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Lichfield RUFC 24 Sutton Coldfield RUFC 67

Lichfield RUFC suffered their biggest defeat for some years against a well drilled Sutton Coldfield outfit who were sitting second in the league table.

The Myrtle Greens entered the game after a few weeks of inactivity due to the weather and this certainly showed in the first ten minutes when Sutton scored two converted tries, the first through their impressive loose head prop Brooke Davies and the second by openside flanker Ben Bottomley, both of these were converted by fly half Daniel Poulton.

Lichfield eventually started to get back into the game with some excellent rush defence producing good turnover ball and it was from one of these turnovers which Jack Sprocic scored an excellent try, beating several players and showing great pace to score after 20 minutes. This was converted by Luke Massey.

Sutton then immediately hit back with two quick tries scored by Dave Edwards and another for Ben Bottomley, the second of which was converted by Poulton.

Just before interval the Lichfield backs again showed excellent pace against their heavier opponents to get on the outside of the Sutton defence and put Josh Massey away in the corner, converted from the touchline by the try scorer himself.

The hosts went in at the break 12 points down and would now be playing with the wind at their backs.

Unfortunately the second half started poorly with the Sutton full-back Josh Groom exploiting some poor Lichfield defence to cross the line.

The Myrtle Greens immediately hit back with an excellent build up and pressure leading to number eight Tom Paulson crossing the line wide out, this was again converted by Josh Massey who following this up with a penalty three minutes later.

Once again the home side were back in the game at 31-24 down with 30 minutes to go.

What followed was the poorest Lichfield have played for a number of seasons and in chasing the game and the fourth try they went back to old habits and tried to play too much rugby in the wrong areas of the park.

Sutton punished the young Lichfield side but were helped by some half-hearted defence and scored a further five tries through Groom, Poulton, Edwards, Raistrick and replacement Rayner, three of these converted by Poulton who also added a penalty.

The last 30 minutes will have served a harsh lesson on how not to play at this level and will certainly provide motivation for the Myrtle Greens to ensure this does not happen again.

Lichfield face a Walsall side that they have beaten twice already this season at Cooke Fields this Saturday (December 18), but they will do so knowing that a result like this will not strike any fear into their opponents.

Lichfield: Taylor, Gabbitass, Bassett (c), Fennimore, Squire, Thompson, Burton, Paulson; Butler, L Massey, Sprocic, Adams, G Massey, Brear, J Massey. Subs: Savage, Hicks, Brown.

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1 Comment

  1. Richard Shorthouse

    24th December, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Hopefully they’ll bounce back.