07 March 2016 / Club News

Shotton Steel 67 Menai Bridge 12

Shotton Steel were the comprehensive victors in a very entertaining match that produced some epic ball handling and tackling at Rowley’s Drive. The Steelmen dominated every aspect of play being successful at virtually every set piece and this set a great platform for some really nice spectator-friendly rugby that was pleasing on the eye. Despite Steel’s dominance Menai made a brave fist of things and kept battling right to the death. The first of Shotton’s tries came from a powerful advance by No 8 Huw Sargeant, followed shortly by another from in-form winger Shaun Myddleton after smart handling along the line. Dan Lynskey crossed on 22 minutes with what seemed like an effortless run. Great tight work and power was the theme of the next score which saw prop Shane Poynton crash over. More excellent handling released centre Karl Rusowicz and two conversions were added from the boot of Steve Ellson giving Steel a 29 points to nil advantage at the break.
More pack dominance in the 2nd period allowed the Shotton back line to run amuck! After winning the Menai scrum against the head, Matt Condren scythed through their defence to touch down with Steve Ellson slotting over the extras. Rusowicz completed his brace after more impressive handling, followed shortly by Myddleton’s second after being released with some slick ball work from Lynskey. Lewis Evans, on as a sub, chased down a kick and showed a clean pair of heels to score his first try for the 1st team and eagerly received the plaudits of his team mates. The classiest try of the game saw sub, Gavin Roper, completely bedazzle the Menai defence with at least four ‘show n go’s’ with Ellson once again adding the icing on the cake. Shaun Myddleton capped off a polished performance to score his third try despite being harangued by the Menai defence.
This was an outstanding game where the entire team excelled and discipline was much improved with only a few penalties.
With Bro not able to record a bonus point, the gap to second in the league closed to 3 points with Shotton looking to snaffle second place in the promotion race.

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