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Loughborough
Melbourne
Tries
E Holden, O Page (2), C Rudkin
Conversions
E Holden (3)
Penalties
E Holden
Sat 2 Feb 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (North) Full time

1st XV Loughborough 12 - 29 Melbourne

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Melbourne take bonus point win away at Loughborough

Melbourne travelled down the road to Loughborough RFC on a cold and frosty Saturday where two of the Midlands 2(EN) fixtures were postponed early doors.

Melbourne squad underwent changes from the previous round with the absence of previous MoTM Harry Stephenson, Gary Lakin, Jordan Goddard, Jack Pearce and James Benstead.

Incomers include new signing James Squires, Chris Rudkin making his starting debut of the season, Mark Coyne, Joe Nicholson and Captain Holden returning from injury.

1st XV - Loughborough v Melbourne - 02/02/2019
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The game was played in a feisty spirit with a strong focus on set-piece as an unusual number of handling errors and penalties saw several scrum sets. Loughborough having one of the strongest set pieces in the league meant that the ball came under decent pressure but Melbourne were never not in control.

The green & gold started brightly and it was Captain Holden who got the first score as the ball came out from several phases in the right hand 15m channel. The Captain playing at inside centre showed the ball to his partner before cutting a lovely inside line to dot down under the posts. He converted is own score 7 - 0.

Loughborough soon responded and from the base of their scrum they used their set-piece to set their attack as a strong series of carrier saw them over the line 7 - 5.

Melbourne immediately responded from the kick-off, securing the ball and attacking through good forward play. The ball came back wide left and into the hands of Page you spotted a gap and dashed through, rounding the last defenders and scoring wide left. Unconverted 12 - 5

A penalty was soon added to the score for Melbourne, from Holden, taking the game beyond a single converted try. 15 - 5. This was how the game remained for a further 30 minutes as the game was finely balanced. Melbourne defence was excellent through out but they were struggling to replicate this with ball in hand. A try from Loughborough spurred Melbourne on, the inside centre dotting down for a converted score 15 -12.

Melbourne finished strong, Percival and Rudkin making several strong carriers as Melbourne found another gear. The impetus was their and Page managed to break through the defence for his second score which was again converted 22 - 12. Not content with this Melbourne went searching for the four try and bonus point, playing with real purpose and direction.

It was with the last play of the game that Melbourne managed to secure the bonus point, retaining the ball well and driving strong through the Loughborough defence is was a good line and strong carry by Rudkin in the far right 5m channel who burst through the line to dot down which Holden converted taking the score to 12 - 29 and a bonus point to boot.

This was a far from polished performance but was industrious and the hunger to gain the bonus point was greatly pleasing. Loughborough have only lost one at home all season and they were a mighty test who accounted for themselves very well.

TRIES: Holden, PAGE (x2), Rudkin
KICKS: 3 X CONV. 1 X PEN 3
MOTM Charlie Livesey

Charlie Livesey

Player of the Match

Charlie Livesey

Key moments

17:00
Try Euan Holden scores for Melbourne
18:00
Conversion Euan Holden kicks a conversion for Melbourne
28:00
Try Oliver Page scores for Melbourne
48:00
Penalty Euan Holden kicks a penalty for Melbourne
78:00
Try Oliver Page scores for Melbourne
79:00
Conversion Euan Holden kicks a conversion for Melbourne
80:00
Try Chris Rudkin scores for Melbourne
80:00
Conversion Euan Holden kicks a conversion for Melbourne

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Highlights

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80:00 Try 0 - 27
Chris Rudkin scores for Melbourne
80:00 Conversion 0 - 29
Euan Holden kicks a conversion for Melbourne
80:00 Player of the Match
Charlie Livesey is awarded player of the match for Melbourne
79:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Euan Holden kicks a conversion for Melbourne
78:00 Try 0 - 20
Oliver Page scores for Melbourne
48:00 Penalty 0 - 15
Euan Holden kicks a penalty for Melbourne
End of period 1
28:00 Try 0 - 12
Oliver Page scores for Melbourne
18:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Euan Holden kicks a conversion for Melbourne
17:00 Try 0 - 5
Euan Holden scores for Melbourne
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As it happened

  • Loughborough
  • Melbourne
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  • Euan Holden Try 17:00'
  • Euan Holden Conversion 18:00'
  • Oliver Page Try 28:00'
  • Euan Holden Penalty 48:00'
  • Oliver Page Try 78:00'
  • Euan Holden Conversion 79:00'
  • Chris Rudkin Try 80:00'
  • Euan Holden Conversion 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Melbourne 21 94
2. Dronfield 21 77
3. Long Eaton 21 69
4. Loughborough 21 57
5. Ashbourne 21 57
6. Lincoln 21 53
7. Newark 21 50

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