Thread-bare Scorpions run out of steam

PUBLISHED: 14:05 22 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:05 22 September 2014

A bare XV Saffron Walden Scorpions were overpowered in the latter stages of their game with Cantabs, going down 20-12.

Arriving with just 14 players, Ian Lyons was persuaded to play despite a hand injury sustained in last week’s victory and Cantabs had a squad of 20 waiting.

Captain Rob Nolan asked for a huge effort and right from the kick-off it duly came, Nolan himself running from deep into Cantabs’ 22 where Walden remained camped for the next 25 minutes, depite being reduced to 14 when fly half Andrew Pierson was forced to leave the field after 15 minutes with an injury.

Completely against the run of play, an interception allowed the home side to take the lead, but Walden regrouped and responded immediately. A lineout in the Cantabs’ 22 was driven on by the forwards and eventually Nolan rumbled over for an equalising score.

The second half began in the same vein as the first, the Walden pack dominating the scrum and Tom Williams bossing the lineout. After 15 minutes, sustained Walden pressure resulted in a couple of penalies and when a third was conceded, scrum half Steve Langford tapped quickly and burst through the Cantabs ranks for a 12-5 lead.

However, as time moved on, the Walden legs began to tire and crucially Williams was forced to leave the field through injury. The home side seized their chance and, with Walden’s depleted numbers in defence and the lineout domination ended, used their numbers to work the ball wide for a couple of late tries.

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