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Nuneaton
Bournville
D Bowyer, J Hughes, M Liwaliwa (2), L Thompson (2), N Rayabo
Tries
B Cooper (6)
Conversions
B Cooper (2)
Penalties
Sat 17 Nov 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands Premier Full time

Nuns 53 Bournville 40

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NUNS CLIMB MOUNTAIN TO BEAT BOURNVILLE

Nuns 53 Bournville 40.

NUNS CLIMB MOUNTAIN TO BEAT BOURNVILLE.

Despite a break from Midlands Premier action, the Nuns team selection continued to be effected by injuries. Ryan Leake, Sam Wallis and Arron Turner were all missing and in a reshuffled pack Dale Bowyer, Adie Hall and Arron Skyrme were in the starting XV. Jake Arms and Theo Knight joined Ben Holmes on the bench.

In ideal conditions for open rugby the game kicked off with the visitors having the benefit of the breeze. It didn’t take long for the first score. On 4 minutes Bournville’s winger Jordy Hop jinxed his way through a mesmerised Nuns defence and scrum half Rhys Harrhy converted. From the restart the Nuns went on the attack and won a penalty which Ben Cooper successfully kicked. Good defensive tackling kept the visitors in their own 22 and when the Nuns won a penalty they opted for a kick to the corner. Following the lineout the ball was recycled and hooker Dale Bowyer scored under the posts. Cooper added the conversion and the Nuns led 10- 7 after just 8 minutes. With strong tackling going in from both sides, Nuns’ Adie Hall was harshly red carded for a high tackle. Harrhy kicked the resultant penalty and the Nuns were down to 14 men for the remaining 68 minutes. Seemingly undeterred by the sending off the Nuns continued to attack. Taking advantage of a penalty award Moses Liwaliwa shrugged off tacklers to put Jackson Hughes in for a converted try and the Nuns were back in front. Both sides continued to play open rugby as tacklers were brushed aside. After a charged down clearance kick Bournville won a penalty and narrowed the deficit to 4 points. On 24 minutes the visitors broke out of their half and after a mazey run by Hop, full back Mark Coulson turned the Nuns defence inside out to score a converted try and put the visitors back into the lead 20-17. Only a forward pass denied the Nuns their third try but with Sam Greening and Arron Skyrme having to leave the field injured, the Nuns came under pressure. Harrhy kicked his third penalty and the visitors had a 6 point lead. Back came the Nuns and Liwaliwa held off would be tacklers and scored a converted try. With half time approaching a loose pass was intercepted by Ethan Walker for Bournville who raced 50 metres to score under the posts. Harrhy added the extras and the visitors led 30-24 at the interval.

A breathtaking first half of 6 converted tries, 4 penalties and a sending off – no shortage of action and a second half to follow.

Could the Nuns keep up the pace despite being a man short? They started as though they could. Within 5 minutes No. 8 Leigh Thompson got over for a try and with the Cooper conversion the Nuns were back in front. It was Bournville’s turn to attack and the Nuns were off side in front of their posts. Harrhy kicked the goal and the visitors led by 2 points. A spell of concentrated pressure by Bournville paid off when Walker grabbed his second try and with the conversion the visitors had an extended their lead to 9 points. No signs of the Nuns flagging as they set about getting back into the game. With 20 minutes to go the Nuns opted for a penalty kick to the corner. From the lineout and rolling maul, with the aid of a few backs, Liwaliwa was forced over and although Cooper missed the conversion the home supporters roared their support for a final effort.

The Nuns didn’t disappoint. For the next 10 minutes the Nuns restricted Bournville to their own half. Under pressure the visitors conceded a penalty and a yellow card for lock Ben Shimwell. Cooper kicked the goal and the Nuns trailed by 1 point. Momentum was now with the Nuns and from a glorious through kick by replacement Theo Knight, winger Nemani Rayabo gathered and shrugged off tacklers to score under the posts a converted try. Bournville were now a spent force. With their tails up the Nuns continued to apply pressure and Thompson added his second try and with the conversion the Nuns closed out a memorable win.

An outstanding, resilient performance by the Nuns who despite adversity never gave up. Not a game for the connoisseur, but for sheer entertainment value this game had it all. With this win the Nuns move up to seventh in Midlands Premier.


James Redman, Dale Bowyer, Sam Greening, Wills Messum, Adie Hall, Arron Skyrme, Callum Grant-Smith, Leigh Thompson, Tom Smitham, Ben Cooper, Nemani Rayabo, Moses Liwaliwa, Elliott Brown (Capt), Sion Cowdy, Jackson Hughes.

