Grasshoppers 2nd XV win Middlesex Merit Cup

20th April 2015

Grasshoppers 2nd XV win Middlesex Merit Cup

Grasshoppers 2nd XV

Congratulations to the Grasshoppers 2nd XV who overcame Rosslyn Park IV's in a tightly contested Middlesex Merit Cup Final on Saturday 18th April.

Grasshoppers took on Rosslyn Park in the final of the Middlesex Merit cup, hosted by Park at "The Rock. The early exchanges were dominated by Park, who scored the first try to take a 5 point lead. They continued to pressure Grasshoppers after this initial score and only great defensive work from all of Gs players prevented Park from extending their lead. Time and again Park would venture deep into Gs territory only for Gs to secure crucial turnovers at the scrum and breakdown, with particularly important tackles from Callum Lewis and Roache Bruce-Quao.

 

This commitment by Grasshoppers was finally rewarded when a well earned penalty was converted by Connor Gilmore to reduce the score to 5-3. After their initial pressure Park weren't able to capitalise on the strong wind in their favour in the first half and the score remained at 5-3 at the interval.

With the wind now behind Grasshoppers they started the 2nd half the stronger, and then took the lead after Jeremy Easton broke through a number of tackles to score a fine try. Which was then converted by Connor Gilmore, making the score 5-10 in Grasshoppers favour. The closely fought contest was then evened up as Park scored their 2nd try making the score 10 a piece.

A sustained period of pressure from Gs was then rounded off by Roache, who cut a great line off Matt Reilly to score Gs second try. With the conversion missed, Grasshoppers didn't keep their 5 point lead for long. Park pressurised Gs again and scored their 3rd try to take a 17-15 lead. With the game now deep inside the final quarter neither side were giving an inch.

Grasshoppers were able to earn a penalty which Connor kicked to hand the lead back to Grasshoppers 17-18. As the clocked ticked down Park then converted a penalty of their of own to retake the lead 20-18 and appeared to have done enough to secure victory. However Gs summoned once last effort managing to get back into Park territory and earn another penalty. Connor Gilmore stepped up and nervelessly slotted the kick to put Gs ahead 20-21, a lead that Grasshoppers would hold onto for the final few moments and secure a memorable victory.

Captain Rob Coakley was presented with the trophy which was just reward for his efforts this season. Jack Barwick was nominated as Man of the match amid a host of impressive performances from all the Grasshoppers players.

Its another final for Grasshoppers on Sunday 25th April, when our 1st XV take on Old Actonians in the Middlesex Bowl Final, 3pm kick off at Wasps, Twyford Avenue, Acton, W3.



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