Rugby round-up: Five-star Marston runs Mansfield ragged

ONs scrap it out at Mansfield in their Midlands 1 East clash on Saturday (pictures: Glynn Hughes)
ONs scrap it out at Mansfield in their Midlands 1 East clash on Saturday (pictures: Glynn Hughes)

Joe Marston scored five tries against Mansfield as his short stay with the ONs nears its end.

Marston is off to Australia shortly and may meet up in Melbourne with Will Kingston, the last ONs player to achieve this feat in the 2009-10 season, also against Mansfield at their Eakring Road ground.

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Fourteen points in the opening five minutes and 14 in the closing five gave the scoreboard a misleading look as the ONs stuttered to a 45-18 bonus-point victory at Mansfield on Saturday.

Dan Hartman and Dan Napier also went over for tries, with Tom Goodman converting five of them.

Newbury Blues 18 Towcestrians 25

On Saturday Tows looked for some consistency in the season as they travelled to Newbury.

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Tows started well dominating the early territory, the pressure told when Tom George charged down an attempted box kick to calmly pick up and score.

The lead was increased after a couple of penalties going against the home team, Kieran Frost going over in the corner.

The game was then turned on its head when experienced second row Chris Kirby received a yellow card.

Newbury sprang into action, fly half Richie West selling the dummy to score a converted try under the posts.

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Kirby’s return saw him score Tows’ third. West then came back with a penalty to finish the half.

Tows’ second half did not go to plan at first, Falvey missing a penalty. Newbury then had a go and West converted well.

Falvey then had a second chance, of which he slotted after Blues conceded the second yellow of the game.

The game was in the balance, West showed great vision to place a pinpoint kick in the hands of winger Futcher who scored in the corner to level the scores.

Tows forwards then new that they had to up the intensity, driving the ball into the Blues 22 and after another yellow card the home team 
found it difficult to defend against Tows’ colossal line out drive.

Replacement Callum Jones scored the winning try, converted by Falvey.

Tows colts moved into the semi-finals of the Oceanic Cup with a win over Old Scouts.

Peterborough 15 Old Scouts 15

Table-toppers Scouts managed to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat away at lowly Peterborough in an unattractive encounter.

The hosts were definitely up for a contest in an attempt to claw themselves away from the relegation and were straight on the attack.

Scouts managed to quell the early advances but were caught leaden footed when a Boro player sliced through at an angle through a frozen defence for an unconverted score. The visitors woke up for a while and gradually got into the ascendancy with two Adam Frost penalties but were being prevented from playing their preferred style of play and were brought back several times by the referee.

Just before the break Boro retook the lead with their second unconverted try of the half.

Two minutes into the second half Frost narrowed the deficit to one point with his third penalty of the afternoon.

Scouts were defending well but a flurry of yellow cards and injuries ensured both sides were disrupted although Boro were persistently attacking with no reward.

A third unconverted try for the hosts put them into a six point lead and they even spurned a penalty in front of the posts in an attempt to get a try bonus point.

This tactic arguably cost them the game as a rare Scouts attack resulted in a Frost penalty and Scouts eventually started to believe in themselves.

In was then their turn to ignore a simple penalty in a quest to gain victory but eventually settled for a draw with Frost kicking his fifth penalty close to time. Scouts did have time for one more attack but the dejected home defence held firm.

Scouts IIs narrowly lost 22-24 at home to Peterborough’s second string whilst the colts also lost away at Towcestrians.

Daventry 16 Casuals 10

For the second week running Daventry edged a close encounter this time seeing off Casuals.

Daventry started well, their pods functioned nicely and their ball carriers crossed the gain line at ease but Casuals defended well and after a period of possession on the Casuals line the Blacks conceded a penalty allowing Casuals to clear their lines.

Soon after the home side were rewarded with a penalty which was slotted by Bradley Wardell. This was a battle of attrition and the Blacks were winning the battle in the scrum and at maul time however the link between backs and forwards was missing.

When the likes of Jake O’Keife, Jack Gwilliam and Jake Sanderson got the ball though they did look a threat.

The power game got its just rewards though when James Heath was driven over 
following a clean take from Toby Williams.

Casuals came back into the game well though.

Their N0.8 caused problems and they were quite structured in their attacks.

They were rewarded with a try before half time to make it 8-5 at the break.

The Blacks continued to struggle for fluency in the second half but still had the edge up front and a Wardell penalty and a second try for Heath stretched the lead to 16-5. Despite a late score from Casuals, it was another win for the home side who have now climbed to seventh in Midlands Three East South.

Long Buckby 41 Northampton BBOB 15

Not even the appearance of ex-Saints player and academy coach Paul Diggin could inspire the bb to take anything from their game at Long Buckby.

Diggin, a guest of Piggy Powell at Buckby’s vip day took his place on the bb bench, looking for a quiet afternoon, but there was no such luck.

The defeat leaves bb in danger of a successive relegation.

They take a break from league rugby next week to host Towcestrians in the Lewis Shield.

Heathens 32 Vauxhall Motors 17

SAM Berry scored two tries in the opening five minutes to lead Heathens to a Merit Table victory over Vauxhall Motors at the Racecourse.

Vauxhall Motors commendably made the trip from Luton with only 12 players.

Heathens made up the numbers including front row players to ensure that the match was played with contested scrums.

Heathens’ other tries came from Pete Evans, Simon Smith, John Marlow and Ash Brown. Brown converted one of the tries.