By Jamie Arrowsmith 28/03 Updated: 28/03 11:38
Vipers 0 Lutterworth 30
Midlands Two East (South)
LUTTERWORTH quickly bounced back from the disappointment of last week’s cup defeat at Stoke with a fine display to ease to victory at Vipers on Saturday.
The visiting forwards dominated from the start as one of Vipers’ props popped a rib in the second scrum and their hooker was injured after 30 minutes.
Although two of their front row forwards were now substituted and the scrums went uncontested, Vipers were permitted to keep 15 men on the field. But Lutterworth did not mind as the game was only ever going one way.
Lutterworth demolished Vipers’ scrums in the early minutes but were not getting tidy ball away as the home side kept their defensive line intact.
Knock-ons and forward passes were the order of the day to start with but it was only a matter of time before the home defence was breached.
Both sides were kicking for distance and full backs were catching well and running ball back into the fierce midfield battle which Lutterworth were slowly winning.
Lutterworth’s forwards also had energy in the loose as hooker Warren Tebb and captain Richard Jones made ground from stolen line-out ball by flanker Charlie Turner.
Vipers were also keen and ran ball deep into Lutterworth’s half but the visitors were confidently running ball back in-hand, inter-passing on and off the ground, finding the home side back line encroaching numerous times.
Silly mistakes and a stubborn defence were the only things keeping Lutterworth from scoring but patience and endeavour finally saw Robin Eager pass behind the back of his tackler into the hands of winger Brad Pell who stormed down the left wing, drew his defender and passed into the secure hands of the ever present Joe Sullivan to open the scoring.
Minutes later and with their tails high, Lutterworth attacked hard from a line-out through number eight Ben Husthwaite before centre Tom Goldsworthy drew the defence and set up ruck ball.
Four times Lutterworth passed to hand across the field and reset a ruck, each time inching nearer to Vipers’ line until scrum half James Lloyd fed Charlie Turner to crash over for Lutterworth’s second try and a 10-0 half time lead.
Eager kicked a penalty shortly after the restart to stretch the lead by three points and Lutterworth went straight on the attack again from the restart and after a number of phases, Tom Goldsworthy scored a converted try in the corner.
Pell collected the next try after good work from Turner and Sullivan and the scoring was completed when Tom Hooper went over in the closing stages.
Lutterworth travel to Market Harborough on Saturday and the 2nds make the same journey for their Leicestershire Premier League game.
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