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1st XV - Match centre

Northampton Old Scouts
Kettering
Tries
G Newman, S Ling (2), J Butlin, C Sharpe, M Watson, A Bayley
Conversions
J Daniel (4)
Sat 19 Jan 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 East Full time

Stuttering Blues find a way

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Kettering, eventually, saw off a plucky Old Scouts side, with a 3-43 win which keeps them in touch with leaders Paviors.

After weeks of inactivity, with only a single game since 15th December, the Blues could have been forgiven if they had started slowly. This, however, certainly wasn't the case as Joe Newman opened the scoring after 2 minutes when severe pressure on the Scouts defence led to a semi charged down kick, which ballooned up into the air. Colt, Cameron Sharpe, reacted best and his tap back was collected by another U18, scrum half Tasker Stables, who broke blind and fed Newman, for the centre to score wide out on the right. Joe Daniels conversion attempt was unsuccessful,but the Blues had the early lead, 0-5.
Scouts were playing with great enthusiasm and built up a period of pressure, which eventually saw them gain a penalty in front of the posts. The kick at goal was successful and after 10 minutes it was anyone's game, 3-5.
The Blues were always a threat, but inaccuracies, and a number of, close call, forward passes, were frustrating the visitors, until a well worked catch and drive saw the Blues man of the match, Shane Ling, add the finishes touches and dot down for the second score. Daniels conversion was this time successful to give Kettering a 3-12 lead with a quarter of the game gone.
The frustrations continued and a great break by George Newman saw the skipper offload in the tackle to Josh Plowright, but the centres try was disallowed for another, alleged, forward pass to ensure that as half-time approached the game was still very much in the balance.
Ling eased the Blues supporters concerns with a try in the last play of the half, when more pressure on the Scouts line led to the prop showing great strength and determination to power over the line under the posts for his second and the Blues third score. Daniel added the extras and Kettering led 3-19 at the break.
The second half was once again littered with errors, and it was 20 minutes before Kettering eventually strung a really meaningful series of phases together. This led to some space on the left wing and fine handling saw Jordan Butlin streak down the touchline and dive over in the corner for the 4th and decisive score. Daniels touchline conversion sailed between the uprights and the Scouts resistance was finally broken. 3-26.
5 minutes later, another excellent piece of handling, this time down the right, saw Sharpe burst clear and cross for the Blues fifth score, which this time was unconverted. 3-31.
As the game entered its latter stages, the Blues were now in complete control, and a second well executed lineout drive led to Mark Watson scoring another uncoverted try. 3-36.
Then, with the last play of the game, Daniel, now playing at fly-half, jinked his way through from the 22 and found Alex Bayley in support to give the forward a simple task of dotting down under the posts. Daniel added the extra's to leave the final score, 3-43.

RAJ Man of the Match: Shane Ling

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – February: Henley Hawks RFC

Key moments

1:00
Try George Newman scores for Kettering
15:00
Try Shane Ling scores for Kettering
16:00
Conversion Joe Daniel kicks a conversion for Kettering
38:00
Try Shane Ling scores for Kettering
39:00
Conversion Joe Daniel kicks a conversion for Kettering
65:00
Try Jordan Butlin scores for Kettering
66:00
Conversion Joe Daniel kicks a conversion for Kettering
72:00
Try Cameron Sharpe scores for Kettering
77:00
Try Mark Watson scores for Kettering
78:00
Try Alex Bayley scores for Kettering
79:00
Conversion Joe Daniel kicks a conversion for Kettering

Highlights

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79:00 Conversion 0 - 43
Joe Daniel kicks a conversion for Kettering
78:00 Try 0 - 41
Alex Bayley scores for Kettering
77:00 Try 0 - 36
Mark Watson scores for Kettering
72:00 Try 0 - 31
Cameron Sharpe scores for Kettering
66:00 Conversion 0 - 26
Joe Daniel kicks a conversion for Kettering
65:00 Try 0 - 24
Jordan Butlin scores for Kettering
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Joe Daniel kicks a conversion for Kettering
38:00 Try 0 - 17
Shane Ling scores for Kettering
16:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Joe Daniel kicks a conversion for Kettering
15:00 Try 0 - 10
Shane Ling scores for Kettering
1:00 Try 0 - 5
George Newman scores for Kettering
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As it happened

  • Northampton Old Scouts
  • Kettering
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  • George Newman Try 1:00'
  • Shane Ling Try 15:00'
  • Joe Daniel Conversion 16:00'
  • Shane Ling Try 38:00'
  • Joe Daniel Conversion 39:00'
  • Jordan Butlin Try 65:00'
  • Joe Daniel Conversion 66:00'
  • Cameron Sharpe Try 72:00'
  • Mark Watson Try 77:00'
  • Alex Bayley Try 78:00'
  • Joe Daniel Conversion 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering 22 98
2. Paviors 22 93
3. Oadby Wyggestonians 22 75
4. Oundle 22 74
5. Peterborough 22 73
6. Lutterworth 22 72
7. Towcestrians 22 64

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