Southam 21 - 51 Malvern
Malverns backs put on a show
On a balmy October day, Southam held a well attended Sponsors Lunch as a thank you for current and (hopefully) future sponsors.
Since last season, where both games were tight, Malvern had done some good business and secured the services of ex. Gloucester player, Rob Cook as player coach. Cook's influence showed throughout the game and soon after the KO on the Malvern 10m, he created space on the outside and fed the wing, who made ground to the Southam 22, fed back inside to Cook for the converted try. 5 minutes later a good clearance kick by fly half Harry Hewson, made it all the way to the Malvern 22, but the Malvern backs wove all the way back to the Southam 5m, recycled and spread to the wing, who stepped for the converted try. Southam got back in the game and stopped the Malvern runners, and after 20 minutes Southam stole the ball in their own 22 and then after a long clearance kick, prop Matt Catterall swallowed the Malvern 2nd row in the tackle and forced the penalty, converted by captain Will Grindal. Southam kept in the game with two more penalties from Grindal, but Malvern kept on and 31 minutes in, the full back spotted a mismatch and was clean through, he drew the last man and fed the wing for a converted try under the posts. Southam had some go forward from the KO and pressure by Catterall forced the mistake, Southam recycled twice in the middle, before Hewson spread it wide and centre Will Wood broke the tackles to get over the line. Malvern used their backs to weave their way back up field to 10m from Southam line and forced an easy penalty. At the death Malvern weaved through again and a slap down from wing Will Clarke earned a yellow and another 3 points for Malvern.
HT 16 - 24
6 min in a very questionable decision by referee at the lineout gave Malvern the go forward, Southam won the ball back and cleared, but Malvern again used the mismatch and ran round the forward cover for the converted try. 15 minutes in Southam made ground from successive penalties got them to a lineout on the 5m, from the catch & drive the ball spilled and veteran Russ King recovered it and managed to duck under the Malvern pack for the try.
Malvern then put the hammer down and finished it off, some great covering tackles by centre Will Grimes made them work for it, but they still managed another 2 converted tries and a penalty.
FT 21 - 51
At the end Rob Cook and Malvern were too good, this win taking them to the full 20 points from four matches, but in general this was the most spirited performance that Southam had put up this season and they were just beaten by a better man / team.
Next Saturday Oct 21st :-
1sts away v Droitwich