Brackley romp to fifth straight win

Mike Lowdell
Mike Lowdell

FOR the second week running, Brackley put 66 points on the board and scored 10 tries in an emphatic victory, this time at home to Thorney.

Brackley were dominant from the off as they overwhelmed their visitors to stay in second spot in Midlands 4 East South, marginally behind St Neots on points difference.

Brackley coach Matt Titchener was highly encouraged by a performance that contained several well-worked tries stemming from set phases in the pack.

While left wing Rory Thomas stole the show with a haul of four tries, three Brackley forwards and both centres also crossed Thorney’s line.

From the outset, Brackley’s strength up front was too much for their opponents to handle.

A driving maul from a lineout brought an early try for captain Anthony Jones, and a scrum won against the head allowed centre Graeme Cartmell to score Brackley’s second.

Subsequently stealing a Thorney line-out throw, Brackley spread the ball to Thomas who tore down the wing for his first try, following up with another after Brackley had again disrupted a Thorney scrum.

Having had a massive influence in the tight, number eight Jason Sadler decided at this point to demonstrate his running skills.

Picking up at the back of a scrum on Thorney’s 22, Sadler powered his way through for a solo try, then topped the performance by running the ball back from the kick-off for a second touchdown by the posts.

Centre Jake Wise converted five of the six first-half tries to help Brackley to a 40-0 half time lead.

Play had barely restarted before Cartmell completed a sweeping move to touch down between the posts, soon followed by second-row Tim Carter driving the ball across the line after an incisive break from fly-half Mike Lowdell.

A lull in Brackley’s pace then allowed Thorney sufficient ground to snatch a penalty goal shortly before Sadler was given his marching orders for landing a retaliatory punch in the midst of a ruck.

Though down to 14 men, Brackley continued to play expansive rugby and in a final flourish put together two rousing passages of play, both of which were rounded off in style by Thomas.

Wise added three more conversions to complete a resounding victory.

Tomorrow, Brackley entertain Old Yardleians in the second round of the RFU Junior Vase.