HEREFORD RFC conquered the wind conditions scoring five first half tries in a 38-12 win over local rivals Malvern.

Lewis Jordan, Cal Brayshaw, Tom Ewins, Ewan Duncan and Gareth Jones all cross the whitewash before the break for the hosts holding a 35-0 lead at half-time before seeing out the second half.

Head coach, Scott Sturdy said: “After what seems like a lifetime away from the club with Covid, a wedding and a broken leg, I was very pleased to get back onto the touchline and to see such a great performance from the lads.

"It’s great to see the things we work on in training translated into a really good performance today.

"We played with the strong wind in the first half and knew we would need to rack up a good lead by half-time to be able to see ourselves through in the second half.

"We played really good rugby in the first 40 minutes, born out of good shape, good running lines, extremely good forwards, some lovely off-loading play and fantastic control and leadership.

"I was a very competent second half performance against a strong wind, we showed some good grit and some great defence."

Within 15 minutes the Wyesiders opened their account, a penalty to touch in the corner was followed by a drive towards the line and Jordan crossed the whitewash.

Brayshaw's jinking run then beat the Malvern defence for an individualist try under the posts.

Ewins followed up a dive on the ball for the third before following a lineout, Duncan dotting down in the corner to seal a bonus point.

Finally a break by a break by Jones resulted in a try under the posts. Cal Brayshaw completed a full house of conversions.