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Byline: HOWARD CLEWS at Stourton

STOURBRIDGE 51

WATERLOO 20

Stourbridge made the most of meeting bottom team Waterloo, scoring eight tries in a dominant performance and only failing to register their highest score of the season because, for him, Alistair Bressington had a goal-kicking off-day.

Bressington put over only four conversions and one of two penalty attempts while Waterloo fly half Frank Lynch succeeded with all four of his kicks including converting both of their tries.

There was an early exchange of penalty goals between the kickers after right-winger Martin Freeman had rounded off seven minutes of opening pressure by Stour with their first try.

By the end of the first quarter Stour led 20-3 following tries by their two locks, Ben Griffiths from build-up by Freeman, flanker Ben Gerry and hooker Harry Collins, then Ben Hughes from a break by fly half Jon Higgins.

Waterloo mounted a revival with a try by right-winger Neil Kerfoot, who found a gaping hole in the Stour defence, the conversion and second penalty by Lynch before Freeman's pace earned his second touchdown. Stour prop Adam Sturdy spanned half time with tries, first for a penalty line out, then when left-winger Tom Hughes cut inside and fed him before Ben Hughes got his second from Tom Richardson's reverse pass.

Centre Adam Billig ran on to a diagonal grub-kick into goal for Stour's last try and Waterloo mounted a final show of defiance with a try by left-winger Matt Williams, who out-sped the defence.

Nuneaton maintained their challenge to go straight back to National Two with 29-6 win over Hull Ionians featuring tries in the first 20 minutes by full back Rob Cook, centre Tim Douglas and winger Aaron Takarangi. All were converted by Rickie Aley, who exchanged first-half penalty goals with James Richardson before a second-half drop goal by fly-half James Green for Ionians and Nuns' bonus-point try by flanker Gary Holmes.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 17, 2008
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