Sat 10 Feb 2018

Rushden & Higham RUFC
Northampton Casuals RFC
Team : N Lawrence (capt) J Schoeman, A Irving, A Stephens, J Van Der Venter, B Tarry, G Hirst, L Lawrence, J O'Doherty, W Cheyne, J Franklin, A Frost, R Hughes, K Brian, P Dent

Replacements : M Farmer, J Wardle, G Whitehead

Tries : J Franklin, L Lawrence, N Lawrence (2) J Van Der Venter, J Schoeman

Conversions : J Schoeman

MOM : J O'Doherty

In spite of difficult playing conditions, the Casuals dominated this re-arranged fixture from the start. Following an early spell of sustained pressure, veteran second row James Franklin touched down the Casuals first try on three minutes. with prop Lee Lawrence crossing five minutes later to double the visitors lead. Midway through the first half the Casuals lost scrum half Gary Hirst to injury with the captain moving in to scrum half. The Casuals continued to dominate and finished the half strongly with a home side penalty separating tries from Niall Lawrence, converted by Jonny Schoeman, a try from Schoeman himself and try from winger Jannie Van Der Venter who finished a fine move with the last play of the half..

HT 3 - 27

Although Rushden rallied a little early in the second half, the Casuals defence remained strong. Following a breakaway captain Niall Lawrence extending the visitors lead with his second try of the game on 53 minutes. The Casuals then reasserted themselves and looked set to extend their lead further when the game was brought to an premature end on 65 minutes as a Rushden player was injured in the tackle. Although the game was stopped, the result stands as a victory for the Casuals. The Rushden player was fortunately not seriously injured.

FT 3 - 32