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Nuneaton
Bridgnorth
B Kirby (2)
Tries
H Thomas
Conversions
H Thomas
Penalties
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands Premier Full time

Nuns 1st XV slip to another defeat...

Nuns 1st XV slip to another defeat...

Nuns 15 Bridgnorth 33.

Injuries to regular starters and non availability of players continued to plague Huw Thomas’ team selection. There were 7 faces missing from the side that started the last game at Bournville. Back from injury though were Danny Southall, Tom Aherne and Ben Kirby and making his first appearance in a Nuns first team shirt was Tiarnan Kelly.

In surprisingly good underfoot conditions the Nuns went in search of their first win since beating Old Halesonians on February 2nd. It didn’t start well, conceding three penalties in the first 3 minutes but the visitors failed to take advantage. The Nuns then sprung into attacking mode and on 7 minutes after good interplay amongst the forwards Ben Kirby in space eluded two covering tacklers to score an excellent try. Huw Thomas’ conversion attempt drifted wide. With both sides using their forwards to advance it was the visitors’ pack that looked the stronger particularly at the set scrum. Fourteen minutes played and Bridgnorth drew level. Powerful running and swift passes gave full back Matt Farrington space on the outside and he scored in the corner. Llew Williams missed the conversion. The initiative was now with the visitors but the Nuns defence held up under the pressure. However, the Nuns were about to be hit with a blow that would turn the game in Bridgnorths favour. Referee Sarah Toll adjudged Nuns’ Huw Thomas to have deliberately knocked on and was sent from the field for 10 minutes. Without their chief organiser the Nuns soon went behind. Firstly the visitors pack created space and Williams cut through to score a try which he converted. Barely 2 minutes later a break out saw replacement Will Biddell go over and when Williams added the conversion the visitors had a 14 points lead. Nuns were still in the game but threw away a good attacking opportunity with a poor lineout routine and Bridgnorth were able to clear the danger. In first half add on time the visitors went further ahead. Swift handling sent scrum half Gaz Blades in for a try and Williams added the conversion to give Bridgnorth a flattering 26-5 interval lead.

Whatever was said by the Nuns’ coaches at the break had immediate effect as the homeside went on the attack. Tom Smitham weaved his way deep into the visitors half and Kirby was on hand to round off the move with a try under the posts. His second try of the game and with the conversion the scoreboard had a respectable look about it at 12-26. Bridgnorth continued with their powerful running and offloads but could not convert their advantage into points. Ten minutes into the half and Nuns were unlucky to have a Tom Aherne try disallowed for crossing.

They continued to attack with their backs and Thomas kicked a penalty to bring them to within 11 points. Any thoughts of a memorable comeback were quickly extinguished. After a bout of continual pressure in Nuns 22, “Man of the Match” Llew Williams stormed through to score his second try and with his conversion settled the result of the game. Despite their obvious limitations the Nuns battled on using their replacements in an attempt to narrow the gap. Near the end the Nuns suffered a cruel blow. Ben Kirby left the field with an ankle injury that subsequently needed a hospital visit and probably rules him out for the rest of the season. Another name to add to the long list of players currently on the injured list. A brave show by a Nuns side that won the second half 10-7, but the first half yellow card cost them dear. With many inexperienced players at this level, the Nuns nevertheless gave it their all.

Team.
Ben Holmes, Callum Grant-Smith, Sam Greening, Rudi Reid, Tom Aherne, Arron Skryme, Danny Southall, Todd Bullions (capt),
Tom Smitham, Huw Thomas, Adam Stauvers, Moses Liwaliwa, Ben Kirby, Manasa Volaikisuva, Jackson Hughes,

Bench.
Dan Oselton, Sam Wallis and Tiarnan Kelly.

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Key moments

8:00
Try Ben Kirby scores for Nuneaton
43:00
Try Ben Kirby scores for Nuneaton
44:00
Conversion Huw Thomas kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
53:00
Penalty Huw Thomas kicks a penalty for Nuneaton

Highlights

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64:00 Sub Off
Moses Liwaliwa is substituted off for Nuneaton
64:00 Sub On
Manasa Volaikisuva is substituted on for Nuneaton
60:00 Sub On
Dan Oselton is substituted on for Nuneaton
60:00 Sub Off
Sam Greening is substituted off for Nuneaton
60:00 Sub On
Sam Wallis is substituted on for Nuneaton
60:00 Sub Off
Arron Skyrme is substituted off for Nuneaton
60:00 Sub On
Tiarnan Kelly is substituted on for Nuneaton
60:00 Sub Off
Manasa Volaikisuva is substituted off for Nuneaton
53:00 Penalty 15 - 0
Huw Thomas kicks a penalty for Nuneaton
44:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Huw Thomas kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
43:00 Try 10 - 0
Ben Kirby scores for Nuneaton
End of period 1
26:00 Yellow Card
Huw Thomas is yellow carded for Nuneaton
9:00 Missed Conversion
Huw Thomas misses a conversion for Nuneaton
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Ben Kirby scores for Nuneaton
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Nuneaton
  • Bridgnorth
  • 0
  • Ben Kirby Try 8:00'
  • Huw Thomas Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Ben Kirby Try 43:00'
  • Huw Thomas Conversion 44:00'
  • Huw Thomas Penalty 53:00'
  • Dan Oselton Sub On 60:00'
  • Sam Greening Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sam Wallis Sub On 60:00'
  • Arron Skyrme Sub Off 60:00'
  • Tiarnan Kelly Sub On 60:00'
  • Manasa Volaikisuva Sub Off 60:00'
  • Manasa Volaikisuva Sub On 64:00'
  • Moses Liwaliwa Sub Off 64:00'

Team selection

Hughes, Jackson Hughes, Jackson
Volaikisuva, Manasa Volaikisuva, Manasa
Kirby, Ben Kirby, Ben
Liwaliwa, Moses Liwaliwa, Moses
Stauvers, Adam Stauvers, Adam
Thomas, Huw Thomas, Huw
Smitham, Tom Smitham, Tom
Bullions, Todd Bullions, Todd
Southall, Danny Southall, Danny
Skyrme, Arron Skyrme, Arron
Reid, Rudi Reid, Rudi
Aherne, Thomas Aherne, Thomas
Greening, Sam Greening, Sam
Grant-Smith, Callum Grant-Smith, Callum
Holmes, Ben Holmes, Ben

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Sandbach 26 73
8. Derby 26 69
9. Nuneaton 26 63
10. Bournville 26 60
11. Lichfield 26 48
12. Newbold on Avon 26 43
13. Longton 26 38

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