Stevenage shown how to win
PUBLISHED: 17:14 11 January 2011
Westcliffe put on devastating performance
Stevenage 0 Westcliff 46
Stevenage Town were shown how to win at rugby by top of the table Westcliff who are now unbeaten in 13 games.
Whilst Westcliff extended their lead at the top of London 1 North to 14 points Stevenage plummeted to second from bottom, just above Letchworth GC.
In their own words, Westcliff put on one of their best performances of the season to destroy Stevenage with eight tries whilst showing some excellent defence to keep a clean sheet for the fourth time in as many matches.
Despite the result Stevenage showed some early signs of tenacity by gaining good ball at the set piece and launching attacks in the backline at every opportunity, all to be snuffed out by a solid Westcliff defence.
On a heavy, muddy pitch Westcliff were, in theory, in for a tough time against the bigger Stevenage pack but their tackling was so competent that Stevenage couldn’t break the gain line and lost ball at the breakdown.
When Westcliff got the ball the team looked dangerous and both wingers registered particularly fine tries, after seven and 24 minutes with the leagues leading try scorer Paul Radley at full back completing the first half 17-0 to the visitors.
With a half time chat with Terry Penny ringing in their ears a resurgent Town response was anticipated in the second half and there were some potential exchanges between Rogers, Bunn and Ostle which didn’t quite conjure the space to break what seemed an impenetrable Westcliff defence.
Micky Wilson also had a few chances out wide but Westcliff had numbers whilst Stevenage found isolation.
At the ruck Jack Golds proved to be a pain in the side of Westcliff with both Tavita Faaumausili and Phil Pearson also taking the game to the visitors. However, the resolute Westcliff began to break down Town’s spirit with scores on 63 minutes and again on 65 and 68 minutes.
Injury to Faaumausili only added to Town’s woes as a ruthless Westcliff added more pain with a further two tries to end a sorry day for Town 46-0.
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