Swans Match Report
|Luton 15||Staines Swans 30|
Saturday 10th December 2011
National League 3 London & SE
National League 3 London & SE
"Bishay double secures Swans win!"
Staines take to the field at Luton.
With much at stake for both clubs it was the away team of Staines Swans who took the first initiative on a bitterly cold day in the sun.
It was Swans center Chris Wells who drew first blood with the first of his 3 penalties on the 6 minutes after Luton came offside at the ruck. Not learning their lesson, the home side came offside again at the breakdown 2 minutes later to give Wells his second successful attempt at the uprights.
Luton rallied well driving Staines back into there own half, only for full back James Cornish counter attack strongly with the ball in hand. Again feeling the pressure, referee David Parsons had no alternative but to brandish his first yellow card of the day to the home team open side for not "releasing the player". Once again Wells stepped up to take the score to 9-0 for the away team.
With their tails up, Staines were playing some very ambitious rugby with the ball in hand. Prop Tom Jones driving hard with the ball in hand created the go forward that gave fly half Tom Williams the quick ball needed to put Chris Bishay over to register the his first try of the day.
This led to an ugly seen as Bishay retaliated to the dangerous tackle by the Luton full back Kenny, as he crossed the line to score. Referee David Parsons had no hesitation but to show both players the yellow card on the 20th min.
With Staines having to replace prop Kit Cox with Rony Bachour after a shoulder injury, the Swans were determined to keep the pressure on the home side.
It was from a good steel of a Luton line out by Nat Palmer that led to big Junior Harrison driving hard through the sporadic Luton defence assisted by Lewis Pruce who intern finished of the move to score a very important second try for the Swans as half time approached.
Offload from James Cornish.
With a change of shirts at half time, Luton started the second period with a much more determined attitude.
Straight from the kick off they tore into the Staines forwards, chasing and putting pressure on the ball carrier stopping any advantage. This led to Lutons first real attempt at points, which Kenny dissecting the uprights to take the scores to 23-3. Now with the home crowd urging them on, Luton drove hard at a resilient Staines defence led by capt Tom Cleary making the big tackles.
With the opportunity out wide and tacklers missing, the home team full back Kenny squeezed over in the corner to score a vital moral boasting try for the home team.
With score now at 23-8, Staines new that they just could not sit back and wait for things to happen. This new sense of purpose led to one of the best bits of rugby from the Swans in the game, driving for 14 phases with the ball in hand.
With Luton having nothing too loose they kicked and chased into the Staines half, were again referee Parsons decided that Swans scrum half Meakin had not "rolled away from the contact" and had no hesitation but to show another yellow card. Down to 14 men, Staines had to dig deep.
Luton sensing the advantage, there coach started making the changes. This tactic paid off from a driving line out inside the Swans 22m zone, when front row Dave Irvine crossed the white wash to take the score to a nail biting 23-15.
The game seem to be all Luton now, when the ever alert Bishay picked up on a loose ball just inside the home teams half and raced away to score under the posts unopposed. With Wells converting the try, to take the score and game for the Swans to 30-15.
Tom Cleary taking the line out.
Luton 15 (0)
Tries; D Kenny, D Irvine
Cons; D Kenny
Pens; D Kenny
Staines Swans 30 (23)
Tries; C Bishay 2, L Pruce
Cons; C Wells 3
Pens; C Wells 3
STAINES SWANS were:
J Cornish, J Robinson, C Bishay, C Wells, L Pruce, T Williams, C Meakin, T Jones, M Thomas, K Cox, D McDermid, N Harrison, C West, N Palmer, T Cleary (capt), R Bachour, J Lee, L Shanahan.
Next week Staines travel to CS Rugby, hoping to turn around their loss earlier in the season at the Reeves to their local rivals.