Deepings 19 Biggleswade 88
A brave Deepings side fought to the very last to score three tries against league leaders Bigglewade in a losing effort.
It was clear that Biggleswade had come to Linchfield Road expecting a win but Deepings were intent on making them work for it.
Deepings were urged on by a huge home crowd who acted like an extra man on the field for the home team.
The first 10 minute period was a forward-orientated battle and this matched the conditions perfectly.
Good defence was seen from both sides as the two burly packs went to war
Biggleswade eventually managed to end the stand-off up front and shipped the ball out to their eagerly awaiting back line. The ball eventually reached the wing and Biggleswade were over for their first score.
Deepings heads did not drop - they knew they were competing and wanted to get back into the game. From the re-start Deepings camped in the opposition half. Eventually the pressure they put on the defence paid off and they were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty. Fly half Dobie delicately chipped the ball into touch 10 yards from the Biggleswade line.
Deepings went about their business with their new line out set up. Veteran Paul Rogers jumped like a salmon to take the ball and the Deepings pack went on a rumble. Some good power driving meant that the try line was getting closer at every step. Chuzzlewit took the ball on from the back of the maul with an extremely powerful run and pirouetted, ballerina-style, to claim Deepings’ first points of the match. Dobie converted.
Biggleswade came back with a ferocious display of attacking rugby which eventually punched holes through the Deepings defence to score.
However, Deeping were shipping the ball well. Scrum half Gauchi and Dobie were commanding the game and giving centre David Buchan decent ball to attack with. Big Buchan was taking the ball into contact well making some strong yardage which the forwards were playing off. Andy “Jock” Meikle, James Rose-Clark and Rogers all took the ball on with pace.
After the break Biggleswade changed their game plan and started to use their powerful centre to batter through the Deepings back line, creating a flurry of tries for the visitors.
Deepings turned the pressure on through Rogers catching Dobie’s restart, and trundled down the paddock. Gauchi shipped a lovely pass to McCaw who, using his magic hands ,popped the ball up to a speeding Chuzzlewit to power through three Biggleswade defenders to score his second try of the game. Dobie added the extras.
The game carried on with Deepings defending with great effort. Peacock showed that he is suited to a role in the back row, putting in some big hits before coming off injured.
Biggleswade’s backs turned on the skills in the last 20 minute period scoring some well-worked tries.
However Deeping had not given up and quick thinking Gauchi took advantage of a quick tap penalty to score.
Man of the match: Paul Rogers.