Merton V Croydon (2011_04_09)
Playing with the slope & wind, Croydon sewed this game up in the first half, which they totally dominated, running in 6 tries.
Croydon's victory was based on a dominant pack which shunted the opposition back at every set scrum, giving a talented back line plenty of quality ball to show off it's skills.
Toru Higuchi opened the scoring after 5 minutes when Shola Adenisan rampaged 30 metres down field & quick hands by Richard Woodhams & Sam Gleig put the full back clear on the overlap.
Croydon then proceeded to miss a number of opportunities with poor handling before Craig Bond went over down the blind side after the pack had pushed the opposition off it's own ball in the scrum.
Woodhams was now orchestrating things nicely from fly half & Croydon played some lovely rugby, the Pecorellas prominent with numerous drives from the back row.
Skipper, Chris Collcutt set up the next try with a drive which lead to a try for Dom Plumb. Plumb, enjoying the rare chance to play at No 8, then scored again with an unstoppable surge from a tap penalty near the line.
More pressure from the pack lead to the next try, Mburu stealing the ball as it squirted out from a retreating Merton scrum. 5 minutes later, Sam Gleig made it 6 tries when he scorched over after the Croydon forwards had turned over ruck ball. Mburu converted 5 of the tries with impressive drop kicks from various angles.
Merton salvaged their pride with a spirited performance in the second half, in which Croydon were unable to add to their score, but Collcutt will be very happy with this result which provided lots of entertainment in the sunshine for the travelling supporters.
Croydon Tries: TORU HIGUCHI 5, CRAIG BOND 18, DOM PLUMB 21,28, BENSON MBURU 35, SAM GLEIG 39. Conversions MBURU 5
1 Chris Collcutt
2 Alex Norcliffe
3 Luke Raynor
4 Shola Adenisan
5 Gareth Phillips
6 Chris Pecorella
7 Jamie Pecorella
8 Dom Plumb
9 Benson Mburu
10 Richard Woodhams
11 Bertrand Ongba
12 Craig Bond
13 Sam Gleig
14 Will Curtis
15 Toru HIguchi
16 Neal Thornton