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Letchworth show off their attacking skills in win over strugglers
Letchworth 70 Old Colfeians 24
London One North
With the wheels having come off Letchworth GC’s promotion wagon the Legends felt no pressure going into their game with the Colfeians and turned on the style by racking up 24 points in the opening 10 minutes alone.
Henry Robinson was the man pulling the strings as Letchworth put their visitors to the sword.
Colfs’ opening kick fell short and from the resulting scrum Robinson threaded a kick behind the defence for Simon Hrbek to follow up and score unchallenged.
Moments later a much deeper kick removed one risk, but created another as Joe Shaw went on a typically agricultural run. His pass found Robinson who tantalised defenders with his silky movement before Hilton Muderki was on hand with pace to spare to score under the posts.
Having been done for pace, Colfs’ defence then felt the power as Letchworth’s Vuki scored the next. Ball in one hand, swatting would-be tacklers aside with the other, the long striding Fijian left his opponents looking bewildered.
Play settled briefly before captain Jimmy Tirrell stepped up to cause havoc. His outside break was too much for Colfeians and Robinson had read the play to loop around to score the next.
Hrbek turned provider for the next score. He fielded his own chip ahead, made good ground and turned the ball inside to Del Isikeli and the rangy second row had enough to make the line with only inches to spare.
Colfeians took play into Letchworth territory but were stunned again as Tirrell made an electrifying break from broken play. Having burned off the defence, he acrobatically touched down to take the score in to the thirties.
At last, Colfs were rewarded for their commitment to the cause. A line out and drive providing the opening score.
Letchworth’s forwards had until now played a supporting role to their dazzling back line, but that was until Ross Allen, from nearly 50 metres, went through the gears before touching down for the score of the match.
Half time saw a chance for the visitors to regroup, but history repeated itself in the second period as Letchworth’s kick failed to make the distance. From the ensuing scrum, Colfs turned over the ball and Vuki took full advantage to cross the line for a try.
Assuming the second half would unfold as the first had done, Letchworth sat back on their laurels. Typically, back rowers Steve Mahoney and Joe Shaw carried on working but without support they were isolated and both received yellow cards for their troubles.
A well worked try by the Colfeians backs was followed by dominant forward play. A drive and score was followed by a penalty try to give them a deserved bonus point before Letchworth awoke from their slumber.
Kris Cottenden opened the defence for Seb Hurst to get on the score sheet and then the winger bagged a second in quick time as the Colfeians defence finally fell apart. Tirrell then scored his second moments later, and this was followed by Isikeli who finished a good day with his pair.