25th Sep, 2017

Malvern finish pre-season with fine 65-15 victory over Cleobury Mortimer

Craig Gibbons 29th Aug, 2017

MALVERN finished their pre-season with a 65-15 victory over Cleobury Mortimer.

The visitors took the lead inside the first ten minutes from a penalty before Tom Hale’s kick and chase gave Rob Cook’s side the lead.

From the restart some quick play allowed scrum half Frankie Purcell to touch down and give Cook the easiest of conversions.

Despite a fumble in the middle of the park, Ieuan Mustow regained the ball for Malvern before feeding Hale who scorched in for his second try of the game.

Mustow was the next to touch down, followed by Hale to complete his hat-trick before Conor Giggle fought off two defenders to get over the try line.

Cook kicked the extras for Malvern who took a 34-3 half time lead.

After the break, Malvern were guilty of sloppy clearances but Giggle still manage to grab his second of the game to extend the hosts’ lead.

Cleobury then reduced the arrears with a try of their own but were soon punished for naivety as Rory Atkins had the easiest of touchdowns after capitalising on a defensive error.

Jack Curtis then sped in before Jon Bywater fed Giggle to claim his hat-trick.

Cleobury replied once again but it was Malvern who had the last say when Purcell steamed over for the final try of the day.

Victory over Cleobury sets Malvern up nicely for their North Midlands Shield clash at rivals Ledbury on Saturday.

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