RUGBY UNION - Claverdon RFC remain perfect with Rugby Welsh win - The Stratford Observer

RUGBY UNION - Claverdon RFC remain perfect with Rugby Welsh win

CLAVERDON RFC recovered from a slow start to eventually beat Rugby Welsh 30-5 to secure an 11th successive victory.


George Redwood, William Smallwood, James Williams, Daniel Sibley and Sam Turrell all crossed to ensure Claverdon’s perfect start to the season continued.


The result means Claverdon sit top of the Midlands 4 West (South) table, 10 points clear of Old Wheatleyans who have a game in-hand.


Both teams made a tentative start in cold and slippery conditions before Claverdon scored the first try when Redwood accelerated away to the line after he collected a loose ball.


However, the home side responded when Claverdon failed to secure a kick into their own 22 allowing Rugby to touch down.


And the half ended badly for Claverdon when captain for the day Chris Calcottt was sin-binned with the scores level at 5-5 at the interval.


Claverdon regained their composure after the break and took the lead when Sibley slotted a penalty between the sticks.


And that lead was extended further when Smallwood scored in the corner after Matthew Dunster stole the ball at the lineout and offloaded into the substitute’s path.


The away side struck again soon after when Williams exploited a gap in the Welsh defence to touch down after Benjamin Husthwaite was halted close to the line.


And Claverdon scored their bonus point try when Sibley stepped inside of his man to dot down after Turrell had broken through the Rugby defence.


The victory was sealed by Turrell who added Claverdon’s fifth try from Marcus Bromwich’s pass after Dunster had turned the ball over in a dangerous position.


Claverdon are next in action away at Old Wheatleyans on Saturday, January 22 with kick-off at 2.15pm in the top of the table clash at Norman Place Road.

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