Ton up as Malvern destroy Veseyans
Malvern 105 Veseyans 0
Malvern cruised through to the semi-final of the North Midlands Shield with a crushing victory against a weak Veseyans team.
From the starting kick, Malvern collected, moved the ball out to skipper Tom Hale and the winger left the defence standing for the first try within 40 seconds of the game's commencement.Rob Cook converted and the tone for the day had been set. Malvern again collected from the restart, a pattern which was to repeat itself like Groundhog Day throughout the afternoon, threatened the defence but knocked on. Winning the first of many scrums against the head, slick handling found Ieuan Mustow, who burst through to score, Cook converting. The next attack saw Hale caught, but he flipped the ball out for Cook to set scrum half George Parsons up for a score and another two points from Cook. The next play saw the ball head off to the right hand side of the field, where Conor Giggle was on hand to speed through and bag a try, Cook again converting. After Veseyans had won a penalty to take them into the home 22 area, Malvern turned the ball over and ran it back upfield, Mustow's kick and chase rewarded with another try. Turning over another Veseyans scrum, Malvern again worked the ball upfield, some brilliant interpassing between Giggle and Luke Milton ending with a score for the full back. The half ended with two more tries for Hale as he strolled through a easy run-ins against a flagging defence. Cook's conversions made the score 52-0 at the break and Malvern easing their way to a semi-final date against Whitchurch.
The second half was a case of repeating the dose, although Mustow did get held up on the line, only for the pack to arrive and drive on for him to score at the second attempt. Hale was next to put in a kick and chase for a try and Cook's conversion, then Ben King looked to be on course to join the score sheet but stumbled and knocked on. Pressure on the Veseyans scrum saw them take the ball behind the goal line, fail to touch it down and Malvern won the resulting maul for a rare Adam Green score. As Malvern were now running at will through a tiring and dispirited Veseyans defence, Hale scorched through, then prop Liam Roleston joined in with a stunning 40 metre sprint , then earned himself a rest by collecting a yellow card for a tip tackle. Rob Cook then dummied throgh for a try, King got onto the roster with a try and conversion, George Parsons brought up the century and, fittingly, Ieuan Mustow completed proceedings.
It is believed that the105-0 scoreline may be a new record, beating the previous best by one point, although this has to be substantiated. For whatever reason, Veseyans did not bring their strongest side, which was a disappointment as Malvern had hoped to test themselves against a team from a different league. In the end it became more of a training run, before their return to league duties next Saturday, at home to Old Yardleians at Spring Lane with a kick off at 2.15pm.