All Blacks back to form after weather woes

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DAVENTRY All Blacks found their top form when returning to action after a five-week weather-induced break, travelling to second-placed Rugby St Andrews.

St Andrews pack met resistance from Daventry’s spirited and resilient display in both set piece and loose play.

From this platform, the All Blacks were able to mount pressure on their confident opposition resulting in good progress being gained.

A constant supply of ball allowed Daventry to mount several attacking moves, and despite a period of spirited defence work, the All Blacks broke out to play well in the St Andrews half.

Eventually centre Luke Jones crashed through the St Andrews defence, to open Daventry’s account with a try under the posts converted by Bradley Wardell.

This was followed by a sustained period of attack in the St Andrews 22 which included the referee binning two St Andrews’ players and one from Daventry.

Despite Daventry being reduced to 14 players a second Luke Jones try, again converted, gave Daventry a 14-nil half-time lead.

St Andrews narrowed the gap in the second-half by pressing back Daventry with long probing kicks from their fly-half.

Daventry broke out of this stranglehold with a length of the pitch try again from the outstanding Luke Jones.

With tremendous spirit and commitment, Daventry went from strength to strength. Fast to the break down, good ball handling and total commitment saw St Andrews on the back foot.

A charge by prop Joe Titley took play well into the St Andrews’ half and from the ensuing ruck – a magnificent move, with the ball travelling right down the back line – saw winger Taff Seamark score in the corner.

St Andrews attempted to slow the game down and scored their points from forward pressure but Daventry’s Bradley Wardell kicked the penalty to ensure an excellent, well-deserved win.

The solid platform laid by the pack made the foundations for the success with second rows Steve Rolt and Shannon Thompson playing a significant and abrasive role in a very complete and total team performance.

Daventry look forward to taking on Old Newtonians next at home.