RUGBY UNION: SILHILLIANS landed the first tie of the traditional ‘Bog Seat Battle’ against Nuneaton Old Edwardian’s in a largely one-sided contest on home turf.
The contest, given its name following the theft of a toilet seat at Nuneaton’s ground several years ago, provided Silhillians with a timely confidence boost as the season reaches its half way point.
Sils started the stronger side, putting their patterns in place to earn them some early possession up front.
Sustained pressure eventually told when Matt Lee crossed the whitewash to register Sils’ first points of the game.
Tom Lee continued Sils’ good form with a penalty kick before James Arney broke through Nuneaton’s pack to put Harry Pick in the clear for a simple 20m sprint to the line.
But he was caught five metres short as Sils’ hopes of running away – literally – with the game died.
The last minute tackle triggered a change in the game’s momentum as the rest of the half firmly belonged to Old Ed’s.
Sils’ penalty count increased which led to several driving maul lineouts and an eventual Old Ed’s try.
Joe Bullock was then confronted by a frustrated Nuneaton man, which resulted in a yellow card, as the half ended 10-5.
Strong work on the line out and scrum helped Sil’s as Ronan Jones led the scrum unit while Tim Trace co-ordinated line outs.
Dom Marks was sent free down the left touchline to roll over the line and extend the home side’s lead.
Sil’s skipper Tom Lee immediately got Sils into contention of another try from the restart when Nuneaton’s winger clumsily knocked the ball backwards into touch.
James Arney then hurled the ball to Harry Pick for a quick line out throw before the fly half crossed under the posts.
Sils’ progress was slightly thwarted with a Matt Lee yellow card.
But they were soon back on track when Nick Elliott’s carry allowed Harry Pick to earn Sils’ first bonus point of the season.
A consolation Nuneaton try did little to dampen Sils’ spirits.
This week’s fixture see Sils travel away to Old Yardlian’s.