Walden hit their stride
Kicking masterclass ensures big result over Maldon
Scoreboards can appear unkind, more so when a side converts all its tries. On the face of it 17-77 might appear a whitewash, a one-sided affair but in truth Maldon stuck to their task and really made a game of it. It was only the kicking of Michael and Oscar, who were successful with all 11 conversion attempts, that skewed the result so much in our favour.
This was a game played on the balmiest of Sunday lunchtimes - it was probably 20 degrees C - with the sun high in the sky and the pitch pretty hard for this time of year. Walden were lacking a few regulars but had three U16s in the ranks - Sam, Joe and James - all of whom played well, Sam in particular doing some muscular work in the back row.
However, the most muscular performance came from Regan whose four tries owed much to his determination to break the gain line, speed and willingness to take the ball on. He was ably assisted by the pack in general, with the work at the breakdown considerably improved from last week and the set pieces going to plan. In the backs we were probably a bit guilty of running too laterally at times and failing to execute the basics when there was an overlap. That said Phil Brown's try from Oscar's cross kick was a thing of beauty, worthy of Allianz Park.
Maldon were always a threat as their three tries proved, a lesson to the boys that you can never turn off during a game, whatever the score board might say. All in all a good performance in testing conditions and thanks to Maldon for playing the game in the right spirit.