Spa down Banbury with try glut

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Banbury 13, Droitwich 33

DROITWICH produced an impressive second half try salvo to bag a fine win in Banbury on Saturday.

Spa had been trailing after a lacklustre first half display but they responded with gusto after the break to bag four touch downs.

Having had a week’s rest with no fixture last weekend, Spa came into the game on Saturday looking to continue the small winning streak that had started to develop in the Midlands Division Two West (South).

With excellent playing conditions, and a fine pitch, they made the worst possible start.

Banbury were ahead within five minutes after some good phase play compounded by poor decision making and defence by Droitwich.

A try was scored and converted, which was followed shortly by a penalty kick following an infringement at the scrum.

Spa’s only points from the first half were scored by Ryan Handley who showed great pace to grubber a loose ball through to finish excellently out wide. Unfortunately Rob Poke was unable to convert.

A stern half-time team talk by coach Scott Sturdy left the players knowing exactly what was required of them.

With clear instructions and plenty of motivation, Spa produced some of the best rugby of the season so far.

Solid defence, controlled aggression and clinical decision making were all combined in a performance that saw four unanswered tries.

Craig Mortlemans, Stef Buijnsters, Stuart Brooks and Will Baillon all touched down, while Sean Walker resumed kicking duties and duly converted them all.

The pick of the tries saw youngster Baillon show some fine footwork to leave the full back flat footed, as he raced through to score under the posts, much to the delight of the Droitwich supporters who had made the journey.

Droitwich entertain Dunlop in the league on Saturday (3pm ko).

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