All Blacks firsts setting the pace

Daventry battle to hang on to possession in their match at Stefen Hill
Daventry battle to hang on to possession in their match at Stefen Hill

DAVENTRY All Blacks first team received a massive boost in the warm-up for Tuesday evening’s derby against Long Buckby by beating fourth-placed Rushden and Higham by 38-0.

After a week off from league action it took the All Blacks a good 10 minutes to settle in to the great form they have shown in the last five league games.

The forwards started to dominate once again, picking and driving Rushden back inside their own 22 and applying a sustained period of pressure resulting in a free-kick five metres out.

Scrum-half Adam Whitehead acted quickly and crossed close to the posts leaving Bradley Wardell to slot an easy kick to make it 7-0.

Daventry kept their foot firmly on the pedal, playing the territory game well. This, coupled with the forwards dominance, allowed prop Joe Titley to barge his way over from short range.

Wardell converted to add a further two points making the score 14-0.

Rushden then managed to stop the rot turning Daventry over on a number of occasions for a half-time score of 14-0.

After a stern half-time team talk from coach Shaun DeGroot, Daventry started to play the good looking rugby they have become accustomed to at Stefen Hill.

What small amount of possession Rushden had, they kicked away poorly allowing the back three, Adam Seamark, Jake Sanderson and Nick Berry, to return with interest. Berry finished a well-worked attack off in the corner to make the score 19-0.

Daventry could sense the bonus point and really upped the pressure.

Danny Collett ran through a couple of tackles and over under the posts. Wardell converted.

A well-weighted cross field kick and a perfectly-timed run and flying catch from winger Sanderson scored another five points, Wardell getting the extra two from the touchline for 33-0.

A mazy run and a dummy by prop forward Titley, released Berry to cross for his second of the game.

Man of the Match was Bradley Wardell.