Tows power way to win in dour battle

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Towcester 43 Huntingdon 12

TOWCESTER carried their unbeaten run into 2011 with an emphatic league defeat over Huntingdon.

They ran amok during the first-half at Greens Norton Road, bagging five tries and notching up 29 points without reply.

Chrissie George broke from half-way, side-stepped six defenders and ran 50 metres to score. George was back in the action three minutes later taking a quick penalty which he fed to Austen Wheldon. He darted through the Huntingdon defence to put in Matthew Yuill who converted his own try and Towcester led 12-0.

Towcester’s third came when Liam Wilkinson passed to James Falvey who beat his opposite man to cross for a cracking break-out. Yuill converted for 19-0. Skipper Wilkinson broke from a defensive scrum. Towcester recycled the ball and Dave Devlin-Jones muscled over.

Towcester completed the 40-minute rout when fly-half George finished off another tearaway try.

Huntingdon came back after the break and 10 minutes of pressure led to a try from centre Dunsdon. Just past the hour mark, they were reduced to 14 men when the referee produced a yellow card which allowed Towcester back into the game through a Yuill try.

Restored to 15 men, Huntingdon caught Towcester napping when Strangeways darted over to score.

Towcester saved their best to last. A sweeping move saw the ball swapped between backs and forwards and Dave Stocks crossed under the posts.

Yuill converted to complete a feast of rugby watched by former RFU president, Northampton Saints coach, England flanker and British Lion Bob Taylor.