Rugby round-up

Canvey Island 20, Beccles 17BECCLES travelled to fellow pace-setters Canvey Island and fell just short of victory after a hard-fought game.Canvey started the game fired up for a victory.

Canvey Island 20, Beccles 17

BECCLES travelled to fellow pace-setters Canvey Island and fell just short of victory after a hard-fought game.

Canvey started the game fired up for a victory. They were throwing everything they had at Beccles and only some scrambling defence stopped them going in to the lead. Eventually, Beccles conceded a converted try. A penalty soon followed.

Beccles began to make their way in to the Canvey half but some missed tackles put them under pressure again. Another try was conceded.

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Beccles did manage to get on the score sheet before half-time. Musker McIntyre man-of-the-match Rob Wilson carried the ball out of defence. He fed the ball to Rowney who put Williamson in the clear to sprint home under the posts. Wade added the conversion.

Beccles started the second half well and had the opposition under pressure. The Beccles forwards turned over some ball in the middle of the park, allowing the backs to break away. Williamson was on hand to score his second try of the game.

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Beccles were right back in it but they soon fell further behind to another try after poor tackling.

Beccles upped their game and began to put their opponents under pressure. Canvey were giving away lots of penalties just to stay in the game.

In the end the pressure told and Paul Wilson found himself clear on the wing and went over in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed.

Beccles pushed for a try but couldn't find a way through the defence. Despite the loss Beccles are still top of the league table but now only on points difference. They now have a week off.

Beccles III enjoyed their first win of the season, 37-22, against old adversaries Holt III. In a good-natured fixture both sides were evenly matched however Holt started the stronger, opening the scoring with a drive from a tapped penalty.

The young Beccles forwards responded well with pack leader Liam King using his physical presence to good effect with some punishing defence. Liam Knock and Jerry Smith competed well in the line-out to keep Holt under pressure in their own half.

Stefan Holmes pounced on a loose ball to even the score soon followed by a Mike Hawkes try after Joe Searby had been denied what looked a clear try.

The Beccles three-quarters began to make the most of some quick ruck ball with Sam Long putting in another exceptional display to score two individual tries. Bloomfield touched down after linking well with Ross Pierce demonstrating his versatility as outside-centre for the day.

Holt capitalised on some slack Beccles play to score twice following the introduction of former Beccles second row Phil Carter. Max Scothchner and Mike Hawkes defended well and continued to threaten in attack before Sam Long clinched the win with his third try after another searing break.

Jason Seeley rounded off a solid display with his first try for the club. MoM: Sam Long.

BecclesU14 beat Lowestoft & Yarmouth 77-0 in a local derby. Beccles welcomed back some players from injury and illness and were confident of a good performance. Unfortunately the game had to be played at 13-a-side, as L&Y were short of players. Beccles scored within the first minute with a clever break down the blind side.

This was the first of five tries for Cameron Armstrong, who also converted well from the tee. Lewis Seaman, playing against his old side, was powerful on the ball and gained many yards with every opportunity that came to him. He was supported well by his front-row companion Toby King, who drove under the posts to score.

Harley Woodrow kept up his run of try-scoring with two more blistering runs and tries. L&Y put together a good set of passes to get close, but Gavin Kiernan was on hand with a good cover tackle.

Ben Taylor caught a clearance kick deep in his own half to score the try of the match with a darting run littered with side-steps.

Fraser controlled the pack from No 8 and was rewarded when he picked up from the back of the scrum to score. L&Y bravely continued, but at 77 points enough was enough. This was an excellent team display. M R King's MoM: scrum-half Harry Balfour. The match scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled, training as usual.

Southwold U9 played Norwich at home on the common. The first game Southwold won 2-0, Christopher scoring the first try shortly followed by a second try from Renee to win the game. The second game was a 3-0 win for Southwold with tries from Olly, Jack and Renee.

There was excellent defence and support from the rest of the Southwold squad and MoM was awarded to Jack Pritchard.

Next, Southwold will be playing away at Diss.

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Southwold U12 played Norwich twice and won 30-0 and 15-5. For the first time this season the Seagulls U12 had a full squad of 16. So after scoring the first three tries in as many minutes, Southwold had the opportunity to play the boys out of position in order to broaden their rugby knowledge.

Southwold had their hooker at full-back, the winger at second row and the No 8 in the centres as well as other changes. Once they settled into their new roles, the tries kept on coming - and often still in the corners after multiple passes.

Another dominant display from Southwold in good spirited games against an opposition who never dropped their heads and who scored a well-deserved try in the second match.

Southwold 30, Norwich 0 (Brannan Petrie-Cooper, Joe McKay (2), Ben Felton (2), Milo Cawkwell. No conversions taken).

Southwold 15, Norwich 5 (Matt Sutton, Jon Utting, Jasper Pryor. No conversions taken).

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