Thu 18 Jan 2018 10:59

Sat 6 Jan 2018

Northampton Casuals RFC
Queens RUFC
Team : D Taylor, W Howes, A Stephenson, B Tarry, J Schoeman, N Lawrence (capt), A Lawrence, L Lawrence, M Farmer, M Judge, J Franklin, J Crowson, K Brian, J Van Der Venter, S Howes

Replacements : J O'Doherty, M Wainwright, G Whitehead

Tries : J Schoeman, J Franklin, L Lawrence

Conversions : J Schoeman (2)

MOM : Mark Judge

A comfortable win looked on the cards when the Casuals surged into an early 14-0 win with fine tries from winger Jon Schoeman and second row James Franklin, both converted by Schoeman. Queens then battled back with the Casuals having to defend a sustained spell of pressure before prop Lee Lawrence rumbled over on the 26th minute to give the Casuals a 19-0 lead. The Casuals dominated the rest of the half but missed a number of opportunities to extend their lead and secure a bonus point. Queens secured their first points of the game with a penalty before half time.

HT : 19-3

Having made a number of changes at half time the Casuals failed to find their rhythm in the second half. Queens gradually fought their way back into the game with two unconverted tries seeing them enter the last 10 minutes within one score of the home side. A sustained spell of pressure saw the Bedford side score a hotly disputed try in the corner with the last play of the game. Fortunately for the Casuals, the missed conversion enabled the home side to hold on for a narrow victory.

FT : 19-18