Whitchurch 55

Droitwich 0

Whitchurch RFC held their Vice President’s Christmas Lunch before the game on Saturday and all those attending were looking forward to a festive feast of rugby for afters.

They were not disappointed as the Edgeley Park men ran riot against the team that had beaten them only two years ago in the North Midlands Cup Final.

Whitchurch were ahead within five minutes from a try by Jake Bailey following a catch and drive from the five metre line.

Things looked ominous for the visitors as the home scrum pushed them back at every set piece.

The expected rout then took a pause as Droitwich came back strongly with a series of attacks.

They were met with a resolute defensive display from the red back line.

It took until the 23rd minute before Whitchurch reasserted themselves and went further ahead through the indomitable Matty Owen who scored the first of his hat-trick of tries.

The pressure began to grow and extracted an energy-sapping defence from the visitors.

The floodgates opened as wave after wave of Whitchurch attacks led to Owen’s second try, swiftly followed by a customary break to score from Henry Hockenhull.

Fly half Danny Nicholas converted two of the tries to leave the half time score 24-0.

The second half was typified by the charging runs of Jake Rees who bagged two tries of his own.

Nicholas then put in a series of superb, raking kicks which penned the Droitwich team back into their own twenty two and resulted in another drive over the line for Bailey to add his second try.

Owen soon got his third and then Steve Bloore took a ball ten metres out and used the visiting defenders as skittles to keep up his impressive scoring record.

Nine tries with five conversions was enough to warm up the very large crowd who were treated to an exhilarating display of rugby.

Injuries to Ian Hockenhull, Tomas Skone and Luca Owen-Youngs slightly dampened the joy but the display by the front row, in particular, combined with the defiance of the back row and a near perfect showing from young Nathan Horton enabled the talented backs to show their skills to all.