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Malvern 39 - 12 Droitwich

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2015 08:17pm
Malvern, Malvern Hills
By Peter Woods
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On a blustery day at Spring Lane. Droitwich won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to play with the wind, setting the stall out to try and build a lead and then defend it. 

From the kick off Malvern made their intentions clear against the wind - to retain the ball and play their way out. Kicking the ball upfield was not an option against a strong wind, so Malvern took to their game plan and stuck to it.. The Malvern forwards were dominant against a big Droitwich pack who continually sent their big forwards into the Malvern defensive line, which held firm. It was a credit to the Malvern forwards that in the face of pressure they did not give any penalties away at the breakdown and a testament to the training they receive in the midweek sessions. 

Following some good interplay between forwards and backs, stretching the Droitwich defence, James Southall found some space behind the ruck and scampered over for a try under the posts converted by Ben King. 

Malvern continued to put more width on the ball and pressured the Droitwich line. Again keeping the ball alive well, Luke Milton was put into space and ran the ball under the posts to give Malvern a commanding lead against the wind, Ben King again converting. 

Just before half time Droitwich took advantage of a slip in the defensive line and scored under the posts right on the half time whistle to make the half time score 14-7, but having defended against a strong wind the Malvern players were upbeat going into the second half. 

Adam Dixon set the tone for the second period with a long kick into the Droitwich 22. From the lineout Malvern moved the ball and Droitwich were lucky not have a man off the pitch for a deliberate slap down when the Malvern backs had men over for what would surely have been a try. However Ben King kicked the ensuing penalty to punish the misdemeanour. 

George Roberts and Jordan Nwanchku, who had worked so hard in defence in the first half were now enjoying the benefits of playing with the wind at their backs, making telling inroads into Droitwich territory. Soon after James Southall found more space on the blindside to outpace the defence and score out wide. Ben King was having a very good day with the boot and added the extras to the delight of the Spring Lane faithful. 

Malvern forwards were enjoying this contest and continually delivered quick ball for the backs and with Adam Dixon at his mercurial best it was only a matter of time before more scores followed. Rory Jones and James Southall both scored to give Malvern a commanding lead. A late try from Droitwich could not take the gloss off the result. 

Director of Rugby Dave Irish said "this was a tricky fixture for us. Droitwich came to play rugby and we needed to be at our best to beat them. Out forwards were outstanding today showing a great mix of grit and discipline to give our backs plenty of ball. There was some great interplay between forwards and backs that was a pleasure to watch. We can now kick on and hopefully climb back up the league. "

Having claimed their first double of the season, Malvern now travel to Leamington, who were on the receiving ends of a 51-3 drubbing at Spring Lane, to try to claim another scalp in the quest to get into the play off places.

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