TWOS ROMP THEIR WAY TO EMPHATIC DERBY VICTORY
ENFIELD IGNATIANS IIs: 41 - SARACENS IIs: 5
HERTS-MIDDLESEX MERIT TABLE TWO
Derby clashes, with local pride at stake, are meant to be tight, tense affairs. However, the twos turned the theory on its head after dominating visiting Sarries IIs by imprisoning the Bramley Road side in a vice-like grip from which there was no escape at Donkey Lane.
Setting their stall out early and farming the wind and the slope, the blue and golds were soon humming along nicely and, after getting good width on their game, they carved the necessary space to work-in the speedy Eron Dottin-Wilson.
Not that there was any let-up in the tempo and a number eight pick-up from the back from the back of the scrum setting the wheels in motion the second try, with promising youngster Lucas Yoxall finishing off his own good work by beating his man on the way to the line.
The Ignatians' backrow had a field-day and blindside flanker, Mason Parker-Collom, ushered in a 17-0 half-time lead by cutting a lovely line and securing try number three.
Acutely aware that conditions would be against them in the second-half, the twos reaffirmed the need to hit the ground running, and they were as good as their word with Man of the Match Dai Fulcher (Pictured) neatly setting-up try number four which was mopped-up by Lewis White. The introduction of Daroush Fayaz, who replaced the departing Parker-Collom, paid almost immediate dividends with the replacement backrower tucking away with relish a close range effort.
Playing in fits and starts, Sarries re-surfaced periodically, and their enterprise was rewarded with a well-worked try. Admittedly, the kicking of the usually dependable Paul Duke was hit-and-miss and a penalty which struck the uprights looked to be another missed opportunity. Not a bit as the foragers in the side, and notably Henry Pritchard, was quick to farm the re-bound opportunity by claiming try number six. Ignatians also added a seventh and Stiven Florez, on for Eron Dottin-Wilson, finished off in style as the blue and golds ledger, well in the black, also absorbed a total of three Duke conversions.
Team spokesman Paul Duke: "It was great to be able to welcome some of our injury returnees such as Carl Asare-Anderson, and Dai Fulcher had an outstanding game and was crowned Man of the Match.
"We set out our stall early in this game and everyone was up for it from the first whistle. I thought our lineout was excellent. We 'lifted' Jake Baker and Henry Pritchard and they secured some excellent takes as well as pinching some opposition throws. Anzl Swartz was also highly eff