Rugby Report: Wins for Lincoln Ladies and Imps XV

Jade Morgan and Helen Francis crossed for two tries apiece as Lincoln Ladies continued their unbeaten start to 2019 with a 43-7 victory over Sileby Vikings.

Lincoln opened the scoring after just five minutes when Erika O’Brien came close to forcing her way over the line.

Rose Buchanan then picked up the ball from the ruck and showed great strength to carry three defenders over the try line with her. Francis successfully slotted over the conversion.

Rose Buchanan scored one of the tries during Lincoln Ladies’ win over Sileby Vikings. Photo: Mike Lincoln

Rose Buchanan running through the Sileby defence. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln showed some excellent skills to pass out of the tackles until the ball ended up back with Morgan, who handed off a defender and ran 10 metres for a try. Francis added the extras.

Jade Morgan running at the Sileby defence. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

The hosts extended their lead when Bob Chapman chased her own kick before the ball popped up back into her hands for her to run in for a try.

The ball was spread wide right by the backs to release Francis to run round the last defender to go over for Lincoln’s fourth try.

Helen Francis running clear for a try. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Sileby reduced the deficit by scoring their only try of the match before Francis made a great 60 metre break. She ran round the onrushing defenders and outpaced the cover wide to the left to score a try which gave Lincoln a 29-7 half-time lead.

Lincoln added a further two tries in the second half. Morgan ran onto a pass and handed off two defenders to score a try, which Francis converted.

Ruth Denham tackling one of the players from Sileby Vikings. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Second-placed Lincoln completed the scoring when captain Clare Brown confused the defence with a dummy before stepping back inside the cover defence.

She then handed off the full-back and beat the chasing defenders to go over for a try, which Francis converted.

Lincoln Ladies captain Clare Brown was among the try scorers against Sileby Vikings. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Bob Chapman was among the try scorers for Lincoln Ladies during their victory against Sileby. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

After the match Lincoln Ladies head coach Brian Kelly said: “The ladies were excellent. They followed their game plan and their defence, at times, was ferocious.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more from them, they were brilliant.”

Lincoln Ladies having a team huddle. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Jake Keeton was among the try scorers for Lincoln Imps XV against Boston. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Euan Williams and Eddy Jopling crossed for two tries apiece as Lincoln Imps XV claimed their third win in a row with a 49-5 home victory over Boston.

Tom Dowdy, Lewis Wilson and Jake Keeton also got their names on the scoresheet with Richie Dixon successfully converting all seven tries. Boston’s try was scored by flanker Luke Fowler.

Tom Dowdy in action for Lincoln Imps XV. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

After the match Lincoln Imps XV captain James Johnson said: “It was an excellent performance against a strong Boston side.

“From the first to the last minute we attacked well with some good running lines and supporting play. We also defended aggressively with some dominant tackling.”

John Feeney in action for Lincoln Imps XV running at the Boston defence. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Rob O’Donoghue in action for Lincoln Imps XV against Boston. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Lincoln’s 1st XV return to league action with the visit of Dronfield on Saturday. Lincoln Imps XV host Notts Medics while the third team travel to Castle Donnington.

Richie Dixon converted all seven of Lincoln Imps XV’s tries against Boston. Photo: Katie Nesbitt

Meanwhile Lincoln’s Under-7s to Under-12s Minis hosted the teams from Kesteven and Scunthorpe on Sunday for a festival of rugby. 400 children took part over all age grades showing great spirit of the game with some hard fought battles.

Lincoln Minis have a busy month ahead with the visit of Mellish, a trip to Southwell and a festival at Stamford Rugby Club all coming up soon.

Lewis Wilson and Luke Fowler both scored tries for Lincoln and Boston respectively at the weekend. Photo: Mark Cleaver

OTHER RESULTS Elsewhere in the county, Scunthorpe lost 38-24 at West Bridgford in the semi-final of the NLD Senior Cup. Tom Foster grabbed two tries with Tim Dunk and Will Harrison each scoring one, while Jess Matthews added two conversions.

Market Rasen & Louth also lost their NLD cup tie after they were beaten 82-5 at Paviors. Harry Wallis scored the visitors’ only try.

North Hykeham’s Tommy Jarvis makes a strong run through two tacklers. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

Bourne edged past North Hykeham with a 33-20 home victory in the NLD Plate semi-final.

Josh Lynch crossed for two of Bourne’s tries. Harry Thornburn, Sam Harby and Dave Maudsley each grabbed a try apiece while Sam Evison kicked the remaining points.

Bourne and North Hykeham prepare for a scrum. Photo: Matt Kidd

The Bourne players huddle together. Photo: Matt Kidd

North Hykeham’s four tries were scored by Gareth Alder-Woolf, Paul Budden, Sam Doyle and Richard Bevan.

Richard Bevan crossing the line for one of North Hykeham’s four tries. Photo: Faye Doyle-Thomas

Grimsby are through to the final of the Lincolnshire Intermediate Cup after a 54-3 victory over Skegness.

Luke Thornton, Tom Bright, Kieran Dinnes, Gareth Roberts, Evan Picking, Tom Baker, Kieron Moore and Brad Treacher all scored tries for Grimsby with the latter adding seven conversions. Skegness’ points came via a Rikki Bovey penalty.

Gainsborough suffered extra time heartbreak in their cup semi-final after a 25-15 defeat away at Stamford College Old Boys. Ben Bethell and Damian Hart scored Gainsborough’s tries with Robbie Goodyear adding a conversion and a penalty.

Kesteven’s coaching coordinator Dimitri Arlando, chairman Ben Clackson, new director of rugby Freddie Tuilagi and club president Angus Shaw. Photo: Kesteven Rugby Club

Kesteven recently appointed former Leicester Tigers star Fereti (Freddie) Tuilagi as Director of Rugby.

He was at the club to witness Kesteven’s second team beating Dronfield 24-7 on Saturday. Scott Odams, Aaron Roberts, Chris Jinks and Henry Parker scored Kesteven’s tries with Martyn Parker adding two conversions.