Rugby Union
Brilliant Bromsgrove thrash Westoe

By Jamie Arrowsmith 23/04 Updated: 26/04 16:47

Buy photos » Caolan Ryan crossed the try line during Bromsgrove's impressive victory on Saturday. Picture by Peter Jepson.

Bromsgrove 85 Westoe 7

National Two North

A STUNNING Bromsgrove performance saw them sign off their home campaign in fantastic style in front of a record crowd of almost 1000 fans at Finstall Park on Saturday.

Bromsgrove ran in 13 tries to totally overpower a Westoe side who were unable to cope with power and pace demonstrated by the home side.

The unsung heroes in Bromsgrove's front five of Kevin Salisbury, Paul Norris, George Glenn, Wayne Cooper and Nigel Burrows drove the ball relentlessly at the heart of the Westoe defence, the latter picking up a brace of tries.

When subs Steve Blackburn, Gino Belmonte and Steven Smith came on in the second half they did much the same whilst behind the scrum, James Lloyd-Jones was as belligerent as ever, also scoring a couple of tries.

Westoe made a significant contribution to the match in the first minute when a punch up resulted in them losing hooker Thirkell to the sin bin.

During his absence, Caolan Ryan scored the game's first try but Copson, who went on to kick ten conversions, saw the resultant attempt at goal come back off the post.

The next two tries came from Burrows. The first from a catch and drive at a line-out and the second when supporting winger Warren Oliver after an excellent break.

Trailing 24-0, Westoe put their first and only points on the scoreboard five minutes before the break when awarded a penalty try, O'Farrell converted.

Town ended the first half on the front foot though with Higgins scoring the first of his two tries to see the hosts go in 31-7 ahead.

The second half was a complete rout as far as the home side were concerned as they ran in nine tries against their demoralised opposition.

It took just three minutes for Lloyd-Jones to charge over before Chris McGregor brushed aside his tacklers to cross five minutes later.

Higgins, now at scrum half, added to the advantage with a try from a scrum before Warren charged over from 30m.

Substitute Ollie Bache then got in on the act, showing too much pace for the tiring visitors and Copson followed him over after intercepting a wayward pass.

There was still time for Lloyd-Jones to get his second and number eight Phil Horton to seal another fine performance with the last try.

Bromsgrove sit seventh in the table and have scored the fourth most points in the division. They complete their league campaign on Saturday with a trip to Sheffield Tigers.

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