Nottingham Meds 1st XV 5, Skegness 1st XV 27

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SKEGNESS travelled to Derbyshire at the weekend for a quarter-final encounter against Nottingham Medical Students.

The game started at a frantic pace as the MEDS showed speed, power and technical ability to challenge the travelling sides defence.

The game remained scoreless as both sides’ defence and attack met each other with equal thunder, but it was Skegness who tasted first blood with a well-earned penalty for a 3-0 lead.

The domination of the Skegness front five then paid dividends as the home side’s scrum on their own five-metre line was disrupted.

Inside centre Rickie crashed over to score, and the conversion made it 10-0.

Skegness added another three points from a penalty after the break.

But MEDS soon worked themselves back into the game as they scored a try while the Skegness defence was not set. They could not convert and this made the score 13-5.

A pre planned move from a scrum gave Skegness their next score. Chris running hard and from depth received the ball. The full back jinked in field three times to cross and score near the posts. The conversion took it to 20-5.

The final try of the game came from another good scrum as Skegness secured possession from a back row move and a final conversion saw the game end 27-5 in Skegness’s favour.

Captain Halliday and Vice Captain Jackson were over the moon with their team’s performance as they head towards some vital league encounters, which will decide the success of their season.