Vandals 2nd XV got back to winning ways on Saturday with a convincing win against local rivals Esher. In blustery but dry conditions Vandals dominated territory and possession throughout and would have won by a wider margin had goal line video technology been available (!). The Vandals pack were immediately in the ascendency with Adam Bullet dominating the line-out irrespective of who was throwing in and the back-row rampaging in the loose. This dominance set the platform for the backs which were superbly orchestrated by the half-back pairing of Luke Carter and Mike O’Neill. Vandals drew first blood with a penalty from the boot of O’Neill following an offside infringement, and shortly afterwards Harry Brooks
– who had a storming game at open-side flanker – robbed the Esher scrum-half on the goal line to poach a simple try. Vandals continued to dominate but could not turn territorial dominance into further points until the final play of the half; another solid forward platform released the back-line culminating in Jonny Howe
diving over in the corner. Half-time, 0-13 to Vandals.
Following a few tactical changes of personnel at half-time Vandals continued the second half in much the same vein. Dave Mills – returning from injury – blasted over from short range to start the second half scoring and Vandals were threatening to run riot. Wayne ‘I only score for the 2s’ Mason ploughed over for Vandals’ fourth try and the game started to become very ‘open’. To their credit Esher were able to capitalise on the unstructured nature of the game and Vandals were guilty of a number of missed tackles allowing Esher to run in a couple of tries in quick succession. This stirred Vandals into life and further tries from forwards and backs were denied due to the referee being unsighted. The scoring was completed with 10 minutes to go as Howe blasted over again in the corner following sharp hands from the three-quarters. Final score 12-28 to Vandals.
This was a comprehensive victory and 2s can continue to look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence.