Free-scoring Walden romp to convincing win as rivals Cantabs are put to sword

Saffron Walden Rugby Club face the camera at the start of a new season

Saffron Walden Rugby Club face the camera at the start of a new season - Credit: Archant

Saffron Walden romped to a big 81-17 win over local rivals Cantabs in their latest London Two North East outing at the weekend.

It took only five minutes for the Ridgeons-sponsored Walden to open the scoring as quick thinking by scrum-half Keegon Diggons saw him dive over from a tap penalty.

Cantabs levelled with a try in the corner, after creating an overlap from a penalty move, but Walden scored twice in quick succession through second row Brad Baker and flanker Ben Stapleton, who was put away by winger Ollie Webber.

A penalty in front of the posts made it 22-5, before Cantabs ran in their second try.

But Walden kept attacking and pulled clear by the itnerval, with number eight Matt Holden’s fine break setting up Webber for a score of his own.

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Adam Miles went on a mazy run for the home side’s fifth try, with Oscar Norman also touching down to make it 43-10.

It took Walden 10 minutes to add to their tally after the restart, as captain Mark Kimberley went over in the corner.

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Kimberley then showed his footballing skills midway through the half to hack the ball over the line and ground it under the posts for his second try.

The floodgates then opened as the visitors tired, with second row Charlie Potter barging over from five yards, before fly-half Tom Price caught a kick on the halfway line, jinked past two tackles and dived over.

A break by Stapleton set up fellow flanker Will McGinn, with Stapleton then finishing off a fine move involving backs and forwards to complete the Walden haul.

Cantabs refused to give up and claimed a third try from the last play of the game, but it was little consolation on a chastening afternoon.

The Greene King man of the match award went to Miles, with Walden now preparing for a tricky trip to Wanstead this weekend, when competitions for places could be fierce, with several players set to return from short-term injury.

The Saxons, meanwhile, are due to host Ely seconds in Eastern Counties One West (3pm).

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