A full squad travelled to Hereford eager to bounce back from last weeks lose to DK. A focused and well executed warm-up gave Camps the platform to start the game with intensity and that’s exactly what they did. Early possession and territory immediately put Hereford on the back foot. A piercing break through midfield by Jermaine Bernard caused disarray in the Hereford defensive line, quick Ball at the next phase saw Mark Alderson surge over the line to open the scoring.
A penalty only minutes later put Hereford under further pressure as Camps opted to go for the corner. A powerful driving lineout provided the go forward which Max Lilley took full advantage of, bursting from the back of the maul, evading 2 tackles, losing his shirt in the process and diving over in the corner!
Hereford seemed to come alive and hit back with 2 ties of their own, levelling the score 12-12. The lads were told to settle down, secure possession and dictate the tempo once again, which is exactly what they did. The half was capped off brilliantly with another eye catching break from Jermaine Bernard who rounded the full back and touched down to reclaim the lead 12-19 going into half time.
The instruction at half time was to refocus and find that extra gear that would allow us to continue to dictate tempo. Hereford came out firing, clearly boosted by the 10 min breather. However, the wind was very much taken out of their sails with a George O'Hanlon interception who ran in from 40m out to score and extend the lead.
Camps pressed on with their dominance in the second half, enjoying the lions share of possession and territory. The pack were rotated to allow them to play at a level of intensity that Hereford struggled to live with. This provided a platform for the backs to launch wave after wave of attack.
A powerful scrum drive 5m from the Hereford line saw Matt Nightingale pick and go and bundle over the line, dragging 2 Hereford players with him! A scrum in a similar position 10 mins later saw Nightingale turn provider, as he once again darted from the base but chose to spin the ball wide through Jermaine Bernard’s hands out to Kai Lucas who trotted over unopposed.
With the clock running down, there was still time for Carl Thomas to mark his 2nd XV debut with a eye catching run, bursting through a pair of would be tackles and racing away to score from 40m out!
It was yet another dominant second half performance which are proving to be the difference between Camps and other sides in the league. Every player in the squad put in a massive shift, bettering anything Hereford had to throw at us. There were a number of notable performances though that need mentioning.
Jesal Patel was ever present, making a big impact off the bench and shutting down countless Hereford attacks with bone crunching tackles!
Sam Parkinson continued his strong form with yet more hard graft and physicality at the breakdown. Carried strongly in attack including a powerful 30m line break.
Mark Alderson covered virtually every blade of grass, not only opening the scoring but being a constant nuisance to the opposition.
Kai Lucas was solid at the back, mopping up any loose ball and returning it with interest. Lightning fast footwork kept the opposition guessing and his place kicking is fast becoming a major weapon for the side.
Man of the Match though went to Matthew Nightingale who gave the side front foot ball whenever he carried. He was a juggernaut from the base of the scrum and put in some big hits to peg back the big opposition ball carriers.