Sat 24 Mar 2018

Leicester Forest RFC
Northampton Casuals RFC
Team : J Schoeman, J Van de Venter, A Irving, B Tarry, G Whitehead, N Lawrence (capt) A Lawrence, L Lawrence, M Farmer, M Judge, J Franklin, B Robertson, C Green, K Brian, S Howes

Replacements : R Hancock, J O'Doherty S Markus

Tries : L Lawrence, A Irving

Conversions : A Lawrence

MOM : A Irving

Leicester Forest 32 - Northampton Casuals 12

A second consecutive defeat saw the Casuals fall to third place in the league and outside of the automatic promotion positions. The game started evenly with the Casuals developing well to their first game on an artificial surface. However, a sustained spell of pressure saw Forest take the lead with a converted try on 22 minutes. A penalty on the stroke of half time extended the lead to ten points.

HT 10-0

The home side extended their lead further with an unconverted try early in the second half. On fifty minutes prop Lee Lawrence finished off a rolling maul for the Casuals first score of the game to reduce the deficit. The two sides then exchanged converted tries, The Casuals coming from a fine finish by centre Andy Irving converted by Aiden Lawrence to take the score to 22-12. Although the Casuals looked to be forcing their way back in to the game, they were unable to capitalize on a sustained spell of pressure. A converted breakaway try and a conversion from the home side resulted in a slightly flattering 32-12 final score.

FT 32 - 12