1st XV Report - Sat 31st March 2007 v Leicester Forest Print E-mail

Wellingborough 39  v  Leicester Forest 19

Boro put in what was probably their best performance of the season, into the bargain making sure that the promotion issue goes right down to the last weekend.  Playing with a gale force wind blowing across the pitch both sides were determined not to let this spoil anybody's entertainment and they tried to play open rugby throughout.  Boros pack have improved beyond all recognition since the turn of the year and they took the game to Forest straight from the kick off and went into the lead after two minutes through skipper Dudley Cross.  In difficult kicking conditions Pete Vickers was successful with the first of many kicks to add the extra two points.

Forest drew level after ten minutes when they caught Boro with a quickly taken tap penalty.  However, winger Chris Mears put Boro back in front with a neatly worked try in the corner before Forest drew level just before the break.  They scored a converted try of their own following a 5 metre catch and drive from a lineout and the sides turned around level at 12 all.

Vickers was successful with two early penalties in the second half, one being from the half way line before he increased Boro's lead further with a try of his own which he duly converted.  Forest repeated their first half method of scoring with another quickly taken penalty to reduce the arrears again with another converted try.

A few choice words from Cross to his pack saw them completely dominate for the remainder of the game and this allowed the three quarters to run in two more tries through Steven Gall both converted by Vickers.  All fifteen players put in worthy performances to earn the two points but it was the boot of Vickers that swung the Man of the Match award in his favour.

Croyland Man of the Match: Peter Vickers

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