Ground frost shaken off with dominant win
After a 3 week period without a game due to the ever-changing British weather, Daventry 3rds picked up where they left off against a younger, well drilled Rugby St Andrews side.
With temperatures well above average for this time in the season and having had 3 weeks off due to the ground frost, you could be forgiven for expecting a slow start to this game but the younger squad of St Andrews were not going to allow this and so Daventry had to stamp their authority from the word go.
Superb scrummaging and several line-out steals by the forwards put the St Andrews pack on the back foot and enabled the Daventry backs to run with the freedom and confidence that has been lacking until recently. The first try of the afternoon came on 10 minutes with another scrum on the 5 metre line having an 8 man shove over the line allowing number 8 Lee Collett to drop on the ball. Conversion missed. This was to be a pattern for the rest of the first half with 2 more tries scored through the front 8; unfortunately no conversions were made which left St Andrews closer than desired. A lack of attention throughout the Daventry team allowed a St Andrews try after a quick tap penalty and numerous missed tackles. This mistake was not to be repeated and having not converted the try, these were to be the last points of the afternoon for St Andrews. Score at Half time Daventry 15 – St Andrews 5. Daventry started the second half strongly and after putting the St Andrews attack under pressure a 4th try was soon scored by Lee Collett after another big drive by forwards, This was Lee’s hat-trick try. Try was converted successfully by Sean Tapping. Soon after a 5th try was scored by Sean Tapping who stepped into the line and burst through a couple of tackles from 10 metres out, Sean converting his own try.
This was a thoroughly deserved win for Daventry who dominated from start to finish and proved themselves to be more than a match for a young improving St Andrews side. Final score Daventry 29 – Rugby St Andrews 5.
Man of the Match was a joint reward for Chris Parkinson and Simon Dommet whose scrummaging and support play throughout the afternoon was superb.