Swaffham proud of close comeback

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Swaffham 31

Wymondham 32

On paper this is one of the toughest games of the season.

Wymondham, having been relegated into the league last year, have pedigree and experience and certainly for the best part of the first half Swaffham did everything they could to help the opposition.

Poor individual decisions in attack led to opportunities being missed and saw the visitors take a number of well constructed scores to be 18-0 up.

Swaffham’s attack did spark into action. Max Thompson scored first with a typically direct carry to the line following some good interlinking from the pack. Daniel Spencer added the extras, which finished the half 7-18.

Swaffham seemed to have the edge in defence but gave a lot of penalties away at the breakdown as the away pack seemed to be on the ball fast.

The second half started equally badly for the home side as Wymondham stretched their lead to 32-7. But with a large and very vocal crowd on hand the hosts started to play.

From a rare penalty from the Wymondham defence the ball was kicked to the corner, Matty Taylor rose in the line out and secured the ball and a well structured drive was set. Three of the backs joined and Marc Lockwood was driven over for the second try.

Now with their tails up Swaffham drove deep into Wymondham territory. With Wymondham scrambling to defend the referee decided that cynical play in slowing the ball down deserved 10 minutes for one of the visitors. However no points were scored in this period.

Almost at the point the man returned from the bin Alan Hill was shown a yellow card for a similar offence.

The home team stepped up gears and a jinxing run in the backs linked with Taylor to score which was converted by Spencer.

The clock was now against the hosts and they threw everything at getting at least a point out of the game, which they managed to do. John Chamberlain got the four-try bonus point in a rare appearance on the scoreboard.

The conversion was rightly rushed to ensure the game restarted even though the kick was missed.

Swaffham took the restart and finally released Jordan Mustard who popped up outside Ed Jones on the wing to round Wymondham’s defence and run under the posts to give the final kick of the game to Spencer who completed the scoring to finish the game.

The rugby in the last 20 minutes was some of the best the team had played.

The defensive line was at points outstanding but players have to adapt to the referee and his decisions.

Britmindo Man of the Match: Daniel Barnard.

Under 15

Lowestoft & Yarmouth RUFC 22 Swaffham 39

AeroExpo Swaffham U15s were playing their last game of a successful 2014 against their old foes as both sides were missing important players.

Very soon Swaffham U15s put the pressure on, and were rewarded with two well taken tries by Anwar Bouilouta. L&Y’s powerful winger then scored the first of his double.

Swaffham U15s responded in true fashion by scoring a long range effort through Maxx Hudson, who ran from his own 10-metre line to score in the corner. His second try was a carbon copy.

Captain Louis Cooper was forced to go off for a spell at the start of the second half, and his influence and leadership skills were to be seen when L&Y ran in two tries.

Bouilouta got his hat-trick try using brute strength following a great passage of link up play between forwards and backs.

The centre partnership between Bouilouta and David Hogg has grown over their years together, and Hogg was rewarded with a great try from halfway.

The most pleasing try came from Richard Joisce, who was on the end of another flowing move on the outside. Five of the seven tries were scored on the outside.

L&Y had some big units, and credit to Swaffham for matching their physicality.

Credit to Gabe starting at 10 for the first time, Ryan Bayne and Charlie Moreton for travelling but not playing.

Forwards Man of the Match: Liam Deardon. Backs: Anwar Bouilouta.

Scorers. Tries: Anwar Bouilouta (3), Maxx Hudson (2), David Hogg, Richard Joisce. Conversions: Johnny Warner (2).

The coaches would like to extend festive greetings and thanks to the players and their families.