Woodrush blitz Old Boys

First published in Sport


RAMPANT Woodrush raced to their tenth straight win in the Midlands Division Four West (South) to keep their title hopes alive.

The Icknield Street-based side were forced to use their third choice pitch owing to the ravages of the weather and the surface proved to be highly influential in this game.

A mud bath ensued which made playing any kind of attractive rugby difficult for both teams.

However, Rush adapted well and a sharp break by Titch Thomas followed by a high class offload saw Tom Elvins crossing under the posts after ten minutes.

Stoke immediately hit back and after pressing on the Rush line were rewarded with a justified penalty which they kicked to narrow the scores.

But after three Steve Smart penalties, a clever tap and go from Thomas allowed him to touch down.

The try of the game followed as James Evans hit a sensational line from centre, carving through the visitors' defence and once again scoring under the posts to leave the home side 27 points clear at half-time.

The second half was played on something resembling a skating rink but after several phases, Luke Russell took the ball wide on the left and battered his way through three defenders to cross, A trademark Smart move finished the scoring for Rush, giving them a bonus point win in an excellent all round team performance which sees them regain the top slot in the league.

They face a huge game on Saturday when they entertain title rivals Harbury on Saturday (3pm ko), who are level on points.


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