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Sat 30
Walsall 2nd XV
5 out of 5 for 2XV

5 out of 5 for 2XV

By Nick Freeman
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report c/o Rory Lynch

With a focused and well drilled warm-up as well as the opportunity to pick up a 5th win of the season, it was evident the lads had come to exact revenge on Walsall for last seasons two loses. This was proven in the opening phases of play, with Camps dominating both territory and possession. A powerful driving maul provided the front ball which allowed Lloyd Roberts to feed Harry Garratt out wide who cantered in to open the scoring. Minutes later and the relentless phases of attack proved too much for Walsall, as Kai Lucas jinked through 3 would be tacklers to score his first try in Camp Hill colours and extend the lead to 0-12.

This however, seemed to spark a reaction from Walsall who managed to control the next 15 minutes of play. The Camp Hill defence remained organised and held out, never looking as though it would concede. Normal service was resumed though, with a penalty won at a scrum which Rob Hunt took quickly and dived over the line.

The flood gates seemed to open with some scintillating attacking play sparked by the introduction of Mikey Pyne. Relentless waves of attack had the Walsall defence in disarray and piercing line breaks in midfield saw some eye catching break out plays. Great support lines combined with slick handling saw Mikey Pyne and Matthew Clarke cross for tries in quick succession and bring the first half to a close wth the score 0-33.
Camps started the second half as they did the first, Matthew Nightingale capitalising on an offload to break clear, dummy the full back and go in under the posts. Walsall took advantage of some tired legs and snuck over for a try.

The wet conditions and boggy pitch sapped the lads energy and hampered the free flowing attacking play. Some final passes went to ground and silly errors gifted Walsall undeserved possession. Camp Hill's try line was never really threatened but the side were left frustrated by not being able to rebuild momentum and maintain control. The game however, was brought to a close with a length of the field try finished off by Rob Hunt (who then missed the conversion!)

It's wasn't one of the better performances so far this season but there were glimpses of brilliance. The fact that lads were disappointed with elements of the game after scoring 45 points shows how driven this side are

There we performances across the squad but a few noteworthy ones...

Mikey Pyne made a great impact off the bench, igniting a spark in midfield that triggered direct running lines.
Mark Alderson was ever present with his support lines in attack and shored up the rucks in defence.
Alex Weir looked electric around the breakdown with sniping runs and quick service for the backline.
MOTM went to Robert Hunt who carried strongly throughout, leading by example and providing a calm head during the frustrating periods of the game.

That's 5 wins on the bounce for the 2's who sit second in the table.

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Match date

Sat 30, Sep 2017




Division 2

League position

Camp Hill 2nd XV
Walsall 2nd XV