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Rampant Hereford win third straight Midlands One West game by beating Walsall
11:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Rugby
HEREFORD continue to soar away at the top of the Midlands One West table after a third straight win, 45 -0 against Walsall
The Wyesiders gained a bonus-point victory, piled in seven tries and kept a clean sheet in an outstanding success.
“The strong Walsall pack tested our eight who more than held their own in the tight, won good ball in the line-out and were the more lively in the loose,” said Hereford spokesman Robin Davies.
“The backs, who for a while were below par in attack, were excellent in defence and resumed their free running game in the second period.”
From Hereford’s first attack, Jamie Bullock drove over to score his fourth try of the season with Connor Sullivan adding the extra points.
Bullock was sin-binned for a professional foul shortly afterwards but Hereford’s well-drilled defence held out in his absence.
And it was the Wyesiders who added to their lead when a handling error allowed Giles Sayner to pick up and kick ahead for James Watters to touch down.
Sullivan again added the extra points to extend the lead to 14-0 at half-time.
Early in the second period, Lloyd Collier and Dean Powell combined to send in Perry Pudge under the posts for a try which Powell converted.
And the bonus-point try came when James Watters made a determined run to go over in the corner.
Next it was Sayner’s turn to go over in the corner, plunging over after good set-up play by Josh Bell and Bullock.
Hereford stretched their lead in the closing minutes when Bell and then Collier crossed for tries, both of which were converted by Powell.
“It’s been a tremendous start,” said Davies.
“A number of our younger players are now maturing - the ones who came into the side when we got relegated a couple of years ago and took a bit of a battering at first.
“The likes of Alex Hickinbotham and Jamie Humphreys have put on a bit of weight and developed the aggression that you need at this level. Some of the other team-members have now gelled; Perry Pudge had a year with us when he didn’t do a great deal but now he’s playing very well.
“Jamie Bullock is enjoying not being captain and has moved to prop where he is relishing the confrontation. “Four tries in three games shows how well he is playing.
“And his successor as captain Ali McColl has really grasped the opportunity to lead the side.” Bullock said: “I had two years as captain and now it’s just nice to roll up and play.
“Ali McColl is a natural leader and he’s respected by everyone - he leads by example.
“I’m getting a lot of stick from the boys as the total yardage for my four tries is probably about eight yards.
“But I don’t care - last season I scored three tries in 24 matches and so it’s great to get four in three.
“There is a really good feeling about the place; we’re getting good numbers in training, everyone’s eager to play and looking forward to the next games.”
Bullock is also encouraged by the way the team is playing.
“We have strength in depth because there are still a couple of injured players to come back,” he said. “We’ve lost a couple of players but we’ve recruited some real quality.
“Lloyd Collier, who has moved to the area with his job, can play anywhere along the back-line and he’s fitted in really well off the field as well.
“In addition, we have Matt Pritchard back after missing most of the last two years and he is a quality player.
“The coaching team are really good, too; Mark Harris is still here but now we have Andy Williams, who was at Luctonians last year, too.
“He’s brought plenty of experience and it’s nice to have a different voice. “I wouldn’t say that we were at our best on Saturday even though we won 45-0 but the good sides are the ones that win even when they are not playing that well.”
To complete a successful day for the Wyesiders, Hereford 2nd overwhelmed their Walsall counterparts 72-0, a result that delighted Bullock.
“The seconds really spanked Walsall and that shows we’re not just a one-team club and that’s the way it should be.
“These are exciting times for us.”
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