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Second successive win in National Two North for Luctonians at Bromsgrove
2:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
Bromsgrove 12 pts Luctonians 28 pts.
DIRECTOR of rugby Alex Davidson hailed teenage winger Alex Rumsey after Luctonians roared to their second successive win.
Davidson says Rumsey’s personal aim to score 20 tries has thrown down a challenge to fellow winger Drew Cheshire.
Rumsey took his season’s tally to three after grabbing a brace in Saturday’s National League Two North derby triumph at Finstall Park.
And Cheshire, who notched 26 league tries last term, also got off the mark as Luctonians avenged last season’s horror show.
“Last season, Bromsgrove beat us for the first time in 12 years and put us to the sword,” said Davidson.
“It’s nice to get back on track and, hopefully, we will do the double over them.”
Rumsey’s opening try, together with a penalty and a conversion from John Morris, put Lucs 10-0 ahead.
Oliver Bache went over for Bromsgrove but Rumsey’s second try and Morris’ penalty gave Lucs an 18-5 advantage.
James Young pounced to score Bromsgrove’s second touchdown, which Richard Mahony converted.
Ben Palmer was yellow-carded for the hosts and Lucs took full advantage. Morris landed another penalty before Cheshire crossed and he slotted the conversion.
Davidson added: “Rumsey has set the bar high with his aims and his second try was special efffort.
“Alex picked up the ball in midfield and broke through three would-be tacklers to score.”
Luctonians host Harrogate at Mortimer Park this Saturday and Davidson is aware of the visitors’ back-line threat.
Jack Lydiate has declared himself fit for Lucs and Chris Harris has been given the OK to return to action after a CT scan.
Prop Richard Jones is hoping to return to the first team for match at Dudley Kingswinford on September 28.
l LUCTONIANS’ former captain Chris Jaques is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering an horrific injury in training.
The former skipper fractured an ankle in two places and suffered a dislocation. He has also sustained a broken fibula.
The injury occurred in Luctonians’ first ruck of the team run last Thursday.
Luctonians’ president Bryan Markham said: “I am sure I speak for the whole club when I wish Chris a speedy recovery and to see him back at the club in the near future.
“What makes it more heart-breaking is Chris’ committed involvement in the building of our new stand coupled with his leadership and passion for our rugby club.”
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