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Middlesbrough RUFC
Pontefract seconds
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - Friendly Full time

Five, six, seven, eight !

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Maybe the fact it was a home game - spoiled it

In keeping with the musical theme , I thought of Steps this week. Can you work out the link ?

Playing our first home game since November the Wasps had assembled a good , young squad to take on the visitors from Ponty. Ponty arrived one short, but we were grateful they arrived at all so Cieran Malcolm volunteered to play for them in the first half and Wilf played the second.

Sadly the game as a spectacle wasn't one of our best. As the title suggests maybe it was due to the fact we hadn't had a road trip beforehand ? That said Boro scored first after quick ball created good field position for Blindside Will "3G" Seymour to pick and go from the ruck and score. So quick was the try that his dad , who was in coporate didn't have to time to witness it as he was "Networking with his pals" . Si Slotted the conversion. The second score came 20 minutes later when good ball was fed across the back line finding Billy Campbell ( wearing number 5 ) in space to scamper clear and score. The rest of the half really was nothing to write home about being littered with mistakes and niggle. However special mention must go to Billy who stepped up to play in the front row when Boro lost Taylor Mobberley to injury.

The second half panned out much like the first. The Wasps had lots of possession but kicked poorly, with the exception of Ped's " John Smith - Hav it" style clearance kick !. However we did score two more tries. The first followed some quick neat forward offloads allowing number 8 - Sean Jarvis ( Who was having a fine game ) to score under the posts. Ponty then scored themselves finding space outwide. The Wasps then scored their final try when Biv pounced on his opposite number 9 when the ball came out the back of a scrum. He ripped the ball in the tackle and fed the supporting openside Jacob Unwin to race clear and score.

All in all good to get a win and to play at home as league leaders Alnwick await next weekend. Lots of positives , the return of Joe Secret after injury, a quest appearance by Philly Wall and the Wasps debut for colt James Pearce in the pack. But, not the best game for the purist.

Man of the match - awarded by Ponty - was that "Chewy, little, fact scrum half". We think that was Biv , but it could have been Philly Wall.

Editorial footnote. On Saturday it was made clear to the writer that there have been several occasions when a certain player has had his name spelt wrong in the match reports and his mum has not liked it. I would therefore like to apologise to the Hodson family and rest assured I will make sure that Denny Hodson is entered correctly from this point onwards.

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