Rasen brimming with confidence after treble
THE Red and Greens travel to newly promoted Market Bosworth after completing a hat-trick of league victories last weekend.
Rasen have risen to fifth in the Midlands 1 East table following their 32-24 triumph over Peterborough.
However, the visitors made a bright start to the Willingham Road clash.
In the third minute, quick off-the-top ball from a line-out found its way to number eight Pete Kolakawski who drove at the home defence before his off-load to Sam Redhead allowed the full-back to run in under the posts.
Fly-half Duncan Low slotted the conversion for the visitors.
The hosts made a swift response and, after an untidy scrum, prop Chris Starling was driven over.
Centre Meehal Grint nailed the tricky conversion to bring the sides level with only six minutes gone.
Peterborough were dealt a blow when flanker Andy McMenemy was issued with a yellow card, but the visitors were back in front when Low kicked a penalty.
Deep in Peterborough's 22, Rasen prop Ollie Cole brushed aside defenders before offloading to Dave Starling who crossed the whitewash, leaving Grint with a simple conversion.
Hooker Matt Ashton then burst into the open before linking with Grint, who spread the ball wide for Nick Harvey to run in at the corner.
Grint's unsuccessful conversion attempt brought the half to a close with Rasen holding a 19-10 lead.
An early Grint penalty two minutes into the second half extended the lead, but then Rasen suffered from imprecision and indiscipline.
Ashton made another run to put Cole in for a score, but this was ruled out for an earlier knock-on and then an inappropriate remark cost Rasen the chance to contest the scrum as 'Borough were awarded a penalty.
Flanker Ben Chamberlin was banished to the sin bin for not rolling away at a tackle and four minutes later substitute Simon Marwood joined his team-mate to leave Rasen down to 13.
Peterborough took full advantage and from an attacking scrum, fly-half Low cut through a hole in the Rasen defence to score under the posts before landing the conversion to bring his side to within one score.
However, the visitors transgressed to allow Grint to add a further penalty kick before a kick to touch allowed the catch and drive where Chamberlin – returning from the sin bin – was driven over.
Grint continued his fine kicking form with a sweetly struck conversion to put Rasen out of sight with four minutes remaining.
But Low again darted through the home defence to create the space for substitute centre James Gill to run in a consolation try, with Low's successful conversion bringing the game to an end.