|1st XV Report - Sat 17th March 2007 v Casuals
Boro dominated for long periods of this match and ran in six converted tries from various parts of the field. Richard Mallard was a late call up to the front row and it was obvious from the outset the difference experience can make to the side. Boro opened the scoring after ten minutes following a decisive break from Ben Heffernan from his own twenty two line before giving a try scoring pass to Steven Gall to run in unopposed, leaving Pete Vickers an easy conversion. A lapse in concentration from the restart allowed Casuals a try of their own. With Boro's forwards now dominating winger Chris Mears completed a first half hat trick, all converted by Vickers, that left Boro well in front at the break.
Boro went to sleep for the first twenty minutes in the second half and Casuals replied with another try. However they finally got their game back together and skipper Dudley Cross was alert enough to touch down when the ball went loose from a Casuals lineout. Steven Gall completed the scoring for Boro when a poor clearance kick was fielded by full back Chris Shipman who cut open the Casuals defence before passing to Gall. Vickers clearly had his kicking boots on, being successful with all the conversions. Boro were denied three more tries with the first two being deemed held up and the third when the referee stopped Mears from touching down again, following a minor dust up in the middle of the field. All in all a comfortable win that keeps pressure on the sides above.
Higgins Man of Match: Richard Mallard