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Two losing bonus points at Skins PDF Print E-mail

With several enforced changes from last week Grosvenor travelled to Enniskillen knowing that the forward battle was going to be key in this game. The home side started strongly and gained the upper hand in the scrums, giving them a stream good possession from which to launch a series of attacks on the Grosvenor line. The pressure resulted in a penalty which was converted to give them an early 3-0 lead. After ten minutes the Skins fullback then ran back a loose kick from just outside his 22 side-stepping past four Grosvenor defenders on his way to the line for a sensational solo try. 10-0. Grosvenor made some readjustments to the scrum and fought their way back into the game with captain Andrew Kelly leading a series of charges on the home side's line, crashing over for a well deserved try after 20 minutes. 10-5. This buoyed the visitors and from another series of attacks young Ben Davies at flanker crashed over for a try in the corner. 10-10. The sides were evenly matched and as half-time approached Skins launched an attack on the Grosvenor line and forced their way over for a try to give them a 17-10 lead at the break.

From the restart Grosvenor coughed up a penalty and Skins extended their lead to 20-10. Grosvenor fought back valiantly and after some great approach work by Peter Dawson, Conor McKee and Peter Davison flying winger Jordan Brown dived over in the corner in the 48th minute. 20-15. Grosvenor failed to secure the restart, handing possession to Enniskillen who took advantage to extend their lead with a converted try 25-15. Grosvenor never gave up and for the last ten minutes really stretched the home side with a series of well worked phases involving forwards and backs. With two minutes remaining out-half Tim Emerson split the Skins defence with a neat dummy and darted in under the posts which Skelton converted. 25-22. Grosvenor fielded the restart and mounted another attack from deep, creating a palpable sense of panic in the Skins defence. They worked their way up the left flank and as Jordan Brown streaked clear the referee called play back for a forward pass and then blew for full time.

Grosvenor had to be content with two losing bonus points and have some key areas to work on to get the machine fully oiled and running smoothly. There were a number of stand out performances including captain Andrew Kelly, Mark Rainey and Peter Davison but young Ben Davies gets the nod for MoM this week for his all round dynamism and indomitable spirit.

 

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