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Veterans Day a roaring success


THE SUN came out for the first Veterans Day for BP RUFC, there were lots of familiar faces down offering big support from the touchline, writes Tom Smith.

BP RUFC played Hornsea RUFC in the first veterans’ fixture. The first half was a very close fought affair with Hornsea starting the stronger of the two teams scoring the first try through their captain Gareth Laycock.

BP battled against the wind and the sun well in the first half and weathered the Hornsea pressure in the first 20 and they then started to take control through the forwards in open play and a completely dominant scrum.

The scrum led to BPs first try with a penalty try as Hornsea’s forwards couldn’t handle the power of their opponents’. With scoring opportunities at a premium, the half ended with BP holding on to a 7-5 lead.

The second half started well for the home side and the introduction of BP’s formidable bench led to five more tries being scored by the hosts. This was a commanding performance from the forwards with size and strength all over the park which laid the platform for the backs to score all of the tries with some fantastic finishes.

It could even have been six if BP’s winger Jon Farrow had realised that the five-yard line wasn’t actually the try line, earning him a welldeserved ‘tit of the week’ award. An impressive performance overall from 1 to 21, the game finishing with BP taking the spoils 36-10 and a great day was had by all.

The match was very well attended by old and new, the WAGS were down in force and it was followed by a very good night out. A big thank you to all the sponsors for their support.

Veterans man of the match - Stephen Cooper Players man of the match - Toby Sanders

BP tries; Tom Smith, Stephen Cooper, Ryan Laking, Jon Farrow (2) and a Penalty try. Conversions Ben Newton (2).

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