LUCS PUT ‘GIANT SLAYERS’ TO THE SWORD
A very efficient Luctonians performance, against a game Chester side, saw the home side record yet another bonus point victory. With another large home crowd roaring on a very disciplined Luctonians side, they outscored their opponents 6 tries to 3 for another 5-point haul.
Lucs were ahead as early as the third minute when Lewis Parkes stretched out after bouncing off a couple of Chester defenders to touch down; Louis Silver converting for a 7-0 lead. And it wasn’t long until the home side added to their tally when full back Josh Watkins danced through for their second score, with Silver again converting (14-0).
Chester battled, and took full advantage of Lucs’ high infringement count; Sam Hayler, for the home side, getting a yellow for foul play on 27 minutes. This allowed them to gain a foothold in the game, when they scored through their standout winger Gethin Long; James Preston converting to reduce the deficit to 7 points on half time (14-7).
Charlie Grimes, for the home side, was very unlucky to see yellow for chasing the restart kick, when he was also penalised for foul play, but the 14 players of Lucs were still able to score at will, when prolific try scorer Ben Link was again driven over on 44 minutes, this for the first of another hat trick of tries; Silver again converting to lead 21-7.
Lucs were now looking like they might score at leisure, despite Chesters defiant defence, and when Mat Hackley, again from a driving maul, twisted through to dot down, Silver again converting, they were 28-7 ahead with the bonus point secured after only 7 minutes of the second half.
Chester however were dogged throughout, and kept the pressure on the home side with plenty of endeavour. Always looking dangerous when they ventured near the Lucs try line, they were duly rewarded when prop Joshua Woods was driven over on 56 minutes to give them a glimmer of hope; Preston again converting to half the deficit at 28-14.
But the league leaders were in no mood to concede this result, and a further two tries from their dynamic hooker Ben Link, both from driving mauls, saw them put the result beyond any doubt, with man of the match Luc’s flyhalf Tom Jones kicking the extras.
There was some consolation for Chester, with Long having the privilege of getting the final score of the match (42-19) and, despite a valiant effort, they were unable to gain a 4th try for a losing bonus point, with the home sides defence holding out with some ease at the end.
Luctonians remain top of Nat2West, and will relish travelling next week to Hornets, while Chester will lick their wounds and regroup for the visit of Bournville.
On our Facebook Page you can check out the live scoreline, with goal-line videos of all the tries, a grandstand view of the tries HERE and view some great pics from Andy Hargraves HERE and Nigel Mee HERE.