Lee kicks up in 15-try romp for Thirds
11:02am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
BARRY 3rd XV 105pts
WHITCHURCH II 0
MAKING their bow in the Cardiff & District League Division 2, the Barry Rugby Club Thirds welcomed the Whitchurch 2nd XV on a fine September afternoon.
The management team of Ken Chow and Chris Prosser handed a debut to Nick Thomas in the second row, and recalled Craig Noble at scrum-half for his first start in eight years. Josh Cabot made his first appearance in the match day squad, whilst Nick Rolfe returned as captain.
With the elements and slope behind the home side, they knew that it was vital that they got off to a good start. With the management’s instructions for an aggressive approach in the contact area still ringing in their ears, the players got stuck in right from the off, and the visitors had no answer to Barry’s power and know-how.
Noble was the first to benefit as he cut through to register Barry’s first points. Adam Lee converted the try; it was not going to be his last.
The floodgates, so often threatening to open but usually slammed shut, were blasted from their hinges as wave after wave of Barry attack yielded tries by the bucketful. Fly-half Ryan Corrigan was the next on the scoresheet, utilising his elusive running skills to score under the posts. Lee’s conversion was a formality.
Corrigan was making hay against a disorganised defence, and his distribution to his fellow backs, whether via boot or hand, was at its devastating best. Noble was proving unplayable at scrum half, whilst the scrum was destroying their opposition counterparts.
The bonus point was tied up after less than 20 minutes as Corrigan and Noble both notched a brace, with Lee converting both before adding tries to his own name.
Last season’s player-of-the-season Lloyd Jones scored his obligatory try before half time, whilst recalled centre Michael Avaient also joined the party by grounding between the posts. At half time the game was all but over for the visitors.
To their credit, Whitchurch did not throw in the towel and tried to rally with commitment in the tackle area despite the one-sided nature of the game. In the period immediately after the restart, Barry found tries harder to come by.
The floodgates eventually had to reopen and Corrigan completed his hat-trick before Mike Jones got into the act, rewarded with two tries with his fine support play. Glenn Griffiths also touched down to register his first try since his return to Barry colours, with substitute Tony Jenkins also scoring before the end.
Lee maintained his perfect record with his boot by converting all 15 tries to bring the score to an astounding 105-0 to the hosts.
Barry 3rd XV will look to continue their momentum as they travel to Cardiff Saracens next weekend, whilst the 2nd XV open their league campaign at home to Cardiff HSOB 2nd XV.
Tries: Corrigan (four), Noble, Lee, M Jones and Avaient (two each), L Jones, Griffiths and Jenkins. Cons: Lee (15).
BARRY: Bailey; Griffiths, Lee, Avaient, Evans; Noble, Corrigan; Corne, Turnbull, Lundy; Westall, Thomas; M Jones, L Jones and Rolfe (c). Replacements: Ring, Cabot, Hall and Jenkins. Man-of-the-match: Noble.