Spalding thrash Rolls Royce
Spalding 74 Rolls Royce 14
What a stunning way to bounce back to winning ways!
Playing with conviction and determination, Spalding had already won their try bonus point after a quarter of an hour and by half time, Rolls Royce were dead and buried trailing by fifty points to nil.
With injuries and suspension, the team saw Josh Caley returning at hooker, Jason Steels starting and young Ed Williams featuring on the flank.
The opening few minutes saw Rolls Royce struggling to get out of their half. By contrast, Spalding were looking sharp getting to the breakdown quickly, clearing out and driving forward.
It was Ash Ankar who opened the scoring, as he carried strongly, side-stepped a defender and was under the posts for a converted try by Conall Mason.
Spalding’s pack now took Rolls Royce apart with their quick rucking and carries and prop Harry Cole reaches out for the line.
Ankar grabbed his second try as he broke two tackles and scrum half Will Shields followed up by darting through and with only 15 minutes played and with four tries scored, the scoreboard read Spalding 24 Rolls Royce 0.
Play settled into a more normal pattern. Spalding’s scrum was solid but steadily gained the upper hand, while Mark Haighton was ruling supreme in the line out but Rolls Royce were hanging in.
Then in the space of eight minutes leading up to half time, Spalding played some scintillating rugby started by Ankar again breaking tackles for his hat-trick. Space was also opening up as Spalding were spreading the ball out wide and left wing Gav Sharman rounded his opposite winger to score in the corner.
Rolls Royce were struggling to contain the speed and movement of Spalding’s back row of Ed Williams, Jason Steels and Ryan Chappel and Steels sliced through the visitors' defence.
With the referee ready to blow the half time whistle, Ankar chalked up his fourth try, a remarkable performance and Spalding’s lead had extended to 50 points.
It would be difficult for Spalding to keep up the momentum, as Rolls Royce looked to get some pride back but fly-half Willis Ingleby scored a superb individual try as he broke from the halfway line and with the visitors' defence lined up, he kicked behind and collected the ball to score.
Rolls Royce scored their first try as their captain bundled his way over the line.
Spalding were now throwing the ball about in the backs, stretching a tiring opposition and full-back Mason was the beneficiary. Mason also had a good afternoon kicking seven conversions in tricky wind conditions.
Rolls Royce responded with a converted try but Spalding were not finished, as Gav Sharman grabbed his second of the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Spalding’s forwards were now dominate, with a couple of balls won against the head and it was prop Kev Hudson who finished off the afternoon with a rare try as he drove forward and stretched out to score.
Captain Dan Adams was delighted with the all-round performance of his team as they gathered around after the final whistle.
Team: Kev Hudson, Josh Caley, Harry Cole, Mark Haighton, Ash Ankar, Ed Williams, Jason Steels, Ryan Chappel, Will Shields, Willis Ingleby, Gav Sharman, Dan Adams, Ben Williamson, Ben Shields, Conall Mason, Subs George Brown, Mac Crane.