Old Saltleians 38 – Veseyans 12

Saturday saw a break from league action as Veseyan’s visited local rivals Old Salts in the semi-finals of the Shield Plate Cup Trophy. Veseyan’s arrived in optimistic fashion following their recent strong league performances. V’s started slowly and quickly found themselves two scores down within the first five minutes. A deceptively strong wind coupled with well-placed kicks kept V’s in their own half for a majority of the first half allowing further tries. Good distribution from Salt’s backs was met with an unnaturally narrow V’s defensive line allowing a further score in the corner to put Salts 38 – 0 up at the break. V’s were given a wakeup call at half time with expectation levels clearly not being met. V’s started the second half much better than the first with more aggressive running and support play. Injury, unnecessary roughness and an outstanding facial tackle ensured V’s no longer had a suitable front row so scrums became uncontested and V’s had to play the remainder with 14 men. Continued pressure from V’s and slick distribution from their back line allowed Matt Hikpiss to cross for their first score of the day. V’s were unfortunate to have another try disallowed shortly after. Better line speed allowed V’s to pounce on a loose ball and Jack Ward’s well weighted kick bounced kindly for him to cross and score in the corner with the last play of the game. Veseyan’s will be buoyed by their improved second half display and will hope to build further on this as they return to Old Salts for their League fixture this weekend.