Rugby round-up: McMurray and Renard off the mark as Scouts win again

Action from Old Scouts' Midlands Two East (South) clash against Market Harborough at Rushmere Road
Action from Old Scouts' Midlands Two East (South) clash against Market Harborough at Rushmere Road

Midlands Two East (South) leaders Old Scouts made it nine league wins in 10 with a 27-10 victory over Market Harborough.

The early exchanges were contained in the middle areas of the pitch with neither side showing any supremacy.

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Old Scouts v Mkt Habour NNL-140712-171918009

Scouts missed an early penalty chance and Harborough responded after 10 minutes when they scored the first points Scouts had conceded in more than 170 minutes of play.

It wasn’t long before the scores were level when Adam Frost nailed a penalty after a strong run by Jordan Dolman.

Scouts then began to get a grip on the game and from the kick off Iain Simmons linked with Dolman in a move that was well finished by centre Russell Lynch. Frost added the extras.

The visitors eventually had the chance to respond on the half hour but failed to convert a penalty.

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Old Scouts v Mkt Habour NNL-140712-171941009

Scouts’ attempts to clear their lines from the drop out resulted in two further penalties that also sailed wide of the sticks.

The hosts eventually got back into gear and a sharp break from Matt Brown put Dan McMurray into space and the defence appeared to open wide as he stormed over for his first try for the club.

Harborough contrived to miss another penalty before the break and Scouts turned round 15-3 to the good.

Scouts were riding their luck as yet another penalty attempt went astray from Harborough and took full advantage when a fly kick ahead was well followed up by prop Sam Winchcombe who then helped set up a ruck that resulted in Ian Renard becoming the second player of the afternoon to dot down his first try for the club. Frost added the simple conversion.

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Old Scouts v Mkt Habour NNL-140712-172003009

Now looking comfortable, another attack was finished with a score when , after a penalty was kicked to the corner for a lineout, the ensuing maul resulted in Rich Howard scrambling under several bodies to cross the whitewash to seal the bonus point.

Harborough did get some rewards for their efforts and a rolling maul in the gloom resulted in a try wide out and a change of kicker saw him knock over an excellent conversion from the touchline.

Scouts breathed a sigh of relief that he had not been kicking all game and finished the game on the attack, Matt Brown coming close after a Jacob Martin charge down.

Scouts travel to second-placed Wellingborough this Saturday.

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Old Scouts v Mkt Habour NNL-140712-171952009

Scouts IIs ran out 16-10 winners away at Dunstablians.

ONs 47 Belgrave 10

ONs moved up to third in Midlands One East with a comfortable victory over Belgrave at Billing Road.

ONs scored three first-half tries, all converted by Tom Goodman - even though two of them required the aid of a post - took the ONs to a 21-5 half-time lead against a dogged Belgrave side.

The bonus point score came just after the break and three further touchdowns and Goodman’s three successful kicks took the final score to 47-10.

Alex Tollan came in at full back, Gui Shrimpton on the left wing and Joe Marston moved to the right wing to accommodate Jake Spencer at centre after six weeks out injured.

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Old Scouts v Mkt Habour NNL-140712-172014009

In the pack Dave Irvine started at prop and Dan Hartman at No.8. The bench comprised Rory Seymour,Dan Napier and Sam Howes.

Belgrave kicked off playing down the slope but were immediately forced on to the defensive as for the first 15 minutes the ONs dominated both territory and possession.

However the Belgrave tackling was secure and the ONs precision was missing as passes were forced, passes 
were dropped and even the normally reliable Goodman missed two simple kicks at goal.

Eventually lineout ball was won and driven forward and rapid recycling saw Joe Marston dart through a gap to score.

Matt Mills was next over when he benefited from a fine pass from Lewis Barker after the scrum-half had quickly taken a penalty.

Another tapped kick from Barker found the Belgrave defence in retreat and after the pack had combined well to move play forward Calum Brennan ploughed over from close range.

With the half time whistle imminent Belgrave won a scrum 30 metres from the ONs line, Sean Kyle slid a kick through and winger Ashley Clarke won the race to the touch down to make the score 21-5.

Within three minutes of the restart the home side extended their lead with their fourth try.

A strong run from Jordan Brew made initial inroads, his inside pass found Rhys Hughes and when the ONs captain was dragged down, Barker put Jake Spencer over under the posts.

Ten minutes later the Barker-Spencer combination struck again.

Sam Howes picked up from the base of a scrum found Barker and his transfer gave Spencer another easy run-in.

Rory Seymour was next over finishing off a Spencer break and Dan Napier scored the ONs seventh with a fine individual effort, collecting the ball 40 metres out and powering through the would be tacklers.

There was just time for Belgrave to register their second try when Kyle’s deft chip was collected by full-back Kevin Curtis to take the score to 47-10.

Rugby St Andrews 30 BBOB 28

BBOB travelled to Rugby with a much-changed side and found themselves 25-0 down at half-time.

BB came out second half much improved, scoring four tries, three of which from Ben Mann and the other from Tom Bailey.

Jack Cullis kicked two penalties and one conversion as BB claimed two bonus points.

This weekend, BB entertain Rushden & Higham at the Mill.

Heathens 39 Bletchley IIIs 15

Heathens returned to winning ways with a 39-15 su ccess over Bletchley.

The Buckinghamshire side stepped in after scheduled opponents Market Harborough were unable to raise a side.

Heathens’ next fixture sees a return to the Youngs Bitter merit table with an away trip to Luton team Vauxhall Motors.

Rushden & Higham 32 Long Buckby 8

Injury-hit Long Buckby were no match for a powerful Rushden & Higham side in their latest Midlands Three East South clash.

For several weeks now, Buckby have been struggling to field a competitive side.

The previous weekend they were forced to forfeit a cup fixture, and on Saturday, although they got a team together, they were always going to struggle to get a win.

St Ives 26 Daventry 8

Daventry had another off day as they went down 26-8 to St Ives.

This weekend the struggling All Blacks return to Stefen Hill where they will play Stockwood Park (2.15pm).