Georgians slip to defeat at Sheffield
Sheffield are always tough to beat at home and for the second match in succession this season the Georgians traveled away to Abbeydale for what was a full blooded encounter.
Sheff started at pace using their big back 5 ball carriers time and again but rugged defence kept them honest.
An early penalty to the corner saw Sheff use their well practiced catch and drive but a great turnover (one of many) from Jack Spurr set the Geos onto a 60 m counter attack.
The Georgian scrum was dominant and very unlucky not to have been awarded penalties but a series of attacks saw the Sheff prop yellow carded after several penalties in the red zone but eventually Jack Spurr crashed over for a 5 v 0 lead.
Much of the game was played in the centre third of the pitch and fiercely contested, a penalty against the Georgians scrum saw Sheff attacking and eventually after twelve or so phases crashed over and a slender 7 v 5 lead at half time.
The second half saw much of the same, sadly injuries to Ninja, Lovers and Jacques in the course of 5 mins meant rearranging the side and with it some fluency.
In the end it was two errors out wide that Sheffield profited from, the first one being counter rucked and losing control of the ball saw them launch a counter attack which ended in a well taken try 14 v 5
The last score was from a defensive clearance by the Sheffield full back after a series of Georgian attacks, the ball was allowed to bounce and evade the despairing dive giving the Sheff winger the chance to fly hack on to score 19 v 5
Lots of positives in the performances, scrum was dominant and the defensive effort pretty much neutralised their big ball carriers for large parts of the game and we made a number of superb clean breaks.
Onwards to Yarnbury next week and we eagerly await the return if Sheff make it up to Harrogate later in the year.
Match Report by Tim Clough