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Foresters 43 Driffield 12

June 6th, 2015
This was another advertisement for entertaining rugby, played in ideal conditions before a substantial crowd, and a perfect setting for the legendary Rob Burnett’s 349th match for the Foresters. The visitors may have arrived with limited expectations at the ground of the league leaders and defending champions, but they contributed royally to the match, never giving an inch, striving to the end and indeed opening the scoring. Based on a dominant scrum led by a youthful and deceptively small front row, the pack laid the foundations for the backs eventually to win the match, and they did. The side’s seven tries (and indeed Driffield’s two) might have been several more, had both sides not had several long-distance efforts brought back by the referee, often correctly. The slick distribution of fly-half Harry Bullough gave his three-quarters acres of space to exhibit their running skills, and they took gleeful advantage: Simon Crabtree made several telling breaks, his principal beneficiary being James Druce, who, when not creating mayhem of his own, was on hand to finish twice. Druce’s five conversions and one penalty brought his afternoon’s yield to 23 points. The Foresters’ other tries came from Rhys Davies, Josh Prell and Ian Parkinson, with possibly the pick of the bunch coming last, following an outrageous break by Bullough, carried on by Druce and finished under the posts by Tom Whyte. Foresters: Whaites; Prell, Druce, Crabtree, Parkinson, Bullough H, Bullough J; Freeman, Stockdale, Burnett, Davies, Baines, Whyte, Howick. Replacements: Altham G, Jackson, Wade, Simpson, Croft. Tries: Druce (2), Davies, Prell, Parkinson, Whyte . Conversions: Druce (5). Penalty: Druce.  
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