Tows power way to win in dour battle

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.