Midlands West 1

Malvern 0

Whitchurch 53

Whitchurch made light work of struggling Malvern as they maintained their momentum in the Midlands 1 West by passing the 50-point mark for the first time this season.

The Reds powered over for nine tries, four of which went to forward Jake Rees, to run out emphatic winners at Spring Park to further underline their credentials in both attack and defence.

With the pack holding sway throughout, it was the first time this season that Malvern had failed to score as they remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Whitchurch themselves have conceded just six points in their last three outings, three of those from a debatable penalty, and have emerged with the second strongest defence in the league.

They have conceded 207 points from their 17 outings, with only league leaders Bromsgrove (198) having a better record.

Buoyed by the win, the Edgeley Park men can make Saturday’s trip to lowly Moseley Oak in fine fettle as they chase another double, having run out convincing 43-0 winners when the sides met back in October.

Last weekend’s victory, their seventh in their last eight outings, and their third in a row since the turn of the year, sees the Reds cement third spot.

However, it’s as you were at the top of the table with the leading four sides all claiming bonus points victories.

Whitchurch remain four points above Dudley Kingswinford in fourth, while they are eight points adrift of second placed Newbold-on-Avon – who they play in two weeks’ time – and a further six shy of leaders Bromsgrove.

They dominated possession and territory for much of the encounter against a Malvern side toiling at the foot of the table with just two wins to their name.

The scene was set in the opening minutes as the visitors drove over for their first score courtesy of a catch and drive from a penalty.

They quickly added to their tally from the restart and, despite Malvern battling manfully, never looked likely to be breached themselves.

The Reds underlined their dominance up front with a pushover try from a scrum, and had a bonus point in the bag at the interval with a fourth touchdown straight from the restart.

The second half continued in similar vein, with Malvern living off scraps as the visitors crossed twice more through forward drives after being camped in the home half.

With the Worcestershire outfit fading fast, the Reds got stronger as they rotated the side to run in three more tries in an outstanding all-round display.

They now set their sights on Moseley Oak on Saturday.