Rugby: Skegness succumb to top of the league Boston

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Skegness 1st XV 7-22 Boston 1st XV

Skegness entertained top of the league Boston who had an undefeated record and Skegness had an undefeated home record.

The game started in a true derby clash, as both teams ran hard and tackled ferociously. A large crowd were entertained to a quality display of rugby action.

Boston scored first as continuous pressure finally gave them the lead as the inside centre crashed over to score. Their fly half scored the conversion to make the score 7-0.

Haigh scored for the home side when a quick ruck ball paid dividends and captain Halliday threaded the needle to find Haigh on a charge. The centre evaded the covering defence to score near the posts. The skipper then converted the points to level the game at 7-7.

Boston extended the lead to 10-7 as a penalty kick in front of the posts was converted on the stroke of half time.

The second half started well for the home team as they continually attempted to draw level or take the lead. Halliday hit the post with one penalty and could not convert a second which were both a considerable distance.

Boston scored their second try from a driving maul as a well drilled pack crossed for a five pointer as a reward for all their hard work. Skegness now faced a 15-7 deficit.

Skegness kept on pressing the Boston try line but a strong defence and the referees whistle kept the seasiders off the score board.

Boston scored a try from an apparent knock on, a couple of defenders stopped expecting the whistle but by then the overlap had been made and Boston scored a converted try.

Smith saved a try at the death to prevent Boston gaining a bonus point. The final whistle blew and the home side had plenty of positives to take away from the game as well as areas to develop in training.

Skegness 1st XV - Lancaster, Scupham, Frost (Gill), Nuttall, Dean, Dela Fontaine, Cook, Santini, Divilly, Halliday, Mawer (Pollock), Santini, Haigh (Lucas), Smith, Hummell.