Malvern Mangled as Evesham Roll On
Home side pass the test in a physical battle
Watching parents wondered which Malvern side would turn up to the semi-tropical venue that was Blind Lane on Sunday morning. Would it be the tough outfit that gave the home side a hell of a game two years ago, or last year's below-par outfit?
At the start of Sunday's match it looked as if the visitors had rediscovered their mojo as they were giving the Evesham boys the sort of physical test they haven't often come across. Both teams were marooned in a morass of midfield rucks, struggling to make much headway and the game was building into a real battle.
However, the home side's class began to tell and the electric pace of the Evesham backs showed in a series of try-scoring breaks as they ran out comfortable winners. In truth the scoreline flattered Evesham as it didn't reflect the overall balance of the match.
As so often happens it was a solo effort from Harry that broke the deadlock as he ripped the ball in a maul to score the first of his five tries. He bagged his second before Luke R made it three with an outstanding catch and jinking run.
Both sides were tackling really well and the visitors pulled one back before Django and Harry again scored to make it 5-1 at half-time.
Any hopes of a Malvern comeback were soon crushed with more Evesham scores. First good rucking and lovely hands from Harry put Luke D in, then Freddie scorched through the defence. Django made it 8-1 before the game Malvern lads pulled two tries back. Two more from Harry and one from Luke T took the try count into double figures before a lovely passage of play -consecutive rucks and good hands gave Harry a walkover for his fifth to make the final score 11-3
Man of the match for his distribution and control of the backline was Ollie A