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England deaf impressive in defeat

08 November 2010

  • Scrum half Lee Woollard impresses as England Deaf beaten by Northamptonshire Police
  • Brighton fly half Mark Lewis converts his own try before being withdrawn through injury

England Deaf were beaten 31-24 by Northamptonshire Police in a friendly at Old Northamptonians on Sunday despite 12 points from scrum half Lee Woollard.

Sidcup's Woollard scored a try and kicked two conversions and a penalty, but his last minute try came too late to deny the Police victory.

“It was a tough game for the lads," said Tony Stoyles, England Deaf’s director of rugby.

"The Police certainly came at us with their ‘strength & mighty'. I believe we managed to show our composure at the latter stage of the game, the lads played well and with vigour.

Bright future for England Deaf youngsters

“It’s matches like these that gives us the opportunity to look at our squad more closely for our due Internationals in February against Wales and March against Scotland.

“I am pleased with the overall performance from the squad. The team had some new young players introduced to give them a taste and to learn.

"We look forward to working with them for the future.”

Positives taken from defeat

Brighton fly half Mark Lewis gave England Deaf an early lead with a try which he also converted, but he was then forced out of the game with a ruptured bicep.

Flanker Barney Read of Shoreham crossed for England Deaf’s second try on the half hour, but the Police scored again on the stroke of half-time to stretch their lead to ten points.

The gap was increased to 31-14 early in the second half but Woollard kicked a penalty after 75 minutes, and then improved his own try with the final play of the match.