All Blacks take total charge

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DAVENTRY All Blacks welcomed a Northampton casuals team who were out to prove a point, coming off the back of a heavy defeat at Oadby Wigstonians the previous week. Daventry on the other hand were full of confidence, after their 18-17 win over title contenders and rivals Long Buckby.

The All Blacks got off to a rocky start, conceding a penalty within the first couple of minutes which the Casuals full-back slotted over to take the lead 0-3. It didn’t take the Daventry pack long to enforce their dominance, charging runs from prop Andy Moore and second row Lee Cresswell drove deep into the opposition 22 drawing an early penalty out of the Casuals, which Bradley Wardell kicked to level the scores 3-3.

Daventry then had a very good spell of possession resulting in a series of rucks on the Casuals’ line. Eventually Scrum-half Adam Whitehead spotted a gap and squeezed over for the first try of the game 8-3.

Daventry reclaimed the ball from the kick off and went straight back into the opposing 22 with slick handling in the backs. Jake Sanderson and Luke Jones’ great running lines proved too good once again for the opposition.

Daventry won a line out five metres out and Whitehead again went over, owing another try to the forwards hard work. Wardell converted, 15-3.

Casuals heads started to drop as another kick off was reclaimed and returned with interest by second row James Heath. A knock-on by Casuals resulted in a scrum on the half way with Wardell picking from the base, kicking and chasing his own ball to claim his first try of the game 20-3.

Wardell also picked up the next try after another spell deep in the Northampton side’s half. Picking from the base of a scrum and going over in the corner. Wardell converted, 27-3.

At the half-time break Daventry coach, Shaun DeGroot, warned of complacency. The second half started with Casuals knocking on from the kick-off. Daventry were awarded a free kick. Wardell tapped quickly and scored under the posts to complete his hat-trick. Wardell converted, 34-3.

The Daventry backs began to run riot with Adam Seamark and Nick Berry both going over for good tries. Wardell converting both 48-3.

By this point the Casuals defence was stretched. Ricky Haynes kicked into space and flanker Danny Collett chased and scored a well-earned try. Wardell converted, 55-3. The Northampton Casuals discipline started to waiver conceding a number of penalties inside their own half. Daventry’s dominant line-out and mauling skills produced another great platform for Whitehead to go over for his third. Wardell completed the scoring with a final conversion, 62-3.

Man of the match was Bradley Wardell, after his impressive 32-point haul.