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1st XV - Match centre

Stourbridge
Hull Ionians
S Montieri
Tries
C Scott
Conversions
Penalties
L Minikin
Sat 26 Jan 15:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Stourbridge Saxons 7 v 3 Hull Ionians

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Ionians came away from Stourton Park still maintaining a tenuous grip on the top of N2N, but with their credibility seriously dented following defeat at the hands of a side who showed little evidence of the defensive frailties that have blighted their season thus far. In truth Ionians did little to exploit the issue, lacking the capability to cross the gain line on the day, when faced with a well organised and determined rear-guard.
The only try of the game came early in the first half. Stourbridge had first use of a strong wind and kicked to give them field position in the Ionians 22. They were awarded a scrum 15m from the Ionians line, the squeeze was applied and as Stourbridge inched forward scrum-half Joe Heatley broke away to exploit a huge gap down the blind side, he drew the limited cover to put supporting No.8, Sam Montieri, over. Chris Scott added the well-judged extras to put Stourbridge 7 – 0 up.
Had spectators being aware this was the only score they would have been well advised to make their way to the exit, rather than suffer the appalling weather and dismal spectacle that followed.
Ionians suffered a double blow with the withdrawal of Mark Wigham and Callum Smith after 20 minutes, but they seemed unimpeded by the re-shuffle in the back line, moving the ball wide to the wings. Unfortunately, there was too much lateral movement and Stourbridge comfortably contained the threat posed by the Ionians back three.
Using the considerable bulk of Jack Lea the home side were able to make initial inroads into the Ionians defensive line, but they also failed to find a way past the Ionians cover when they swung the ball wide, trying utilise the pace of Harrison, Wilson and Rundle. This stale-mate, combined with the thoroughly miserable weather, reduced the contest to an unedifying mid-field grapple. Thankfully the pristine pitch removed the possibility of a mud bath, that really would have been the final straw.
The first half was concluded with a penalty goal by Lewis Minikin, who drilled his kick skilfully between the uprights, on one of the visitor’s rare excursions into the home half. 7-3 down at half time, with the elements in their favour for the second period, must have given Ionians a lift as they sought the sanctuary of the dressing room.
Predictably the second half was played predominantly in the home half of the pitch. Hard as they tried Ionians failed to make any breaks of significance. Poor ball retention on a number of occasions cost them dear and Stourbridge looked increasingly dangerous on the break with Riley posing a particular threat.
Further knocks to Ed Falkingham and Adam Thomas did little to help the cause, but Ionians lacked a cutting edge, and although they manfully laboured away it progressively looked like being Stourbridge’s day. Glee for the home support came soon enough, if not for the travelling devotees. It was a day Ionians will want to forget, hopefully not before some honest reflection and assessment.

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Key moments

8:00
Try Sam Montieri scores for Stourbridge
9:00
Conversion Chris Scott kicks a conversion for Stourbridge
40:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians

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Highlights

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73:00 Sub On
Tom Peters is substituted on for Hull Ionians
73:00 Sub Off
Edward Falkingham is substituted off for Hull Ionians
71:00 Sub On
Adam Brown is substituted on for Hull Ionians
71:00 Sub Off
Adam Thomas is substituted off for Hull Ionians
65:00 Sub On
Ally Forth is substituted on for Hull Ionians
65:00 Sub Off
Adam Brown is substituted off for Hull Ionians
55:00 Sub On
Mark George is substituted on for Stourbridge
55:00 Sub Off
Nic Murphy is substituted off for Stourbridge
55:00 Sub Off
Chad Thorne is substituted off for Stourbridge
55:00 Sub On
Llyr Griffiths is substituted on for Stourbridge
53:00 Sub Off
Tom Peters is substituted off for Hull Ionians
53:00 Sub On
James Newman is substituted on for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
End of period 1
40:00 Penalty 7 - 3
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
23:00 Missed Penalty
Chris Scott misses a penalty for Stourbridge
21:00 Sub Off
Mark Wigham is substituted off for Hull Ionians
21:00 Sub On
Sam Crane is substituted on for Hull Ionians
21:00 Sub On
Ben Whyte is substituted on for Hull Ionians
21:00 Sub Off
Callum Smith is substituted off for Hull Ionians
9:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Chris Scott kicks a conversion for Stourbridge
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Sam Montieri scores for Stourbridge
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stourbridge
  • Hull Ionians
  • 0
  • Sam Montieri Try 8:00'
  • Chris Scott Conversion 9:00'
  • Callum Smith Sub Off 21:00'
  • Mark Wigham Sub Off 21:00'
  • Sam Crane Sub On 21:00'
  • Ben Whyte Sub On 21:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 40:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 50:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 50:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub Off 53:00'
  • James Newman Sub On 53:00'
  • Chad Thorne Sub Off 55:00'
  • Nic Murphy Sub Off 55:00'
  • Mark George Sub On 55:00'
  • Llyr Griffiths Sub On 55:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub Off 65:00'
  • Ally Forth Sub On 65:00'
  • Adam Thomas Sub Off 71:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub On 71:00'
  • Edward Falkingham Sub Off 73:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub On 73:00'

Team selection

Turagabeci, Jerry Turagabeci, Jerry
Wilson, Sam Wilson, Sam
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Smith, Callum Smith, Callum
Kuku, Toni Kuku, Toni
Stephenson, Tom Stephenson, Tom
Thomas, Adam Thomas, Adam
Falkingham, Edward Falkingham, Edward
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Wigham, Mark Wigham, Mark
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Johnson, Steve Johnson, Steve
Brown, Adam Brown, Adam
Carlile, Ben Carlile, Ben
Stourbridge
  • 1. Stefan Thorp
  • 2. Jack Lea
  • 3. Chad Thorne
  • 4. Aaron Crofts
  • 5. Nic Murphy
  • 6. Tatenda Mukarati
  • 7. James Seabrook
  • 8. Sam Montieri
  • 9. Joe Heatley
  • 10. Chris Scott
  • 11. Dan Rundle
  • 12. Hal Riley
  • 13. Sam Wilson
  • 14. Reece Beddows
  • 15. Mark Harrison
  • 16. Michael Worthington
  • 17. Mark George
  • 18. Llyr Griffiths
  • 19. Luke Veebel
  • 20. Nic Cairns

League round up

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Huddersfield
33
17
Sheffield Tigers
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19
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48
26
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14
15
Wharfedale

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull Ionians 22 79
2. Chester 22 79
3. Huddersfield 21 78
4. Fylde 23 77
5. Otley 23 71
6. Hinckley 22 63
7. Tynedale 21 62

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