hailed Oundle’s 14-try derby demolition of Old Grammarians as one of the best performance he had ever seen from his team.
The Owls dominated all facets of the game as they returned to winning ways in Midlands Four East (South) in some style.
“To say that I was happy afterwards was an understatement, I don’t think I have ever seen us play so well,” said Rice.
“Everything about our game functioned perfectly.
“Our scrums were solid, our lineouts were excellent, we won all our ball, all our tackles and pretty much every time we had the ball, we scored.
“I told the lads afterwards that we would have beaten anyone in our league playing like that.
“We needed it too because we have had a bit of rough luck in the last few weeks but we got it back together superbly in this game and showed just what we are capable of.
“Credit to Old Grammarians, they kept trying to play but we were simply too strong for them.”
, Joe Sagoe
and Angus Milbourne all scored twice for Oundle, while there were singles for Wayne Atkins
, Eddie King
, Craig Tandy
, Jack Wood
, James Joyce
, Harry Alexander
, Steven Cull and Rice himself.
also had a good day with the boot as he landed 10 conversions.
Grammarians skipper Carl Baldry admitted his side had been thoroughly outplayed on the day.
But he also pointed to some desperate luck with injuries that undermined his side’s day from the start.
“We had two players not turn up, which didn’t help matters and then we had three players go off injured in the first 30 minutes, two of which, Steve Evans and Paddy Mahon, had to go to hospital,”
Evans suffered a wrist injury while Mahon went off with an ankle problem.
They were joined on the sidelines soon after by Nick Brown, who injured his collarbone but didn’t have to go to hospital.
“We had three replacements and they were all on within half an hour, so there was no-one to replace anyone who was injured or needed resting thereafter,” continued Baldry.
“The other massive thing was the Mahon was the fly-half and Brown the scrum-half, two vital positions in the side.
“Within half-an-hour, we’d lost our hinge and that’s tough for any side.
“But that is not an excuse for the loss, Oundle were far better than us and they deserved to win.
“I was really proud of our character and commitment and we stuck at it for the full 80 minutes.
“But every time they got the ball, they looked like scoring and they just ran through us again and again.
“They were excellent and we were not good enough on the day.”