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Spartans (Midlands)
Leamington Rugby Football Club
A Bushell, M Southam (2), S Blair (3), A Garbett (3)
Full time
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
T Hardy (7)
Unknown
Sat 2 Sep 14:30 - Cup Attendance 30

Warwickshire Shield 1st Round - Spartans 59, Leamington 17.

Two Warwickshire sides served up an entertaining game in the warm September sunshine at Coppice Lane as the season proper started, and it was Spartans who progressed to the next round.

Two Warwickshire sides served up an entertaining game in the warm September sunshine at Coppice Lane as the season proper started, and it was Spartans who progressed to the next round.

The home side got off to a flier with two very early long range tries from the backs to stun Leamington, but the visitors showed their class and began to dominate territory and possession. The outstanding Leamington Captain began to pull the strings and a neat move down the right saw them grab one back. Given the size and power of the blue forwards, Spartans did well to produce some useful ball and some excellent support saw a vital try to restore the gap, but once more Leamington responded with a huge forward steaming through a tackle to score. Further running rugby from the Men In Blackproduced another team try to be pleased with, but this truly end to end Barbarian game saw a third try for Leamington shortly before half time, with an unlikely eleven point lead for Spartans mainly down to conversions.

The second half began with Leamington fired up and Spartans were forced to defend for a while as the visitors tried to batter their way through a determined black defence. Eventually the siege was lifted and Spartans counter attacked quickly and effectively, using the spaces they were offered very well. Two more tries were run in from distance but Leamington were never going to quit, and each time they responded with their own brand of robust rugby. As confidence grew in the Spartan ranks the visitors were making mistakes as they chased the game, which Spartans duly punished with some crisp passing and clinical finishing to gradually pull away on the scoreboard with three more team tries to complete an all round team performance, albeit with a flattering scoreline.

This week Spartans face Ludlow at Coppice Lane for the first time in many years due to a league re-organisation. (3pm).

Key moments

8:00
Try Andy Bushell scores for Spartans (Midlands)
8:00
Conversion Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
12:00
Try Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
12:00
Conversion Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
15:00
Try Try for Leamington Rugby Football Club
22:00
Try Sherry Blair scores for Spartans (Midlands)
22:00
Conversion Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
24:00
Try Try for Leamington Rugby Football Club
25:00
Try Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
25:00
Conversion Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00
Try Try for Leamington Rugby Football Club
30:00
Conversion Conversion for Leamington Rugby Football Club
39:00
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00
Try Sherry Blair scores for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00
Conversion Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00
Try Sherry Blair scores for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00
Conversion Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
75:00
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
75:00
Conversion Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)

Highlights

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75:00 Try 59 - 17
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
75:00 Conversion 54 - 17
Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00 Try 50 - 17
Sherry Blair scores for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00 Conversion 52 - 17
Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00 Sub On
Brett Garbett is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Try 45 - 17
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Conversion 40 - 17
Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
55:00 Sub On
Daniel Offen is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00 Try 38 - 17
Sherry Blair scores for Spartans (Midlands)
50:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Hardy misses a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
End of period 1
39:00 Try 33 - 17
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
39:00 Missed Conversion
Tom Hardy misses a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00 Sub On
Tom Cookman is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00 Try 28 - 17
Try for Leamington Rugby Football Club
30:00 Conversion 28 - 12
Conversion for Leamington Rugby Football Club
25:00 Try 28 - 10
Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
25:00 Conversion 23 - 10
Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
24:00 Try 21 - 10
Try for Leamington Rugby Football Club
22:00 Try 19 - 5
Sherry Blair scores for Spartans (Midlands)
22:00 Conversion 21 - 5
Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
15:00 Try 14 - 5
Try for Leamington Rugby Football Club
12:00 Try 12 - 0
Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
12:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
8:00 Try 5 - 0
Andy Bushell scores for Spartans (Midlands)
8:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Tom Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • Spartans (Midlands)
  • Leamington Rugby Football Club
  • 0
  • Andy Bushell Try 8:00'
  • Tom Hardy Conversion 8:00'
  • Matt Southam Try 12:00'
  • Tom Hardy Conversion 12:00'
  • Try 15:00'
  • Sherry Blair Try 22:00'
  • Tom Hardy Conversion 22:00'
  • Try 24:00'
  • Matt Southam Try 25:00'
  • Tom Hardy Conversion 25:00'
  • Tom Cookman Sub On 30:00'
  • Try 30:00'
  • Conversion 30:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 39:00'
  • Sherry Blair Try 50:00'
  • Daniel Offen Sub On 55:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 60:00'
  • Tom Hardy Conversion 60:00'
  • Brett Garbett Sub On 65:00'
  • Sherry Blair Try 70:00'
  • Tom Hardy Conversion 70:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 75:00'
  • Tom Hardy Conversion 75:00'

Team selection

Garbett, Alex Garbett, Alex
Southam, Matt Southam, Matt
Bushell, Andy Bushell, Andy
Friend, Sam Friend, Sam
Blair, Sherry Blair, Sherry
Hardy, Tom Hardy, Tom
Parker, Jamie Parker, Jamie
Foulds, Mike Foulds, Mike
Bennett, Alex Bennett, Alex
Bates-Powell, Perry Bates-Powell, Perry
Bennett, Andy Bennett, Andy
Owen, Jamie Owen, Jamie
Bench, Chris Bench, Chris
Bingham, Jack Bingham, Jack
O'Donovan, Chris O'Donovan, Chris

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