Mad dogs, Englishmen and Rasen Rugby Club go out in the midday sun as the red and greens took on Scunthorpe in the Lincolnshire Cup Final.
Scunthorpe began the game at a frantic pace and soon had Rasen deep in their own twenty two, forcing the red and greens to concede a penalty in the fifth minute. Winger Tom Barker slotted the kick, but two minutes later Rasen fly half Matt Sutton evened things up with a penalty as an over eager Scunthorpe back-rower loosed his bind.
Scunthorpe continued to make the early running and a pick up from number eight Jake Baron caused consternation in Rasen ranks as he found Barker in space. The winger had too much pace and sped in for the first try of the game and then added the conversion.
Rasen then had a period of dominance as a penalty was drilled to touch to set up the catch and drive routine. This powerful weapon yielded points as flanker Leigh Dearden was driven over.
Rasen then took full advantage of a Scunthorpe sin bin, the third of the game in fact, and in a carbon copy of the first score, Leigh Dearden was driven over before Sutton slotted the conversion for a slender 15 – 10 lead at the break.
Whatever was said in the Scunthorpe dressing room worked. Barker missed another penalty before Scunthorpe spread the ball wide and fullback Chris Neal joined the line to score in the corner.
From another quick tap penalty Baron powered his way over the line. With their tails up Scunthorpe ran in two further tries through scrumhalf Will Harrison and winger Gav Hale with centre Steve Johnson landing one conversion. Yellow fever then descended again, with Scunthorpe’s Ben Wright and Rasen’s Adam Dearden and Leigh Dearden Sin Binned.
A difficult pass was spilt by Rasen centre Adam Beasley and scooped up by Hale who doubled his try tally. From another penalty kick to touch Rasen completed a hat trick of catch and drive tries with skipper Dave Starling scoring. But a final lapse in concentration allowed Harrison a final try.