1st XV defeat Rushden3rd December 2018
Biggleswade 19 Rushden & Higham 13
Midlands 3 East (South)
Biggleswade hung in a desperate last ten minutes to finish winners 1913 against Rushden & Higham in Midlands 3 East (South).
Biggleswade were the deserved winners as they scored three tries to one but they gave too many penalties when pressing hard in the red zone. The home spectators were critical of the referee which is unusual when their side has just won.
Tom Anderson made a welcome return to Biggleswade colours after a spell with Stockwood Park. He celebrated by scoring Biggy’s first try.
On the other wing was Sean Munday who normally plays in the second row. He had half an hour in which he did nothing wrong before he was replaced by Denholm Tribeck. The specialist centre had only declared himself available after the team was selected.
Tribeck did show his greater experience as a three-quarter with some telling breaks which put pressure on the Rushden defence. From one Biggleswade scored a cracking try.
Rushden opened the scoring with a penalty as Biggleswade strayed off-side five metres outside of their twenty-two. But it was quickly overturned when Tom Anderson went over in the corner for Biggleswade’s first try.
The second soon followed as centre Will Roake took a great line to slice through the defence to score under the posts. Top marks for style as well as his turnout which is always immaculate!
Elliot Tunstall added the conversion to put Biggleswade 12-3 ahead and looking good.
The forwards were on top with the power house of Jack Diemer and Jake Deveraux in the second row backed up by Sean Hopper, Michael Haddow and Sam Watson at the back. When one veteran prop (Dave Tysom) was replaced by another (Andy Burke) there was no loss in momentum.
Rushden’s try came from nothing and when converted cut the gap between the two sides to just two points with half-time looming.
Biggleswade stretched ahead with the try of the match which had Coach Will Wheeler purring with delight on the side-lines. The ball went through many pairs of hands before scrum-half Luke Gadsby finished off the move.
Biggleswade could have added a couple more tries but indiscipline near the line went punished and Biggleswade were denied a score they deserved for their dominance.
This was a key match for both sides as Rushden were second from bottom in the league table with Biggleswade only just above them. Although the four points for the win was a boost to
their fortunes Biggleswade missed out on a bonus point for scoring four tries but allowed Rushden a point for finishing within seven points of the winners.
Team: Dave Tysom (Andy Burke), Sacha Heath, Jimmy Caulfield, Jake Deveraux, Jack Diemer (Kit Smith), Sean Hopper, Michael Haddow, Sam Watson, Luke Gadsby, Tom Flather, Sean Munday (Denholm Tribeck), Tom Seabrook, Will Roake, Tom Anderson, Elliot Tunstall.
Next up is a trip to the Common in St Neots. After a poor start St Neots have improved but they are level on points with Biggleswade so another important match. Finally before Christmas there is the visit of Stamford to Langford Road