In windy conditions in Shrewsbury it was Vs who came out on top after a faultless second half display.
Vs didn’t start the game well as they found themselves under the posts inside five minutes after a try from the Shrewsbury fly half. But Vs hit back soon after, with 2 tries in quick succession from Ryan Brunsden and Matt Gillick respectively, both capping off excellent moves from the Vs backs. Ill-discipline from Veseyans at the breakdown allowed Shrewsbury an easy route back into the lead, after a try and a penalty, putting them 13-10 up at the break.
The break galvanised the Veseyans team and they started the half well, playing their rugby in the right areas and exploiting the windy conditions. All their pressure however, didn’t materialise into any points. This lack of execution resulted in Shrewsbury easing the pressure on themselves with a try from close range by their forward pack.
Vs immediately kicked into action. Brunsden was able to score his second try after making a break inside his own 22, and running the length of the field to score in the corner, converted by Adam Ward.
Almost straight from the kick off, Vs had scored again, and again it was through Brunsden, who made full use of the space out wide to beat his marker and score once more to complete his hat trick. This put Vs into a 22-18 lead.
Vs were now playing with their tails up, and with 5 minutes remaining their expansive backs play gave Brunsden yet more space to run into, leaving his defender for dead and finishing in the corner to grab a bonus point for Vs, converted by Ward.
The Vs were 11 points up, but with 5 minutes remaining there was still a lot of work to be done. Hard hitting from the forwards, most noticeably Rob Lenderyou and James Graham, who were both rocks in the defence all game, kept Shrewsbury out until the last play of the game, when a try was scored, through their very organised forwards to grab 2 bonus points from the game for the hosts.
Vs now await their game at home to Stafford looking to build on this week’s performance.