Vets face Barbarians in honour of late Rob

Dinnington Vets v South Yorkshire XV in memory of Rob Hurdley
Dinnington Vets v South Yorkshire XV in memory of Rob Hurdley
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Dinnington Vets took on a South Yorkshire Barbarians side on Saturday, in a game arranged in memory of Rob Hurdley - the former Lodge Lane player, coach and sponsor.

According to the referee, the encounter ended in an honourable 7-7 draw.

Dinnington Vets v South Yorkshire XV in memory of Rob Hurdley

Dinnington Vets v South Yorkshire XV in memory of Rob Hurdley

Dinnington feared the worst as they scanned the opposition who not only had a big squad to choose from, but some very good players in it.

Dinnington had the elements with them in the first half and managed to keep play mainly in the Barbarians’ half with some good positional kicking and solid forward play.

However, the final pass went astray too often and despite having five or six clear chances, there was no score when half-time came.

Barbarians rang the changes at half-time and brought on some of their quicker players.

Dinnington’s forwards worked hard to keep possession away from these players but, 10 minutes in, were caught out by the visitor’s pack.

From a line-out close to half way, the Barbarians drove a maul to within touching distance of the home line before their scrum-half, ex-Dinnington captain Eddie Joel, nipped down the blindside to score a converted try.

This came 10 minutes into the half but the visitors could not build on it partly because of the conditions and partly because of Dinnington’s work rate.

As the game went into the last quarter, Dinnington started to get on top as their forwards mounted pressure on the South Yorkshire Barbarians defence.

The home side worked the ball through numerous phases before Barry Yeend broke through from 10 metres out.

Richard Cockerham levelled the scores from in front of the posts and the game ended with both sides playing out time.