Mon 05 Feb 2018 11:41

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Caldy RFC
Sedgley Park RUFC

Caldy 2s 28 - 20 Sedgley Tigers 2s

With Sedgley Tigers returning to form in the last few weeks this always going to be a tough game for Caldy. In spite of going into the second half with a 28 - 5 lead, it was. 

Thanks to some polish applied by Louis McGowan in the pre-match warm up Caldy opened strongly with a well worked try finished off by Peter Weller. Liam Isaacs added the extras, and with Caldy totally dominating the scrum it looked only a matter of time before the home side would score again - particularly since, to no avail, Sedgley seemed determined to run everything back at Caldy from deep in their own half. 

Caldy's second try did result from a scrum: Jake Smethurst tidying up a fumble at the base to evade Sedgley's scrambling defence to touch down. In a game in which conversions would prove important a fine place kick from Liam extended Caldy's lead to 14 nil. 

At this stage Tom Concu was tackling and carrying well, which was great to see on his return from a season-long injury. Pete Weller was also contributing some valuable continuity play. Nonetheless Sedgley looked dangerous on several occasions with the ball in hand. 

It was with some relief that good hands across the field put Ben Eaves away to beat several tacklers for Caldy's third try, with Liam providing the extras. 

The game may have changed shape soon after when Sedgley got the try they deserved. However, a visionary genius reverse cross kick from Liam Isaacs extended Caldy's lead; allowing Ben Eaves to collect and go over for the important bonus point try.

Coach Andrew Soutar warned at half time that Sedgley would come back strong in the second half. They did. But not strong enough to overhaul the home team. With 15 minutes to go and the score line at 28 - 20 Caldy showed the character coach Soutar asked for and closed the game down in terms of territory and possession. 

Callum Ridgway threw excellent darts today. Jon Bonner returned from a long layoff to get some game time. Rob Hardman once again turned back the years to contribute to Caldy's powerful scrum. Tom Fletcher stepped up from the Colts for his second team debut. And, adding great commitment in defence to a fine attacking display, together with a 100% conversion rate, Liam Isaacs was Caldy's man of the match. 


The team:

1) Tom Concu 

2) Callum Ridgway 

3) Rob Hardman 

4) Louis McGowan (c)

5) Joe Greenway 

6) Jack Sanders

7) Pete Weller

8) Ryen Spencer-Wolfe

9) Jake Smethurst 

10) Liam Isaacs

11) Cameron Owen

12) Lexi Mouarkach

13) Jordan Tisdale 

14) Ben Eaves

15) Andrew Soutar

16) Matthew Higson

17) Tom Fletcher 

18) Jon Bonner



Peter Weller

Jake Smethurst 

Ben Eaves (2)



Liam Isaacs (4)

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