2nd XV Match Report against Old Salts 2's
Result: WON 65-10
With a strong squad selected, hopes were high of putting a big performance in and pushing on from a stuttering start to the season.
The conditions were not the best, with a strong wind causing all sorts of issues. However, pressure was applied early on and following a kick chase, David Williams turned the ball over on the opposition try line and darted over for an early score. This set the tone for the match and a handful of tries followed... The returning Humpo jinked his way through the opposition line and raced away to score under the posts.... His sprint training whilst out with concussion, clearly paying dividends!
Ciaran Freeth was anxious to make sure this next part was mentioned in the match report.... Camps were turned over in the opposition 22 whilst pushing for another try, Salts quickly spread the ball out to the winger who duly raced away down the line skinning 2 camp hill players in the process. However, out of nowhere Ciaran tracked back and pulled off an inch perfect tap tackle! He then clambered to his feet, turned the ball over and set off back down the wing to score (the downhill slope and a wind at his back clearly helped him evade the opposition defenders!).
Old Salts never gave up and applied pressure when they had ball in hand. However, Camp Hill's early dominance really spurred on the lads. Going into Half Time 25-0 up made the team talk that much easier, though every player knew we were capable of more. The second half got under way and the flood gates opened. Despite some lapses of concentration on our own try line (resulting in 2 Old Salts scores) the lads really took things to the next level and put on a master class in attacking play with slick offloading and multiple phases.
The overall team performance was outstanding, the backs were lethal in attack and our ever present pack covered every blade of grass in support. There were some stand out performances that need to be mentioned though.
Warren Taylor came to the 2nd XV's aid once again and ran the show from 10. His years and years of experience showed in his superb management of the game. Some mesmerising footwork and offloads helped Camp Hill get on the front foot in attack and he lead the line in defence expertly. Even his own wife, watching on from the sidelines, was impressed (though questioned some of his decision making in our own 22).
David Williams, was outstanding at open side, chopping down opposition players all over the park as well as racking up his turn over count. He also made some hard yards in attack.
Austin Bolger was a monster with ball in hand, breaking countless tackles and recycling play with his seamless offloads to continue the waves of Camp Hill attacks!
Danny Ingram lead from the front as always and his calm head kept the lads focused on the task at hand. Popping up all over the field both in attack and defence, he showed that class is permanent!
However, MOTM this week has to be shared between 2 players who were simply outstanding, both picking up hat-tricks!
Shawn Lindeque was faultless in the set piece, and seemed to be everywhere in open play. Switching to 8 part way through the 2nd Half allowed him more time with ball in hand and he was richly rewarded with 3 well taken tries.
Jermaine Barnard showed that even at the age of 42, he still has huge amounts to offer. His running lines carved open the opposition defence and he was immovable in defence. Although there were claims from the sidelines that there were attempts at jug avoidance as after breaking clear with only the full back standing between him and his hatrick, G Man slowed to a walk and looked for the offload!
This coming Saturday brings a Home game for this 2’s side with a new lease of life. Malvern have a point to prove this season and will be looking to claim a prize scalp with victory against the League Champions.