Shea leaves big void for Biggy

PUBLISHED: 15:03 09 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:11 06 May 2010

Biggy compete against Vipers

Biggy compete against Vipers

Midlands Four East (South) Biggleswade 7 Vipers 29 Top of the table Vipers showed their class in the first 30 minutes of Saturday s match. But then Biggleswade dug so deep they won the next 50, scoring the try of the game in the process. Leaders Vipers h

Peter Shea.

Midlands Four East (South)

Biggleswade 7 Vipers 29

Top of the table Vipers showed their class in the first 30 minutes of Saturday's match.

But then Biggleswade dug so deep they won the next 50, scoring the try of the game in the process.

Leaders Vipers have been piling up massive scores against other sides in the league and Biggleswade looked to be heading the same way.

Despite a good opening burst, Biggleswade were soon rocked by the explosive running and sharp passing of the visitors.

After the Leicester outfit had taken control with four tries, Biggy frustrated their ambitions to add to the total.

Scrum-half Ross Taylor was again a thorn in the opposition's side but the pace of Matt Keen also caused problems.

It was these two who combined in a staggering inter-passing movement from inside their own half that led to Keen scoring the try of the match under the posts.

Biggleswade continued to press hard for another score.

Flanker Sam Churms had one storming 30-yard run and Adam Sewell was always safe at full-back and on the counter attack.

Despite the welcome return of James Bakewell, the pack without the leadership of Peter Shea (absent on international duty with the England Deaf Rugby squad in Wales) struggled against a well-organised front five.

Although beaten, there were plenty of plus points to suggest that Biggleswade could do well against the likes of Oadby and Long Buckby as well as Rushden and Newtonians who have still to visit Langford Road.

P Biggleswade's long-serving number eight Peter Shea played for England at the weekend.

It was not in front of 82,000 at Twickenham but a much smaller crowd at Swansea for the England Deaf Rugby team.

Although the Welsh hosts won easily by 65-0, Shea enjoyed the experience.

He played for all of the second half alongside players from National League Two downwards.

The 39-year-old, who is profoundly deaf, has been a regular member of the first team at Langford Road for the last eight years including two championship winning seasons.

Their next international is against Scotland on Saturday, November 18, and Shea is confident that he did enough on Saturday to be in with a good chance of selection.

He said: "It was quicker than a normal club match, but playing with quality players was a great experience."

The Knebworth-based England Deaf Rugby Union (EDRU) development officer Andy Stonehouse added: "I'd like to congratulate Pete on his international debut.

"When I first saw him at the friendly match between Biggleswade and my club Hitchin back in September, I introduced him to our director of rugby for the EDRU.

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