RUGBY UNION - Boars move top despite Derby draw - The Bromsgrove Standard

RUGBY UNION - Boars move top despite Derby draw

HUGH Lockhart’s last gasp try earned Bromsgrove RFC a 26-26 draw away at Derby a result which lifts the Boars to the top of the table.

Lockhart touched down on 78 minutes with the try converted by Will Harris after Tom Sadler crossed twice and Finn Haynes dotted down in the first half at Haslams Lane.

Bromsgrove now lead the Regional 1 Midlands table by one point, after Dudley Kingswinford’s game was postponed, although the two teams below them have two games in hand.

Boars’ wing Josh Holt brought up a century of appearances in a Bromsgrove shirt as the fixture proved to be the sole survivor of the division with the other five matches postponed due to the cold weather.

And the visitors scored the game’s first try when Sadler crossed for his first of the afternoon on 19 minutes although the conversion was missed.

Derby responded with a try of their own before Haynes restored Bromsgrove’s lead on 25 minutes as Harris kicked the conversion.

And Sadler’s second try of the game on 32 minutes put the Boars in command only for Derby to hit back, after the home side stole the ball at a Bromsgrove lineout.

This sent Bromsgrove into the break with a 19-12 lead despite missing both of their regular lock’s and were unable to train in the week due to the freezing conditions.

However, Derby turned the game around in the second period with two converted tries in the space of four second-half minutes to leave Bromsgrove stunned.

The home side were on course for victory until Lockhart touched down the Boars bonus point try with two minutes left to play and Harris kicked his third conversion from four to bring the scores level.

And the visitors even had a chance to snatch victory at the death as the Boars took three points from the fixture in what was the first draw in the division this season.

Bromsgrove are next in action at home to Dudley Kingswinford on Saturday, January 28 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Finstall Park.

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