Cleethorpes teach Skegness rugby lesson

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Cleethorpes 1st XV 29

Skegness 1st XV 16

SKEGNESS played local rivals Cleethorpes in the league at the weekend and were taught a valuable rugby lesson.

With numbers at training slim and only six regular first team members, it would always be an uphill struggle for the blue and whites.

The game started well for the home side as mistakes and penalties gave them a try early on to make the score 0-7. Immediately Skegness won a penalty which was kicked to make the score 3-7.

Set piece scrums and line outs were a continual battle for the Skegness team, as the home side dominated throughout. The next two tries came from their number eight as good running five metres out, from scrums, gave the home side further points. Skegness could only score a penalty as the half finished 6-19.

The second half was a tense affair as Skegness tried to get back in touch with a much improved Cleethorpes team.

First blood was drawn by the travelling side through a penalty from their captain to make the score 9-19.

Cleethorpes then pushed the game out of reach with a penalty to make the score 9-22. Skegness did not give in as they pegged back the lead as centre Jenkins scored from a quick tap penalty from Divilly. Haliday converted to make the score 16-22.

Again more defensive errors led to another Cleethorpes try from their second row to make the score 16-29. Skegness made a number of line breaks but the ball was either stripped, dropped, passed forward or intercepted.

The first fifteen will hopefully learn valuable lessons from this game and hope team mates can make training to tighten up their set piece plays.

Skegness play in a home cup match against Bourne on Saturday at 3pm.

The new floodlights at the Skegness ground will be officially opened on October 3 as a select Lincoln team visit. There will be a juniors match prior to the seniors game.

Skegness 1st XV - Brian, Butcher, Frost, Holliday, Hill, Cook (C), Dela Fontaine, Taylor, Divilly, Halliday, Haigh, Jenkins, Hummel, Mawer, Pollock.