Longlevens romp to a huge win
LONGLEVENS Under-13s put visitors St Mary's Old Boys to the sword in an emphatic 83-0 victory.
Despite last season's close encounter, which Levens just edged, the hosts started with intent in their second home fixture of the term.
George Barton kicked off and spotted a gap in St Mary's formation, cleverly finding touch.
From the resulting lineout, the forwards stole the ball and unleashed the backs.
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Rufus Hulbert crashed through several tackles before scoring under the posts. From the kick-off Levens knocked on, giving St Mary's an attacking position.
The last time these two sides met the Old Boys had a big advantage in the scrums, but not this time.
Their scrum-half fed the ball, home hooker Jacob Dunn took it against the head, the backs went blindside and winger Marshall Walker made good ground up to the 22.
Barton was first to the breakdown, picked up and showed great strength to see off several tackles to score in the corner.
St Mary's looked shocked at the pace and power of the Levens team.
Ellis Peacey made a great break in the centre, he fed Hulbert who timed his pass to perfection to Walker who dived over in the corner.
Dunn was continuing to dominate his opposite number and took at least five scrums against the head.
With props Ethan Hunt and Louie Jayne, these three were setting a great platform for the team to attack from everywhere.
Tries four and five were both long range efforts, first Peacey showed his speed from halfway before Hulbert again made a break, this time feeding full-back Harry Atkinson to score under the posts.
St Mary's finally attacked, but great defence from flankers Kian Sysum and Alfred Crouch saw them lose possession. To their credit the visitors tried to move the ball wide, but winger Sam Hawkins forced another turnover in the tackle, before the backs spread the ball wide for Atkinson to cross again.
Levens were on the attack again from the restart. Hulbert was again the provider, this time feeding Hawkins for what should have been an easy score. However, the winger decided to juggle the ball as he crossed the line, but grabbed the ball just in time to score under the posts.
Then fly-half Barton produced a moment of magic. Excellent work from forwards Henry Garner, Filip Manojlovic and Robert Moffatt set up good ball for the backs.
Quick passes saw the ball arrive in Barton's hands. A clever chip and chase saw him gather for a fantastic try. He added his fifth conversion to make the score 50-0 at half-time.
St Mary's did see a bit more of the ball early in the second half, but again the Levens defence was solid.
The pack were dominant and again turned over possession deep inside their own half. This time it was Barton who timed the pass to perfection sending Jack Dance in for a try on his return from injury.
It was his first of the season, making him the 15th out of 20 players used this season to score for the Under-13s.
Hulbert turned provider for the next two tries. First he did all the hard work before offloading to scrum-half Bradley Wilkins to score. Then he put pressure on the Old Boys' defence before another massive hit saw the ball go loose over the try line.
Nathaniel Dunn was quickest to react, diving on the ball to score.
The final two tries were scored by Atkinson, again showing a clean pair of heels to the visitors' defence, Barton converted for the eighth time, before Hulbert completed the scoring with a powerful run, touching down under the posts and converting his own try.