Doncaster Match Report

Elliot Hall on the charge

Elliot Hall on the charge

Nightmare on Broad Street




MIKE HYDE Broadstreet RFC, Coventry, Saturday,

Photoghraphy by Dave Jessop


It was a party atmosphere as a Try Tag Rugby tournament came to a close and this game began on the wide lush pitch on the edge of Coventry.


But the Bears struggled to make an impact on the game, with the visitors running away with the score in a second half marred by a double sending off.


The Dons were at full strength, with the Papua New Guineans Jason Tali and Watson Boas in their line-up, while the Bears were decidedly threadbare as eight of their players were away on Student Four Nations duty.


The home side kicked off, bolstered by loanees and dual-reg players.


They looked to take the early initiative as Sanderson took a well placed kick at the end of the set, but the visitors quickly settled and Jason Tali stamped his authority on the game with his first try after just four minutes, but Beharrell’s conversion attempt failed to add the extras.


The Dons play was then more fluid, with good passing and teamwork, gaining consistent yardage while the home side relied on individual player surges.


A short injury stoppage provided a welcome break as coaches and staff brought on water for players feeling the heat of the sun reached afternoon peak.


Then Tali went over again midway through the half, and this time Buchanan gained a further two points.


Some inventive play and a well placed kick briefly brought the Bears back into the game as Elliott Hall scored a try and teammate Sanderson duly converted.


The Dons weren’t going to allow this, as they waged attack after attack, with only heroic Bears defending preventing the score increasing.


But a try and conversion by Buchanan restored a ten point lead and a further try by Jordie Hedges put the visitors fourteen points ahead just before the hooter.


Played in searing heat, the second half was a much more one-sided affair, with Tali setting the tone and completing his hat trick barely a minute into the second half. The conversion followed.


Then a flashpoint occurred as a brawl broke out in the middle of the pitch, the ensuing melée involving virtually all the players.


Dons player Russell Spiers was given a red, as was Coventry’s Jack Ray, the two players involved in the original scuffle, although it looked from the stand as if Ray was very much the victim rather than aggressor.



Now reduced to a twelve a side contest on a wide pitch, more tries were sure to follow, and Scott’s try and subsequent conversion rapidly followed by Buchanan’s try, again converted saw the away side stretch their comfortable lead.


The visitors then seemed able to score at will as a procession of tries from Hedges, Boas, and finally Lawton and two conversions from three put the visitors over the half century mark.


The afternoon’s biggest cheer came as Reece Rance scored a last minute try to give the home side the respectability of a double-digit score.


The Bears must now be looking forward to putting this behind them  and to playing their final four home games at another new venue in Rugby………







  1 Elliott Hall

  2 Hayden Freeman

  3 Kadeem Willams

  4 Kam Pearce-Paul

  5 Reece Rance

  6 Joe Sanderson

  7 Nathan Conroy

  8 Lewis Taylor

  9 Sam Davis

10 Oliver Purslow

11 Kieran Sherratt

12 HarrY Kauffman

13 Chris Barratt

Subs (all used)

14 Stewart Cameron

15 Jack Ray

16 Jack Daynes

17 Lawrence Haywood

Tries: Hall(25), Rance (80)

Goals: Sanderson 1/2

Sent off: Jack Ray


   1 Kieran Buchanan

 29 Kieron Lawton

  3 Connor Bower

  4 Jason Tali

  5 Sam Doherty

30 Watson Boas

  7 Matthew Beharrell

 28 Jack Brown

  9 Kyle Kesik

10 Ryan Boyle

22 Bradley Foster

12 Evan Hodgson

13 Dean Hadley

Subs (all used)

13 Jordie Hedges

14 Connor Scott

  8 Russell Spiers

  2 Richard Owen

Tries: Tali (8,20,41), Buchanan(32,70),Hedges (38,66), Scott(72) Boas(60) Lawton (68)

Goals: Buchanan 7/9 , Beharrell 0/1

Sent off; Russell Spiers

Bears Man of the Match [as voted by the Supporters club]; Jack Ray

Penalty count: 7-10

Half-time: 6-20

Referee: Aaron Moore

Attendance: 386

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-4, 0-10, 6-10, 6-16, 6-20;

6-26, 6-32, 6-38, 6-44, 6-50, 6-54, 10-54

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