Peterborough RUFC coach starts his reign with a comfortable win

Newish Peterborough RUFC coach Shane Manning started his reign with a convincing 41-12 friendly win over neighbours Stamford at Fengate.

By Alan Swann
Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 12:29 pm
Peterborough Lions kick the ball clear in an under 18 game against Borough. Photo: Mick Sutterby.
Peterborough Lions kick the ball clear in an under 18 game against Borough. Photo: Mick Sutterby.

Manning, who was seeing his team in action for the first time 10 months after his appointment, was happy enough with the display, but admitted there remains plenty to work on.

Neither team had played for over a year because of Covid with the 2020-21 clubs league season completely wiped out.

“I was happy with the performance considering it was our first game in 13 months,” Manning stated.

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Action from Borough Under 18s v Peterborough Lions (blue). Photo: Mick Sutterby.

“There is lots to work on and we are far from where we want to be, but it’s a start.

“There were some pleasing individual displays.

“Josh Myles played really well, causing problems with ball in hand, while Michael Hall also lead the team from all around the pitch really well and Zac McClure was busy all game.”

Playing conditions were excellent, but both teams were rusty and struggled at first with the rules introduced as a result of the pandemic.

Once both teams settled down and got into their work the game became a decent spectacle.

Borough started well and scored two tries to lead 12-0, but Stamford reduced the deficit to 12-7 by the break. Borough took control in the second-half and ran in five more tries to run out comfortable winners.

Borough’s try scorers were Myles (2), Zac McClure,Josh Lynch,Louis Smedley, Sam Crooks and Byron Van Uden.

Van Uden also kicked three conversions.

Borough are in action again this Saturday (May 8) when taking a team of first and second team players to Milton Keynes for a friendly.

Junior rugby also returned to Fengate at the weekend with Borough under 18s celebrating an emphatic 56-10 win over city rivals Peterborough Lions.

Owain Masters came off the bench to score two tries for Borough, while there was one score apiece for Alexander Loose, Alfie Russell, Drew Nevill, Ethan Manning, Felix Anderson, Finn James, George Goy and Josh Webster with captain Lawrence Teague kicking two conversions and Anderson one.

The two clubs also met at under-13 level with a late equaliser from Lions leaving the match tied at six tries apiece.