Stroud ran out comfortable 64-7 winners at Newent 2nds, writes Mark Samak.
The forwards were dominant throughout the game – applying pressure in the scrummage, being accurate in the line-out and carrying powerfully in the loose. This set a superb platform for the backs to show efficient handling and distribution to run in nine out of the ten tries.
The first half was nearly all one-way traffic with the forwards running through their phases and providing the opportunity for fly-half Marsh to cross 3 times from close range in the first 20 minutes.
Cremmins was a constant threat in the loose, regularly breaking through the advantage line and his work was backed up by the experience of Higgins, Phillips, Samak, and Fruin, who all got through their share of carrying. Strange, on the right-wing was also a beneficiary of forward domination, crossing twice. Captain, Sam Leworthy, as ever led by example, with his trademark strong running and bagged himself a brace of tries.
The second half was a closer contest with Newent gaining greater periods of possession but found Stroud’s defence secure with Stokes and Fruin topping the tackle counts.
Stroud continued to look to attack with Adamson coming more into the game with his elusive running. His surges eventually led to scores from Toon, and Voyce, who ran a great supporting line to Ashenford’s snipe. Davies completed the scoring after a flowing move, which encapsulated the attacking intent and handling skills on show all afternoon. Ashenford continued his form with the boot, converting seven of the tries.
This was indeed an excellent display from Stroud with forwards and backs combining to show patience, control, and accuracy when working through phases. Each week has seen development and this game should now set the bar in terms of the standards this team is capable of.
Man of the Match – Chase Stokes.