Mon 22 Jan 2018 07:42

Sat 20 Jan 2018

Northampton Casuals RFC
Long Eaton RFC
Team : D Taylor, W Howes, J Schoeman, A Irving, K Brian, N Lawrence (capt) A Lawrence, L Lawrence. M Farmer, J Wardle, J Franklin, , J Crowson, R Hughes, O Butel, S Howes

Replacements : B Tarry, M Judge. J Van der Venter

Tries : N Lawrence (2) L Lawrence

Conversions : J Schoeman (2)

Penalties : J Schoeman 1

The Casuals started well in difficult conditions with a sustained spell of pressure leading to fly half Niall Lawrence scoring under the posts after 9 minutes with Jonny Schoeman's conversion giving the home side a 7-0 lead. However, an in form Long Eaton side hit back quickly with three tries (two converted) and a penalty in 15 minutes seeing them open up a 15 point lead as half time approached. After 36 minutes Lee Lawrence crashed over from a line out, this with Schoeman's conversion bringing the Rushmills side back into the game.

HT 14-22

The Casuals started the second half the better with an early penalty from Jonny Schoeman reducing the deficit and a 56th minute try from Niall Lawrence leveling the game. At this stage, the home side looked the more likely victors. However, the Casuals were unable to keep the momentum going and having not scored from a further spell of sustained pressure, they saw the away side take control with three penalties in the last 15 minutes seeing them take the game.

FT 22-31.