Bench:Ben Holmes, Jake Arms and Theo Knight.

Tries: Bowyer, Thompson 2, Liwaliwa 2, Rayabo, Hughes
Cons: Copper 6
Pens: Cooper 2
Bob Hansford

@nker radio 1386am & Online

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – March: Minehead Barbarians RFC

Key moments

7:00
Penalty Ben Cooper kicks a penalty for Nuneaton
11:00
Try Dale Bowyer scores for Nuneaton
11:00
Conversion Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
18:00
Try Jackson Hughes scores for Nuneaton
18:00
Conversion Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
36:00
Try Moses Liwaliwa scores for Nuneaton
36:00
Conversion Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
46:00
Try Leigh Thompson scores for Nuneaton
46:00
Conversion Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
62:00
Try Moses Liwaliwa scores for Nuneaton
73:00
Penalty Ben Cooper kicks a penalty for Nuneaton
74:00
Try Nemani Rayabo scores for Nuneaton
74:00
Conversion Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
80:00
Try Leigh Thompson scores for Nuneaton
80:00
Conversion Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton

Highlights

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80:00 Try 53 - 0
Leigh Thompson scores for Nuneaton
80:00 Conversion 48 - 0
Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
74:00 Try 46 - 0
Nemani Rayabo scores for Nuneaton
74:00 Conversion 41 - 0
Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
73:00 Penalty 39 - 0
Ben Cooper kicks a penalty for Nuneaton
62:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Cooper misses a conversion for Nuneaton
62:00 Try 36 - 0
Moses Liwaliwa scores for Nuneaton
60:00 Sub On
Theo Knight is substituted on for Nuneaton
60:00 Sub Off
Sion Cowdy is substituted off for Nuneaton
46:00 Try 29 - 0
Leigh Thompson scores for Nuneaton
46:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
End of period 1
36:00 Try 24 - 0
Moses Liwaliwa scores for Nuneaton
36:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
30:00 Sub Off
Arron Skyrme is substituted off for Nuneaton
30:00 Sub On
Jake Arms is substituted on for Nuneaton
20:00 Sub On
Ben Holmes is substituted on for Nuneaton
20:00 Sub Off
Sam Greening is substituted off for Nuneaton
18:00 Try 15 - 0
Jackson Hughes scores for Nuneaton
18:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
12:00 Red Card
Adie Hall is sent off for Nuneaton
11:00 Conversion 5 - 0
Ben Cooper kicks a conversion for Nuneaton
11:00 Try 10 - 0
Dale Bowyer scores for Nuneaton
7:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Ben Cooper kicks a penalty for Nuneaton
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As it happened

  • Nuneaton
  • Bournville
  • 0
  • Ben Cooper Penalty 7:00'
  • Dale Bowyer Try 11:00'
  • Ben Cooper Conversion 11:00'
  • Adie Hall Red Card 12:00'
  • Jackson Hughes Try 18:00'
  • Ben Cooper Conversion 18:00'
  • Ben Holmes Sub On 20:00'
  • Sam Greening Sub Off 20:00'
  • Jake Arms Sub On 30:00'
  • Arron Skyrme Sub Off 30:00'
  • Moses Liwaliwa Try 36:00'
  • Ben Cooper Conversion 36:00'
  • Leigh Thompson Try 46:00'
  • Ben Cooper Conversion 46:00'
  • Theo Knight Sub On 60:00'
  • Sion Cowdy Sub Off 60:00'
  • Moses Liwaliwa Try 62:00'
  • Ben Cooper Penalty 73:00'
  • Nemani Rayabo Try 74:00'
  • Ben Cooper Conversion 74:00'
  • Leigh Thompson Try 80:00'
  • Ben Cooper Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Hughes, Jackson Hughes, Jackson
Rayabo, Nemani Rayabo, Nemani
Brown, Elliott Brown, Elliott
Liwaliwa, Moses Liwaliwa, Moses
Cowdy, Sion Cowdy, Sion
Cooper, Ben Cooper, Ben
Smitham, Tom Smitham, Tom
Thompson, Leigh Thompson, Leigh
Grant-Smith, Callum Grant-Smith, Callum
Skyrme, Arron Skyrme, Arron
Hall, Adie Hall, Adie
Messum, Wills Messum, Wills
Greening, Sam Greening, Sam
Bowyer, Dale Bowyer, Dale
Redman, James Redman, James

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Sheffield 26 66
7. Burton 26 62
8. Nuneaton 26 61
9. Sandbach 26 61
10. Bournville 26 56
11. Doncaster Phoenix 26 54
12. Syston 26 46

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