DIVISION TWO WEST
March Bears 12
With a large crowd on a lovely day for rugby, Haverhill hosted March Bears for their first league game of the season and put on a consummate performance.
Within two minutes, man-of-the-match Adam Hunt ripped the ball from his opposite number, peeled left and scored under the post for Jake Jeffs to convert for 7-0.
It only took another three minutes for Hunt to score a second with Jeffs adding the extras for 14-0.
On their first foray into the Haverhill half, a nice catch and drive on the five metre line saw March cross the line, despite Haverhill’s best efforts for 14-5.
Five minutes later, a great example of following the penalty kick was seen when Jeffs’ 40 metre kick hit the post for Hunt to snaffle and crash over the line with the conversion added.
Just before the break Haverhill increased their advantage to 26-5 when a quick tap penalty by Jeffs saw Zee go through Hunt for a strong run before releasing the charging Luke Stockings on half way to storm past the full-back and go over in the corner for his first try for the club.
After the turn, Stockings was released again for a try but the pass was deemed forward and disallowed.
One of the best passes for years by Jeffs, bypassing a trio of players over 30 metres, set the ever aware winger Jamie Pawley to intercept at full speed and smash through the tackler for a terrific unconverted try in the corner.
Bears responded with their own try following a scrum seeing the ball skew to the openside for their scrum-half to go under the posts.
Within five minutes Haverhill added to the score with a lovely driven scrum with Ricky Brown carry three tacklers over the line for 36-12.
The final minute saw a lovely pirouette around the back of the scrum by the number eight Chris Flannery to gain open ground. Quick hands to Jeffs afforded a perfectly timed pass to Hunt, who ran from half-way through the defence and under the posts for his fourth try and for Jeffs to score, making it 43-12 at the whistle.
n Haverhill travel early to Saffron Walden on Saturday for a 1.30pm kick-off to ensure all are back for the England versus Wales game at 8pm, which is being shown on the big screen in the clubhouse with all welcome.