Winning start to season continues for Saffron Walden Rugby Club

PUBLISHED: 09:59 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:57 01 October 2015

Saffron Walden RFC v Ipswich

Saffron Walden RFC v Ipswich


Saffron Walden Rugby Club notched up eight tries to seal a well-deserved win over rivals Ipswich and climb to the top of the London Two North East table after two games.

For the opening 10 minutes on Saturday the teams were evenly matched until David Patch crashed over for Walden’s first try, which was unconverted.

Scrum-half Paul Marshall then doubled the lead as the game entered the second quarter, beating three Ipswich players for pace before rushing over.

Despite Ipswich getting the ball from the kick-off, they were turned over in the centre of the field and the backs combined with left-winger Chris Clayton-Smith interlinking with centre Mich Clare to finally off load to Mark Kimberley for a third unconverted try.

Ipswich started to get into the game as they used their forwards to good effect and forced Walden to first give away a penalty forcing their way over as Walden’s defence went asleep to score a converted try to narrow the gap to 15-10 with half an hour played.

Walden then had a golden 10 minutes leading up to half-time and scored two tries, the first by Clare as he drove over the line to secure the bonus point and then Kimberley rushed over, converted by Tom Hughes to stretch the lead to 27-10.

A penalty extended that advantage to 30-10 before Ipswich notched another converted try to close to 13 points.

Any hopes of a comeback were quashed when good interplay between forwards and backs first set up Clare to go over again and then three minutes later Mark Kimberley got his fourth try, both converted by Tom Hughes 44-17.

The visitors did not let their heads go down and they scored their third try on the hour mark to give them hope of taking something from the game.

The last of Walden’s eight tries was worth the trip as Patch received the ball with little space to work just inside his own half.

He shrugged off a tackle and beat his opposite number as the cover came across he grubber-kicked the ball down the line and outpaced most of the Ipswich cover and got to the ball just as the full back came across to score a memorable try.

The visitors got the final score of the day but all in vain.

This Saturday does not get any easier with a visit to Diss.

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