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Malvern sparkle in seven-try rout

Malvern Editorial 10th Sep, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MALVERN cruised into the next round of the North Midlands Shield with an emphatic 51-0 victory at Woodrush on Saturday.

Conor Giggle struck twice while there were also tries for Luke Milton, Ben King, Laurie Essenhigh, Sam Parsons, Tom Hale and Grant Fraser in an impressive afternoon for David Irish’s men.

Despite the one-sided scoreline, Woodrush held their own in the opening period and denied the visitors on a number of occasions. But the pressure did tell as Giggle went over before Milton produced a cleverly angled 40-metre run to score and give Malvern a 12-0 lead.

With almost total dominance in the line out and at the set scrums, the visitors did not take long to increase their advantage after the break, with King crashing over.

Essenhigh was next on the score sheet as he nipped cheekily in round the blind side from ten metres out before Giggle got his second of the afternoon.

Unlike the opening period, Woodrush had no answer as they conceded two more tries, with Parsons and Hale crossing the whitewash.

The try fest was then rounded off by front-row replacement Fraser, who charged over to end proceedings.

Director of rugby Irish said: “After a disappointing couple of warm-up games, the lads showed what they are capable of in a truly competitive game with a dominant display.”

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