Second half rout keeps Tows top

James Falvey
James Falvey

Towcestrians produced a fantastic display of dominating running rugby to dismantle a Maidenhead team that on paper looked a tough proposition.

Both teams came into this game with a record of played eight, won six, drawn one, lost one with Tows only ahead of third-placed Maidenhead on bonus-points. The visitors also boasted a miserly defence having conceded fewer points than Towcestrians, who have scored far more.

On a bitterly cold day in front of a packed vice president’s day crowd, Tows started slowly, allowing Maidenhead plenty of early possession, probing the Tows defensive line and gaining some ground, eventually leading to a penalty kick from full-back Davies.

Tows gradually gained the upper hand in the set-piece and scored the first half’s only try after using the ball well through several phases for Matt Yuill to cross over close to the corner.

Having spurned a couple of presentable scoring chances, the home side would have been disappointed to go into half-time only 5-3 ahead but with the wind on their backs after the restart, Tows took total control.

Things began well when Tows disrupted a Maidenhead scrum , allowing Murray Aitchison to latch on to the ball and scream over from 30 yards out.

James Falvey adding the extras before Tows replacement back rower Joe Threlfall finished off some intense forward pressure for a try under the posts, again converted by Falvey and the Tows stretched away to a 19-3 lead.

Tows were now playing some sizzling running rugby with the forwards dominating and the backs moving the ball well to create openings, and tries from Falvey and Craig Holton kept the scoreboard moving before a Falvey penalty extended the lead to 34 points.

Maidenhead latched onto a turnover to touch down for their only try of the game, but with Scott Browne pulling the strings, Tows continued to create space, wing forward Yuon Skelton crossing in the corner for Falvey to finish off the game converting from the touchline and a resounding 41-8 win.

After the game, Tows director of rugby Robbie George said:“Maidenhead were a tough outfit to break down and the first half reflected that, defensively our line speed was excellent and we played with a lot more tempo in the second half which caused the game to open up.”

Attacking coach Mark Yeates added: “We asked questions of their defence and created a lot of opportunities off the quick ball we got which was great, we scored some good tries but should have had more given the opportunities we gave ourselves>”

Elsewhere, Tows IIs beat Newbold on Avon 29-7, the IIIs came away from Spalding IIs with a terrific 27-15 victory and the Colts rounded off a great weekend for the club by beating Old Leamingtonians 24-17.