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Holt Rugby Club’s Boxing Day match is a thrilling affair

PUBLISHED: 11:12 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:12 27 December 2017

Brothers Charlie, Harry and Josh Simmons at Holt Rugby Club's traditional Boxing Day match. Picture: Amelia Ghanbouri

Brothers Charlie, Harry and Josh Simmons at Holt Rugby Club's traditional Boxing Day match. Picture: Amelia Ghanbouri

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A large crowd at Bridge Road were treated to a veritable feast of free-flowing rugby as a strong Presidents’ XV took on Holt in the traditional Boxing Day game.

Robbie Gray in the thick of the action during the tradtional Boxing Day match at Holt Rugby Club. Picture:Amelia Ghanbouri Robbie Gray in the thick of the action during the tradtional Boxing Day match at Holt Rugby Club. Picture:Amelia Ghanbouri

In a match that produced 13 tries, five for the home side and eight for the guests, there was barely an opportunity for either set of players to rest in a contest superbly refereed by David Speck.

Holt half-backs Chilli and Josh Simmons were quick to release the ball wide at every opportunity while young Jack Webster and George Seaman also caught the eye.

Tom Lomax at full-back was a key man for the Presidents’ side while James Buckland and winger Callum Mackenzie sparkled in the wide channels. Mackenzie ended the day with a hat-trick and scored a wonderful individual effort from 75 metres out as the tries flowed right up to the final whistle.

Holt’s captain Rob Gray led from the front with typically effective attacking and defensive play and will have been pleased with the efforts of his squad.

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