Classy Walden score seven tries in victory

PUBLISHED: 16:44 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:44 13 April 2015

Tom Hughes. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Tom Hughes. Picture: Jamie Pluck


Saffron Walden turned on the style in a seven-try 45-32 win over Campion in their penultimate game of the season.

Will Brown. Picture: Jamie PluckWill Brown. Picture: Jamie Pluck

James Gosden, Tom Hughes and Mark Kimberly scored two tries each and Ben Nash got the other as Walden picked up their 13th win of the season.

A repeat performance this weekend at home against Rochford Hundred could see Walden finish a very respectable fourth in London Two North East.

Once again, Walden relied on their fast, attacking rugby to win the game. Quick hands from scrum-half Will Brown set up Gosden for the first try, which was converted by Tom Price, to give Walden a 7-3 lead.

Campion were on the back foot and were kicking just to relieve pressure on their try-line. From one such kick, Price caught the ball at the halfway line, juked the defence with a dummied pass and surged into the 22. Just as the scramble defence caught up, he offloaded to Nash to score under the posts.

Campion scored twice more before the break, their tries coming either side of Kimberley’s dash into the corner, as the half ended 19-13 in Walden’s favour.

With the wind now at the backs, Walden started the second half in determined fashion and played some really good rugby over the next 25 minutes, scoring three tries, to put the game out of reach.

The first was scored by Gosden when he caught the defence off guard and took a quick tap penalty over the line. Hughes then charged down a clearing kick to dot down before Kimerbley picked up a loose ball to score.

A penalty try for Campion narrowed the gap to 38-20 but the lead was soon restored when Hughes dummied to pass out wide and burst through to gap.

A momentary lapse allowed Campion to boost their tally but by the final whistle, there was little doubt who the better team had been.

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