Rams com­fort­able at the top

The Wokingham Paper - - SPORT - By TOM CROCKER tcrocker@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

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

At­ten­dance: 420

Pic­ture: S2S Pho­tog­ra­phy

An­drew Hum­ber­stone heads to the line for the Rams

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