Walden's party starts halfway to Hundred
PUBLISHED: 14:57 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 14:57 20 April 2015
Rugby fans turned up in droves for the final game of the season, and Saffron Walden rewarded them with a stunning 55-20 rout of Rochford Hundred.
Saffron Walden vs Rochford Hundred
Saffron Walden 55
Gosden 2T, Baker 3T, Kimberley 1T, Nash 2T, Price 1P 6C
Rochford Hundred 20
Horsburgh 1T, Smith 1T, White 1T, Ashton 1P 1C
Kato Nganeko led the team out ahead of his last league game for the club after two successful years. He is returning to Waiuku in New Zealand, Walden’s partner club.
With so much to celebrate, there was a festival atmosphere at Springfield Lane on Saturday, with three games, the vice-president’s lunch and the minis and youth awards.
With so much partying off the pitch, the first-team brought it on the pitch with a fantastic display of attacking rugby.
A quick passing move from the backs put Mark Kimberley over in the corner for the first try which was followed by a lineout drive that ended with Nik Baker touching down to give the hosts a 10-0 lead inside 10 minutes.
A successful penalty from Rochford’s Adam Ashton stemmed the tide of points in Walden’s favour, although only momentarily as James Gosden took a quick tap-and-go penalty to dart over. Tom Price added the extras and didn’t miss a kick for the rest of the game.
He split the uprights after Ben Nash’s bonus-point try and was perfect after the break with a penalty to put Walden 27-10 up.
Their 27-point opening turned out to be an appetiser for the four-try, tour-de-force they served up in the second half. Nash dived over for his second of the game before Paul Marshall put Gosden in after a quickly-taken lineout.
Rochford tried a short kick from the restart but a combination of Andy Lancaster and Gosden made them pay by setting up Baker, who added his third try to give Walden a 55-10 lead.
Rochford scored another two uncoverted tries, from Matt White and Brett Smith, to close the gap but they couldn’t spoil Saffron Walden’s party.