Rushden secure home win vs Kettering 2XV
R&H beat Kettering 58-5 in pre-season fixture
After a gruelling 8 week schedule of pre-season, Rushden & Higham played Kettering 2XV on 2-Sep in their only pre-season fixture at Manor Park.
Captain Chris Jackson was nervous ahead of the game, knowing any fixture against a local rival comes with added pressure.
The game could not have started any better. A lineout on the Kettering 22, saw a textbook forward set piece move with Adam Christie taking the rewards following an impressive maul from the pack.
This was the confidence boot R&H needed after a difficult 2016/17. The next score came from Ben Howe on the wing. Continued pressure on the Kettering defence saw the space open up wide, and simple hands out wide saw the versatile Howe beat his man to move the home side further ahead.
Next is was scrum half Brendan Austin to cross the white wash. Seemingly from nowhere, Austin sent a chip over the ruck which he gathered, going on to touch down in the corner.
The final score of the first half came from replacement back row Hayes Mcmahon (his first of a hatrick for the afternoon).
Half time R&H 22 - 0 Kettering
It was Kettering who struck first in the second half with a crash ball through the centre. But this was to be their first and last score of the game.
No 8 Jordan Martin came on in the back row which settled the scrum and he saw himself quickly on the score sheet, with a Jason Robinson like side step around the Kettering Full Back to score under the posts.
Further tries came for Howe and McMahon, before Tony Bright got his tally started for the season scoring down the left wing.
The last of the day came for returning back rower Jason Searle who just found the pace to reach the line and touch down in the corner.
Final score R&H 58 - 5 Kettering.
Captain Chris Jackson said "I was nervous ahead of this game, but the hard work the boys put in during pre-season really showed today. Harder games are yet to come and I am looking forward to the season."
Next week the 1XV travel to Leicester Forrest, with the 2XV away to Corby.