Seven up for superb S&L

S&L crushed newly-promoted Men’s Own 49-10 in the opening game of their Midlands Three East (South) season.

Despite having the bulk of possession it took them until midway through the first half before Greig Cook opened the scoring.

He crossed the line after an excellent break from stand-off Chris Jones to score a try which Jones converted.

Men’s Own hit back with a penalty to make it before Dave Jacklin finished off some fine handling from the S&L backs to extend the lead on the stroke of half-time.

S&L continued to dominate possession, especially at the lineout, and it was from a set-piece in the visitor’s half that a move was finished when Mike McIntyre cut through from to score. Jones again added the extras.

Further pressure from the S&L pack saw scrum-half Matt Fleming go over for his two tries before his achievement was matched by McIntyre when he added his second.

Winger Dave Jacklin then finished off some superb handling which Jones again converted to make the score 49-3.

Men’s Own scored a consolation try right at the death but it could not take the gloss off an excellent team performance.

“You can’t ask for much more than that,” said head coach John Robson.

“I was delighted that we certainly looked the fitter team throughout the game and our lineout and scrum worked really well.

“From that base we managed to put some decent rugby together and got our just rewards.”

The seconds also celebrated victory as they beat Braintree 4th 39-12.