59 Tor 1st XV Vs Old Reds 2nds 12
Tor dominate at home
Tor are improving with every game and in perfect conditions for open rugby they punished Old Reds at every opportunity, running 9 tries to 2. With John Dickson the corner stone of the scrum, Aaron Marshfield, Dan Howley and Des Rowe the pick of the forwards in the loose and with Toby Payne and Mark Richardson combining at half back they played the wide game well against a mediocre Reds defence.
Austwick is starting to make his mark as skipper punching holes and creating chances in attack, wings Gavin Hancock and Jordan Hunt both scored 3 tries each and full back Matt Coley took every opportunity to run the the ball back and put more pressure on the visitors defence.
A loose pass from the kick off intercepted on halfway by the visitors saw Tor go 7 points down after 30 seconds. Tor equalised from a lineout on half way Hunt showing the defence a clean pair of heels from 40 metres out. Richardson converted to make it 7-7 after 3 mins.
Marshfield collected the ball from the restart and passed to Matt Hastie who fed Austwick in space. He then released Hancock who went under the posts for a great score. The conversion was added by Richardson on 5 mins – 14-7.
Tor took control of the first quarter from a 5 metre lineout resulting from a penalty. Austwick made the line break and passed inside to Hastie for the 3rd try. Richardson was, again, on target on 14 mins to take the score to 21 – 7.
Tor quickly secured the bonus point score. A quick tap from a free kick by Payne freed up Austwick who pulled in the defence and made space for Hunt to get his second on the half hour.
Hancock, not to be outdone got his second shortly after, making use of good ball from a scrum on half way and running in from 50 metres. Richardson adding the 2 points to take the score out to a dominating 33-7 .
Old Reds snuck one back just before half time. After kicking a penalty to touch they collected a well organised lineout and drove over for the score. The half time whistle went following the unsuccessful conversion attempt.
Tor back out determined to secure the game early. A clearance kick was well recovered by Matt Coley who found the space for Hancock to break into the visitors half. Matt Hyde was supporting well on his shoulder, selling the dummy to score under the posts on 46 mins. Richardson’s added two points making it 40-12.
Tor scored again less than 10 minutes after. Des Rowe picked up strongly from a scrum the ball and the ball was moved swiftly though the hands for Hunt to get his hat trick on 54 mins. Richardson adding the extras – 47-12 ,
Tor didn’t let up in the last quarter. Old Reds were under pressure inside their own 22 and Tor forced a knock on. Austwick made the most of the advantage offered by the referee and scooped up the loose ball to trot over from 5 metres. Richardson getting his 7th conversion on 65 mins 54-12.
As the game closed Old Reds made a rare venture in to Tor’s 22. Turnover ball allowed Hyde to make the initial break, the ball was hen moved on to Coley who made 40 metres down the side line before passing inside to Hancock in support to secure his hat trick and Tor’s 9th Try on 75 mins. Richardson was unlucky to strike the wood work from the conversion leaving the score at an impressive 59-12 for a Tor side that are really finding their feet under their new coaches.
- Jordan Hunt (3)
- Gavin Hancock (3)
- Matt Hastie
- Matt Hyde
- James Austwick
- Mark Richardson (7)