Rams comfortable at the top
RAMS produced a scintillating first-half display as they powered past the usually resilient Dings Crusaders at Old Bath Road.
The league’s two best defences went head-to-head in Sonning, but Rams crossed the whitewash four times before the break through Luke Guttridge, Ben Henderson, Ollie Taylor and Conor Corrigan to clinch a bonus point.
There was also a late score from Andrew Humberstone to seal the 33-15 win with Alex Seers kicking over four conversions from five for the table- toppers.
“I’m happy with the performance,” said Rams head coach Seb Reynolds.
“(Dings) are a very strong side and I think they purposefully picked a big pack to try and combat our strengths.
“But whilst they did that for a time, I think we eventually got a foothold in the game and we were very dominant towards the back end of the first half.
“Unfortunately we didn’t kick on in the second half, but I was pleased with the overall performance.”
Rams began game in typical fashion with a line-out drive leading to
Guttridge scoring in the sixth minute.
Dings earned a chance to put some points on the board via a penalty, but Ben Bolster was forced to attempt a drop goal with the visitors unable to find their kicking tee and the effort went just wide.
But the game was soon level when Jordan Grattan went over in the corner. Bolster then kicked the Bristol men in front, which sparked Rams back into life.
Henderson, Taylor and Corrigan all crossed the whitewash in quick succession to open up a 26-10 half-time advantage.
The second half did not quite match the quality of the first but both sides did score one try each with Will Capon crossing for Crusaders before Humberstone’s late score.
Rams have no game this weekend.
RAMS: Duffelen, Rossiter, Bryant, Humberstone, Corrigan, Seers, Illingworth, Steadman, Henderson, Baker, Taylor, Etete, Amor, Vooght, Guttridge.
Reps: Drew, McDonnell-Roberts, Crame, Richardson, Lloyd.
Referee: Louis Biggs
Andrew Humberstone heads to the line for the Rams