Vikings 68 Saffron Walden 0 Report from Graham Price
Twelve unanswered tries for the Vikings
North Walsham scored six unanswered tries in each half as they breezed past a rather underpowered Saffron Walden side, with eleven players getting on the scoresheet.
Walden featured ten of the squad which ran the Vikings close on two occasions last season, but only managed to disrupt the first scrum on the home put in, and had a poor afternoon at the lineout.
Vilikesa Vurewa and James Riley had early runs on the wing before Ryan Oakes took the lineout and drove over for the first score on 6 minutes. James Knight barrelled over shortly after following a 5 metre scrum.
Crisp tackling by Jake Duffield and Aki Downing kept the defensive line intact as torrential rain set in for the second quarter. Walden had their replacement blind-side in the sin bin as Will Hodgson scored the first of his two touchdowns, followed by a solo effort from Will Findlay from 12 metres.
Riley then freed Mike Braans to set up Roydon Miller for try number five, before Riley went over himself, leaving the Vikings 36-0 ahead at the break.
George Rossi was on in the second row as Tom Browes added to the total after the restart, with Josh Brown and Findlay continuing to probe from deep before Lachlan Brown-Bates scored from another drive at the lineout.
Braans celebrated by running round to score under the posts, for Duffield to convert, one of only four successes with the boot for the afternoon.
Another Hodgson break sent James Knight away, before pressure allowed replacement full back Freddie Henley-Hunter over the whitewash.
Chalk Hill Brewery man of the match Hodgson again gathered in the air from a restart to score the twelfth try, before Knight knocked on under the posts and the pace of Henley-Hunter prevented a breakout score by Saffron Walden at the final whistle.
Head of Rugby James Brooks felt Hodgson had an awesome game, with Riley nailing his position on the left wing with an outstanding display. He was pleased his team had achieved the half time objective of not allowing the visitors to score, by sewing them up in defence.
Team:- 15/ Josh Brown (18/ Freddie Henley-Hunter 48m) 14/ Vilikesa Vurewa 13/ Mike Braans 12/ James Knight 11/ James Riley 10/ Jake Duffield 9/ Will Findlay 1/ Aki Downing (16/ Tim Weber 41m) 2/ Lachlan Brown-Bates 3/ Tom Browes 4/ Ryan Oakes © 5/ Roydon Miller (17/ George Rossi 37m) 6/ Tom Knight 7/ Chris Godwin 8/ Will Hodgson
Scorers:- Try:- R Oakes; J Knight(2); W Hodgson(2); W Findlay; R Miller; JRiley;
T Browes; L Brown-Bates; M Braans; F Henley-Hunter.
Conversion:- J Duffield (4).
Head of Rugby:- James Brooks. Coaches:- Johnny Marsters; Joe Beardshaw.
Playing Director:- Alan Hepburn. Team Manager:- Mark Oakes.
Touch Judge:- John Baines. Physio:- Samuel Hobdell.
Referee:- Alex Ebbage (S E Group).