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Seghill Deputies
Rockcliff RFC
Sat 26 Jan 14:15 - League Full time

Seghill seduced by free flowing Rangers


An English man, an Irish man and Belgian go north to conquer Northumberland.

It would have been easy for Seghill to call the game off when they could only get 11 players together but to their credit they turned up ready for the game. In the interest of fairness and competitiveness we gave Seghill 4 players so that they could play with a full compliment and make a game of it. Whitty, Sav, Ferrit and Ben the volunteers (volunteered).

So with the fixture already in the bag it would have been easy to take our eye off the ball and let a Seghill / Rock combo run out victors and thats how it started. Rock had lots of possession playing good phase play deep in their territory but a lack in concentration allowed Seghill to make a line break and score in the corner against the run of play.

Time to buck our ideas up and show some steel then. A turn over by Jimmy on the half way line allowed for a quick tap penalty by Tony who fed Tom G who put up a massive Gary Owen for the Belgian beauty to run on to. Loic, on his Rock debut burst through the Seghill back line to collect the ball and dot over the line. Some speed that boy has.

With both conversions missed it was even Stevens and game on.

Seghill fancied another try, this time the prop picking up on the touchline, beating a few tackles and powering over to score near the corner. Conversion missed.

In this topsy turvy game it was the time of Rock to again level the scores. Some tight forward play with lots of offloads allowed the pack to encroach on the Seghill line. A few drives later and Sarin slithered through a gap to score the 5 points (he might claim he beat 3 defenders from the 22 and swan dived over the line but it isn’t true). Amazing what you can do when you don’t get binned.

The final points for Seghill came from a source close to home. Seghill from the kick off got some good territory and kept the pressure on. An infringement at the ruck for not rolling away gave Seghill an unwanted penalty. Rather than going for the corner a quick tap and go to Rock loanee Ferrit saw him bash his way through and over for the try. He could have knocked it on over the line for some club loyalty but he never. More about knock ons later on….

Rock then scored the final points before the break. Young James (who almost got a second later on) going over for the points.

Half time then and time to switch sides.

Almost as good as Houdini in his disappearing act, Whitty left the pitch for Seghill and wasn’t to be seen again until he appeared on the touchline fully clothed some time later. Some people pay to see magic like that. That left Seghill with 14 players which quickly turned to 13 players when their prop retired after a bit carry and collision with Rock number 8 Andy.

Loic was to score the next try again, this time from a another high ball delivered by Grist on the move. When your luck’s in, your luck’s in. The bounce back over the head of the Seghill player fell right into Loic’s hands who, as smooth as Belgian chocolate, stepped the last defender before dotting it down under the posts. Conversion successful.

Possession was nearly always in the hands of Rock due to numerous turn overs at the scrum thanks to a dominant performance from a new look front row. With possession comes chances, queue Alex Scott to demonstrate how to ruin a 3 on one overlap. Several phases and line breaks left Alex on the charge with 2 attackers outside him and only one defender….. he went solo. Managing to get over the line he then proceeded to knock the ball on in what has earned him the DOD title. But he wasn’t finished there, desperate to score for the first time this season the ball bounced nicely for him and he had a clear run to the try line. This time the touchline was his enemy with pace to burn the Seghill defender got back and made the tackle. Another chance spurned. Would Alex get the try he craved, NO, a third attempt later on also fell short.

Once the game opened up there was holes to be exploited. Rock then proceeded to pile on the points. A few balls up the middle following an inventive lineout left a 2 on 1 overlap on the outside. Jimmy M selfishly stepping the defender and running over for the score. He did however lose track of the try line and had to be told to out the ball down. Another try followed in similar circumstances from “first choice winger for the Rangers” Russ Hill surprising everyone including himself with a blistering turn of pace to break the Seghill defence to touchdown in the corner. With Rockcliff now piling on the points there was a final flourish with a wonderful try from El Captain Micky Knott after breaking a tackle or two to make the final score 15-37 to the mighty Rock.

The performance was based on a solid forward base with European talent in the centres to clean things up. With BREXIT on the horizon and speculation on Loic’s future rife I have it in good faith that he has signed a five year contract with the Rangers after acquiring his European playing Visa. Thank Theresa.

DOD - Absolutely no contest here. Alex Scott for his knock on and hat trick that wasn’t a hat trick

MOM - For me, Loic on his rock debut brought some magic that the team had been missing in the last few outings. A great debut, goed zo.

AUTHOR - In the absence of Hendy, Jimmy Morton

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