Warwickian 0 Redditch 79
Midlands Four West (South)
REDDITCH chalked up their biggest victory for at least six years with a 13-try haul against bottom of the league Warwickian on Saturday.
The lowly home team battled throughout, but struggled with injury before and during the game.
The Redditch forwards were dominant around the park, which gave plenty of possession to throw the ball around between forwards and backs.
Ben Stanyard and Jack Duffy were the outstanding players in the first half as both scored a hat-trick and added another score each in the second half. Lewis Saddington also ran in a long range effort to add to the home team’s woes.
The second period delivered much of the same, particularly with recent signing Jack Fairhurst commanding proceedings at fly half, allowing Tom Saddington to attack lines in the centres. Both scored a try apiece, along with Josh Holt and Paul Barnett.
The mid-table Kingfishers have more players to return to the squad and will look optimistically on the following couple of months leading up to the Christmas break.
Redditch take a break from league action on Saturday when they travel to Aldridge for a Midlands Junior Vase second round fixture, followed by the league visit of Atherstone on November 15.
CHRIS Hemming took over the captain’s duties for Redditch Exiles’ rearranged league fixture against neighbours Old Griffinians.
The first line of business was to sort out the team sheets and playing rules as the teams had only one front row between them, so it meant uncontested scrums. Simon Goddard volunteered to boost Old Griffs’ ranks to even up the sides and it was decided the team with the extra man would run up the hill.
Hemming won the toss and decided to keep his extra man and run up the hill and Redditch soon scored the first of eight tries as the wide open spaces left gaps to be exploited.
With uncontested scrums, Griffs had a steady supply of scrum ball and used the ball effectively down the blindside. However, Redditch always seemed more likely to score until they nullified their advantage by injuring their own player to bring the teams back to even numbers.
However, young Jack Bac arrived late, perhaps not remembering there will be 2.15pm kick-offs during the winter months. He instantly made a strong run upfield before being tackled and damaging his shoulder. His time on the field was around a minute and the teams were back to level numbers.
Once the teams changed ends, Redditch started to dominate. Garry Mills, rolling back the years, was lurking out on the left wing, and combined in a neat runaround move to send Dave Brisbourne scorching down the wing to score on a day when cover defence was non-existent.
This worked so well that it was repeated moments later with the same result.
When they combined for the third time in quick succession, Mills dummied to Brisbourne and used the slope to stagger the 50 metres towards the tryline, having to do the running himself this time.
Tim Aris pounced on a loose ball from the ruck and scooted to the try line as everyone else looked on wondering why the whistle had not blown. He attempted the conversion himself with disastrous results to spoil Neil Walsh’s near perfect kicking display.
This did not mean that Griffs were out of the game as, when Redditch opened up, the gap was enormous. Three times the defence lapsed and the visitors scored good tries from deep. All these were converted.
As the score crept on the referee had few objections when he called time so the last 20 minutes of Australia versus the Barbarians could be watched.
Redditch Exiles ended with a 52-21 victory. On Saturday the Exiles are having a rest day, but the seconds should be playing for those who want a run out.