5 tries brings winning bonus points
Abbey move up to 4th in League
A five try winning bonus point win saw Abbey move up to fourth slot in the league in a performance that came good in the second half.
Abbey had the better start, penetrating runs from young winger Remi Norville, no 8 Mike Beckley who was man of the match, and full back Jules Greenaway keeping the visitors busy defending. 6 minutes gone, and Abbey struck. Wycs’ were defending a scrummage 10 metres from their line and under pressure their clearance kick was charged down by Beckley and Dampies in the centre was quick to grab the touch down, with Diego de Marcilla Bahlsen adding the extra points.
It was 20 minutes into play that Wycs began to compete and press into Abbey territory, but just when Abbey seemed set to counter attack a careless pass was intercepted by prop Rob Johnson who showed a good turn of pace from the half way line to touch down beneath the posts providing an easy conversion for outside Joe Openshaw. Lifted by the score Wycs continued to have the better of the play and due reward came 7 minutes later when flanker Charlie Edwards burrowed over from a maul to put the visitors in front.
The initiative remained with the visitors and the Rosehill faithful were concerned when outside half Tom Burns took a team yellow card for deliberately going offside after the referee had given Abbey a general warning for consistent offending in defence.
So, a half of mixed fortunes for Abbey turned round with the visitors 12-7 up, and the home side down to 14 men.
Abbey started brightly and having secured scrum from the kick off the ball was moved to the left where Dampies created some space to feed back inside to Richard King who returned the ball to Dampies to put him away for a well worked try starting from inside their own half ; de Marcilla Bahlsen converting from the touch line.
Showing some consistency despite Head Coach Fungai using all his replacements at last Abbey never looked back ; their scrummage had the edge and with their line out secure in the hands of Treacle Knights it took two tries from flanker George House to bag the bonus points.
Although Wycs took a late consolation try from full back Andy Easton converted by Openshaw, it was the home side who had the last word with a penalty goal from de Marcilla Bahlsen.
Team : Postlethwaite, Toland, Charlton, Knights, Shaw, G House, E House, Beckley, Bevan, Burns, Norville, Mitchell, Dampies, de Marcilla Bahlsen, Greenaway, reps ( all used) King, Bradfield, Gingell.
Referee Ritchie Denver, Berkshire