Rugby: Deepings overpower Bedford Swifts

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Deepings Rugby Football Club’s first XV have put together four back-to-back wins now but there is still a long way to go in Midland Division Midlands 3 East (South).

They beat Bedford Swifts 10-8 at home on Saturday but the lack of finishing off set piece moves kept the visitors in the game until the final whistle.

Deepings, while not necessarily the odominant side, held on to 60 per cent of ball possession but knock-ons and missed passes cost them.

The first score went to Deepings. Swifts gained a scrum from a Deeping knock-on just inside their 10 metre line, the second row struck the ball in the scrum a little too energetically sending out past the number eight.

With his cat like reactions Deepings number six Lewis Cannell broke off and with a perfectly-weighted toe poke, sent the ball through the Swifts’ disarranged back line.

The ball bounced and bounced again and then sat up for Cannell to scoop it in his arms.

He set off for the try line with scrum half Lance Charity, jogging alongside in support. As the two neared the try line the Swifts defence closed in but Charity was able to power Cannell over the line for his first try in four seasons.

A conversion and further penalty kept Deepings ahead as Swifts battered their way through the Deepings defence early in the second half for their try.

The game was postponed eight minutes from the end and pitches had to be changed when a Swifts player broke an ankle.

An ambulance attended and he was taken to Peterborough City Hospital. The Deepings club wishes him a speedy recovery.

Deepings are away to Brackley on Saturday and on Sunday the Ladies travel down to Leighton Buzzard.