16th Oct, 2019

Malvern register a magnificent seven

Malvern Editorial 27th Mar, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MALVERN ran in seven tries as they thumped Old Coventrians 43-17 in Midlands Two West (South).

Rory Jones and Luke Milton struck twice, while there were also tries for Ben King, Richard Fleming and James Southall at Spring Lane.

Jones opened the scoring as he drove into the visitors’ pack, recycled the ball and burst through to touch down in the corner.

The hosts did not have to wait long for their second try as Adam Dixon launched a long pass to King and the outside centre crossed the whitewash and then converted.

Malvern lost Jordan Nwachukwu early in the game to a torn hamstring, making way for Conor Giggle. The nippy winger was soon involved after Malvern won a penalty and an opposition player was sin-binned when he made a dash down the narrow corridor and fed Dave Smith who put in Jones for his second try.

The home side’s dominance paid off with a fourth try as Giggle hacked on and collected to collect and cut inside. Smith was again up with the play and his clever delayed pass to Fleming saw the big inside centre glide through to score and set up King’s conversion to secure the try bonus early on in the game.

Smith charged down a kick as Covs tried to secure a foothold in their opponents half, but Malvern’s all-out attacking game once more paid off as they moved fluidly downfield, the ball being passed with aplomb along the line for skipper Milton to join from full back and score.

As the first half came to an end Covs put in their first serious attack into Malvern territory, winning a penalty and putting in a catch and drive move to score a try.

The second half started in the same manner as the first, with Malvern making all the running.

Scrum half Southall was eventually rewarded for a fine game as he made a break after a lineout, running the ball from midway in a stunning 50m sprint which left several potential tacklers sprawling in his wake for a superb individual try which King converted.

Milton then put the icing on Malvern’s cake as he stormed through, kicking ahead and collecting to go over for his side’s seventh try of the afternoon, King again converting.

The visitors added two late tries, but the damage had already been done by Dave Irish’s side.

“We knew that the conditions were ideal for our brand of rugby today and the lads responded with one of the best performances of the season,” Irish said.

“We ran the ball with confidence, from the props to the full back, and showed the benefits all the hard training throughout the season has given them.

“We now visit unbeaten league leaders Old Laurentians in Rugby, looking for a win after being denied at home.”

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