Caldy seal their Nat One sta­tus

The Rugby Paper - - Championship | National League 1 - By JAMIE RUS­SELL

A GLO­RI­OUS day with stun­ning rugby from Caldy con­firmed their Na­tional One sta­tus for an­other year.

They thrived in the con­di­tions to pick apart an un­der­per­form­ing Black­heath, scor­ing six tries any side would be proud of.

Nick Royle, who bagged an­other hat-trick, was once again sub­lime in his speed and fin­ish­ing abil­ity.

His sec­ond was piv­otal and ar­guably the most eye-catch­ing. A smart move started by Ben Jones was well-ex­e­cuted and Royle, who col­lected the fi­nal pass from the floor, beat his op­po­site man by dink­ing the ball round him stylishly.

His try took Caldy into a com­mand­ing 30-6 lead se­cur­ing the bonus point. A per­fect re­sponse from an up­turn in per­for­mance from Black­heath.

With much fo­cus on the pack this sea­son, the backs proved their worth and re­in­forced the flex­i­bil­ity Caldy have in their ranks. Black­heath sim­ply could not stop the Caldy pack ei­ther, nor could they stop the slip­pery JJ Dickinson from break­ing through to score yet an­other try.

Black­heath raised their game late on, with Alex Pick­ers­gill fin­ish­ing Joseph Tar­rant’s move.

Caldy though rose to the oc­ca­sion and con­firm­ing an­other sea­son in Nat One.

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