18th Jul, 2018

Malvern get back on track at Barkers Butts

PROMOTION hopefuls Malvern got back to winning ways in Midlands Two West (South) with a comfortable 49-19 success at Barkers Butts on Saturday.

The visitors started quickly, determined to put the pace and power into their performance which was missing in the shock 23-22 defeat to Silhillians a fortnight ago.

It did not take long for Malvern to open the scoring as Rob Cook kicked a penalty after Jack Curtis was upended between the posts.

Immediately from kick-off Malvern recycled the ball before full back Luke Milton put winger Tom Hale through to score in the corner.

Cook added the conversion.

However, the hosts responded with a converted try after a series of strong scrums.

Another good break deep into Barkers’ half earned Malvern another penalty which was successfully kicked by Cook.

Malvern continued to pile on the pressure as Jack Curtis burst through to score before second row Will Gough touched down between the posts for Cook to convert as the visitors went into the break 25-7 ahead.

The second half started as the first finished with Malvern in the ascendancy and a flowing move between Curtis and Milton allowed speed demon Hale to score again.

Again Barkers responded with a converted try before some sloppy play from the visitors allowed the hosts to score once more.

Malvern regained their composure as Hale completed his hat-trick with John Wills also crossing the line to complete the scoring.

Director of rugby Cook said: “ I was pleased with the much-improved performance.

“We were more precise than last time out with some quality tries.”

On Saturday, Malvern welcome Berkswell & Balsall to Spring Lane.

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