Grasshoppers 1st XV win Middlesex Bowl Final

26th April 2015

Grasshoppers 1st XV win Middlesex Bowl Final

Grasshoppers travelled to Acton to Wasps FC to play Herts & Middlesex 1 champions - Old Actonians, in this final of the Middlesex Bowl competition. It was end to end stuff in the first quarter as Gs played into a stiff breeze and it was Old As who broke the deadlock with a well taken penalty. Gs drew level more or less straight away with a penalty from stand off, Conor Gilmore and then shortly after he pushed Gs into the lead with another penalty to make the score 3-6.

It was end to end stuff for the remainder of the half with neither team stretching ahead to any extent. The next score though came from an inspired piece of magic from prop, Martin Crossan who gathered the ball in loose play and in one movement, flipped it through his legs to the backs, when full back Chris Roberts, went in the for unconverted try to make it 3-11. The eventual half time score was 6-14 with a penalty added from both sides which included Conor Gilmores third.

All looked well for Gs in the second half as they played with the breeze behind them but as it turned out neither team used the elements particularly well. So the second half became a tense affair as each side defended and countered well.

It was the home side who scored first with an unconverted try to narrow the gap to three points. Then, almost straight away, Conor Gilmore stretched the lead back to six points with a penalty. Gs were able to gain some territory and from a five metre lineout, Martin Crossan gathered from a tap down, drove on to allow room for number eight, Louis Brown to slip in for an unconverted try and stretch the lead to eleven points at 11-22.

Back came Old As though as they surged forward to get back in the game with an unconverted try to put the gap back to six and it could have been four but for the conversion hitting the upright. Then as it looked like Gs would win out Old As got another try and needed the conversion to take the game but it sailed wide and Gs were able to run the clock down and the final score stayed at 21-22.

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