Biggy show spirit

PUBLISHED: 10:07 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:17 06 May 2010

Leicester Vipers 29 Biggleswade 5 Biggy were forced into nine changes to the side that beat Dunstable second team due to work and other commitments. They started the encounter against the wind but with the slope. A quick lineout in Vipers 22 spun down t

Leicester Vipers 29 Biggleswade 5

Biggy were forced into nine changes to the side that beat Dunstable second team due to work and other commitments.

They started the encounter against the wind but with the slope.

A quick lineout in Vipers' 22 spun down their backs led to their first try in the corner.

Vipers scored twice more in the half but it was Biggleswade who were on top going into the break.

The visitors were awarded penalty after penalty inside Vipers' 22 but the referee failed to resort to cards for persistent infringements.

A deep kick from the restart into Vipers' 22 gave Biggy a lineout close to the home side's line.

Biggy's pack continued their domination from the first half and pressed Vipers' line. It was Pete Shea who touched the ball down following an excellent pushover try from a five-metre scrum.

This was Biggy's only score and despite being on top for much of the half, it was Vipers who scored twice more from breakaways by their backs.

Biggy came close to scoring a second when fly-half Mark Rastrick made a half break and off-loaded from the tackle to Nathan Thoday who drew his man and passed to Adam Sewell. Sewell crossed the line but the referee felt the pass from Rastrick was forward and called play back for a Vipers scrum.

Captain Rastrick said: "I would like to thank the guys for the effort this week and making themselves available to travel.

"They stepped up to the mark and showed the character and spirit we need to move forward in the league."

With only 24 points separating them from leaders Vipers - who have beaten others by much bigger margins - Biggy can take heart going into Saturday's home game against Old Newtonians who beat them by only a point in their last encounter.

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