach Tom Hoines made a

tactical change bringing on winger Brett Chatwin to help solve the problem.


On 56 minutes Cam Pimlow took over the kicking duties from the substituted

Tom Stokes but couldn't find his form immediately either. However, from the

resultant 22 dropout 'Street surged forward with a number of attacks camping

in South's 22 for a lengthy period, a kick to the corner instead of a shot

at posts enabled Broadstreet to try their own catch and drive. The drive

rolled inwards and was stopped just before the try-line, but also sucked in

enough defenders to create an overlap blind. Despite having flier Brett

Chatwin outside him, prop Ben Dawes elected to go it alone and fortunately

burst through a couple of tackles to register the points, otherwise he

wouldn't have been popular with team mates. Cam Pimlow missed conversion


For the second week running Broadstreet looked vulnerable at the lineout and

on 64 minutes South's hooker Marcus Badham latched onto the back of a

driving maul and steered it over the try-line, converted by Mark Lord. From

the next re-start South Leicester centre Joe Gavin lost his head and

blatantly walked round the side and prevented 'Street playing the ball and

earned himself a yellow card with 15 minutes to go. 31-22

From that penalty, clean ball off the lineout was fed to Cam Pimlow who

executed a fantastic dummy switch-inside pop to the oncoming Brett Chatwin,

who cut through the South defence and beat the fullback to score beneath the

post. Mark Lord extended the lead with a penalty with 9 minutes to go, but

momentum seemed to be shifting in the opposite direction. 34-29

With 5 minutes to go and with South Leicester about to be reimbursed with

their sin-binned player Broadstreet continued to work their way up the

pitch, a series of pick'n'goes dragging in the South Leicester defence,

'Street finally stumbled on an effective way to deal with the dangerous

South back-line. Cam Pimlow switched blind quickly, picked an excellent line

and was fed by Eddie Simkiss, being tracked by the full-back and the

covering defence he drew the man and switched with Brett Chatwin who powered

through the two covering tackles to touch down in the corner. 34-34

After a poor kicking display from Broadstreet pressure was on Pimlow to put

'Street ahead with little time left, one of the hardest kicks of the day

from near the touch-line......................

Final Score 36-34

MotM - Nick Thatcher for a tireless display especially in defence

DotD - Brett Chatwin for missing training to go to Amsterdam, barely

sneaking onto the bench and almost leaving it too late

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