Leamington sign off the season with emphatic success over Droitwich

Leamington's Matt Patching gets the ball away to Gareth Shuttleworth. Picture: Gina Ruyssevelt
Leamington's Matt Patching gets the ball away to Gareth Shuttleworth. Picture: Gina Ruyssevelt
  • Midlands Two West (South)
  • Leamington 56 Droitwich 0

Leamington concluded their season with an emphatic win over already-relegated Droitwich.

The spring sunshine interlaced with a biting crosswind meant the pitch was, in the most part, ideal for free-running rugby and Droitwich started the game in a manner that belied their league position.

They had the first opportunity of the day with an attempted penalty kick before Leamington’s Sam Nunn earned his side some breathing space with two timely clearances to touch.

In their first positive attack, the pressure exerted by the Leamington pack was such that the visitors were unable to cope and they conceded a penalty try converted by Ben Jenkins.

From the restart, prop Aled Thomas raced down the wing to get Leamington back on the attack and shortly after, Jenkins increased his side’s lead with a penalty.

The hosts went further ahead with a well-worked try after Droitwich had once again conceded a penalty.

From the resulting line-out, Craig Smith claimed possession and allowed his forwards to drive towards the line, giving Danny Phillips the chance to dive in for the score.

With Leamington now in full control, another drive from their pack got them close to the Droitwich line. Danny Ruyssevelt retrieved the ball from the ruck and sent out a quick pass to Ben Jenkins who timed his run to perfection to outwit the defence and crash over for a 20-point interval lead.

Barely four minutes of the second half had elapsed when Leamington winger Ryan Byrne took possession on halfway and raced away, leaving a trail of defenders in his wake, to score a fine individual try.

Leamington increased their lead when Ben Jenkins broke out of defence at pace and found Joe Walton in support.

As the defence closed in, Walton sent a clever kick through which fell into the grateful hands of Byrne for his second try in quick succession.

Sam Nunn nailed the conversion and his side, already in bonus-point territory, were looking good value.

Droitwich continued to come under a constant barrage from the home attack.

Sam Nunn and Byrne combined to get the ball to Ruyssevelt deep in the Droitwich 22 and the centre’s clever movement fooled the defence, allowing him to crash over.

Mark Baldwin was next to break the home defence with a strong run before unleashing the ball to Will Fievet who raced in under the posts. Nunn once again claimed the conversion.

With energy levels high, Leamington were keen to push further ahead and a kick upfield from Nunn provided the next opportunity for points. Ruyssevelt took the ball before getting in a pass to the tireless John Brear, who powered his way over.

Before the final curtain fell, Ruyssevelt once again got his side moving forward with a break on half-way. His neat inside pass to Joe Walton was sufficient to fool the defence and allow the young winger to score his side’s final try of the season.

A Sam Nunn drop-kick conversion closed proceedings.