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Malvern boss wants more despite big win

Malvern Editorial 25th Sep, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MALVERN director of rugby Dave Irish admitted his side have yet to make the most of their talent despite securing a maximum point victory over Droitwich.

Will Gough opened the scoring before Laurie Essenhigh struck twice in the second half and George Roberts went over late on to wrap up a comfortable win.

But Irish said he was disappointed with the way his side managed the game and believes they could have put plenty more points on the board.

“We got what we came for, five points and a fairly convincing win,” he said. “But the lads know that a bit more patience in the build up is what’s needed, taking the ball in and sucking in the back rows before releasing it to the speed merchants.

“We also were a bit too flat in for the conditions – a dry pitch encourages hitting the line at speed, but we were taking the ball at a slow pace today and not making the most of our talents.

“However, it’s still early in the season and we have two training sessions in which to improve before our trip to Dunlop in Coventry on Saturday.”

Such was their dominance in the first half that it was almost 25 minutes before the visitors got into the Malvern half.

Despite this, the hosts failed to turn all the possession into points as their pace was not quite enough was break down the Droitwich defence.

However, after Tom Hale put in a couple of searching runs, Malvern broke the deadlock as Gough touched down. Ben King converted it before adding three further points the tee.

But the lead was cut to 10-7 ten minutes before half-time when Droitwich got their opening try following a kick and chase, which was converted.

With only a three point cushion, Irish brought on Roberts and he made an immediate difference. But errors continued to creep into Malvern’s game, while Luke Milton was stopped just short of the try-line after a surging run.

The home side remained on top, though, and their pressure soon told when scrum half Essenhigh cheekily nipped through to score. King added the extras.

It was then left to Roberts to collect the bonus point for Malvern as he snaffled a loose ball and went on a run which saw six defenders bounce off him en route to the best try of the afternoon, which King converted.

Droitwich put in a late rally to give the score an air of respectability, but Malvern should have clocked up a good half century on the day.

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