Tries spree by Dereham teams

Dereham II 51, Broadland II 0Despite the snow, ice and pitch that resembled a quagmire, the Dereham Second XV produced a display to be proud of as they ran in nine unanswered tries for their biggest win of the season.

Dereham II 51, Broadland II 0

Despite the snow, ice and pitch that resembled a quagmire, the Dereham Second XV produced a display to be proud of as they ran in nine unanswered tries for their biggest win of the season.

Dereham's captain John Sutton urged the team to be quick out of the blocks, but even he couldn't have expected such an emphatic start.

Nigel Brown picked off a short kick and set off upfield, scattering the first line of defence. The Dereham back row carried the ball on and all Broadland could do was dive over and kill the ball. Chris Berry saw the defence in disarray and took a quick tap to sprint the final 15 metres and put Dereham 5-0 up inside a minute.

Derbyshire chipped and collected to run in his first of four tries two minutes later.

The home scrum held firm against Broadland's pack. The front row of Spooner, Rees and Brown did well to stand steady to allow Friend and Denton to work options from the base of the scrum.

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Ledward and Drewery in the centres provided safe hands and, unusually in the conditions, Watcham and Ponder on the wings saw a fair share of the ball.

Watcham caused the Broadland defence all sorts of problems as they failed to cope with the big lad's power. He came close on several occasions, including an ambitious cross-field kick from Derbyshire, but in the end it was strength that led to his try when he stormed up the left wing.

Derbyshire got his second with a cheeky break down the right, then Taff joined the line at pace from full-back for another.

Second half Drewery was replaced by Ratukove, following a knock on the knee, Tom Edwards came on for John Sutton and changes were made on the wing and at full-back.

Broadland showed greater intent, but Derbyshire created another break and put Tom Edwards away on the left to increase the lead, before claiming another two tries for himself.

From an attacking scrum the play was switched from open to blind, with Ledward splitting the stretched defence for a score under the sticks.

The playing surface had all but disintegrated, but the forwards still kept the ball alive and put together some attractive passages of play. The open attacking play boded well for the future strength of the club.

Next the seconds travel to Beccles, whilst the first team have a tough fixture at home to Newmarket in the league.

Lakenham Hewitt U15 0, Dereham Barbarians U15 73

After two defeats in as many weeks, the Barbarians were looking to return to winning ways.

Josh broke into midfield, slipped a neat pass to Evans, who sent a long ball to McCullough and the centre showed a clean pair of heels down the wing for a try inside the first minute of play. Evans calmly slotted over the conversion.

An open side break from Val allowed the backs to spin the ball out, McCullough picked up a loose pass and popped off to Bullock on the wing to score his first try of the season. A ruck in the midfield turned over by the Barbarians gave the chance for some smooth hands, allowing Edwards to run at the gap from the 10-metre line and score.

The Barbarians slowed the pace and looked to work some set moves, resulting in two more tries - from Lloyd and Josh.

Lakenham started the second half with their best spell of the game. However, some big tackles from Fox and Edwards saw them clear their lines.

The Barbarians stepped up the pace again and ran in six tries in the second half, with the pick of the bunch coming from Stolworthy as a pin-point accurate cross-field kick from Evans saw the centre score a terrific try. Evans kicked well throughout the game, racking up 18 points overall.

Captain Josh said: “Today we were ruthless. I am incredibly pleased with the performance the lads gave. Lakenham, as despite the score-line, gave us a real battle.”

The Barbarians' squad is growing on a weekly basis. This match there was a debut try from Denny at blindside flanker and an equally impressive tackling display from Sam Bean at open side.

The coaching team are still looking for raw talent and enthusiasm to strengthen the squad and hopefully increase the number of sides. Training starts at 10am on Sundays at the Moorgate sports field.

A friendly welcome is guaranteed.