Raiders 81 Swaffham Pedlars 0
This was believed to be the first visit to Scottow by a Swaffham team and unfortunately for them it was not a happy one. A mail confirming the game included a note to the effect that they only had 11 players but wanted to come. We on the other hand had the largest number all season somewhere in the region of 25-27. The management decided that we would offer Swaffham as many players as they needed to come up full strength and ask for rolling replacements so everyone got pitch time.
This offer was gratefully accepted and those players asked to “transfer” did so willingly with Simon Hayward offering to play the full game if necessary.
We welcomed into our ranks Cory Malcolm our new Kiwi who arrived a few weeks ago and then decided to “do Europe”. A centre he looks like Vikings material. We also welcomed back Greg Kirkham who was playing his final game at Scottow as he is likely to be with the Vikings for the next two games (both away) while Tom Lomax goes skiing, after which he, Greg, will head home to Seth Efrikaa.
Good to see on the touchline, Danny Cubitt and Sam Flanagan supporting the boys and in turn supported by National Health crutches. Get fit soon guys and thanks for the support.
Partially protected by the trees at the north end of the 1st team pitch the game started in a strong “breeze” blowing across the pitch.
The start was devastating with Greg making a break through the middle and Pena taking the offload to score, Sam converting the first of his nine successful kicks. After five minutes Cory made a break, swapping passes with “Bill” Vurewa before finishing off. Pena made it a double after George Rossi had split the defence. Bill V was next up following another break by Cory. Jon Younie got the first of a fourtimer quickly followed by Jimmy Goodliffe. Swaffham were being denied any worthwhile possession and following a scrum close to their line Pena completed his hat trick. In the space of three minutes Younie and Cory made it two apiece, Guy Salzedo went in for his first and the score was up to 60.
Nick Greenhall was watching and suggested that at half time we should swap all our back division over and bring back the players who had played for Swaffham. In the final 10 minutes of the half, cut short by the referee responding to signals from the touch line, Guy completed his double and Younie grabbed a couple more.
At the break it was suggested that we should call a halt to the game, as it could have resulted in a score line somewhere north of 120 which would do nobody any good, call the result 81 nil and change everything around.
Swaffham were fully in agreement and a twenty minute “game” ensued. The changes certainly evened things up and it is a credit to our guys who swapped shirts that they continued to give it their all. With Greg, Stuey and Dom (playing in the centre) pressuring our line but breakaway tries came to, but not shown in the records, Joe Morrell, Cory, Sam R and Henry Hunt. In the final Minute Dom could not resist joining a ruck and went over for a Swaffham converted try. He had to pay a forfeit at “Court” for it.
Note: The actual score was 83 nil but Tony M misread his notes, did not consult the referee and phoned in the wrong score. However Sam has been credited with the ninth conversion.
We have had a message from Swaffham thanking us – The Club- for the way we handled the situation and looking forward to hosting us in March.