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Veseyans
Camp Hill
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Jordan bags a brace to keep promotion hopes alive !

report from 'The Puff'

Camp Hill knew that only a bonus point victory at Veseyans would be enough to capitalise on the meeting of the top two and, after a sticky first period they achieved this in style running in six tries and scoring 40 points for the second week running.

Camps dominated possession from the start of the game and the home side were soon reduced to 14 men when their prop tried to fend off a Harry Cunningham tackle with a forearm.

Several chances went begging before a neat inside pass gave full back Jordan Oliver, making his first appearance since December 2014, the chance to burst through the middle and under the posts. Barney Edwards converted.

Camps kept up the pressure and a fine run from Harry Cunningham nearly produced a try for winger Matt Clarke. The penalty count against the home side and the boot of Barney Edwards gave Camps a number of excellent opportunities but Veseyans generally found a way to disrupt the usually reliable Camp Hill line out. Veseyans had presented no real threat but when Camps tried to run the ball out of their own 22 the ball was turned over and Veseyans took the opportunity to tie the scores and, despite more Camps pressure that’s how it remained at half-time.

Camps started the second half strongly with Jonny Betty and Adam Pinfield prominent but would have fallen behind but for some excellent cover defence from Clarke to thwart a Veseyans breakaway.

Finally, however, a Camp Hill line out went to plan, Harry Cunningham to scrum half Lloyd Roberts and he slipped the ball to hooker Adam Willis to add to his impressive try tally. Barney converted. The fly half kicked superbly all afternoon whether from the tee or from hand and another huge clearance pegged the home side back immediately. Some clever interplay and a lovely pass from Jon Betty put Jordan Oliver clear again and the man off the match ran in another excellent try to make it 19-7. With Veseyans defensive resolve finally wilting in the warm afternoon sun, Camps were able to play some more expansive rugby and run in three more tries. First, nice interplay between 'Nobby' Freeman and Lloyd Roberts took play close to the Veseyans line and although the ball was held up ,the impressive Matt Clarke was on hand to rip the ball clear and drop over the line to secure the bonus point. Barney converted.

The next try was made in Wales as Lloyd Roberts made another excellent break before feeding Number 8 Rob Hunt who romped over for another converted try. The final try followed another take at the now fully functioning line out and when the ball was moved quickly though the backs winger Mark Lisle crossed for the score. There was just time for a restart following the Edwards conversion and this was expertly caught by prop Austin Bolger who gleefully booted the ball into touch to end a very enjoyable afternoon.

So, with Stourbridge beating Leek they now top the table with 87 points, Camps are second on 85 with Leek 1 point behind. (full table below) All to play for in two weeks time so a big crowd is expected for the final home game of the season against our old friends from Walsall, which will also be Chairmans Day and the last of this Seasons Club Socials.

http://www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results/competitions/midlands-division/2016-2017/group/21151#/table

Beech House, Solihull Man of The Match - Jordan Oliver

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Stourbridge Lions 22 92
2. Camp Hill 22 90
3. Leek 22 84
4. Walsall 22 73
5. Tamworth 22 62
6. Kidderminster 22 54
7. Veseyans 22 42

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