Melton RFC Seconds crush Vipers challenge

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The roots for Melton’s victory were put down at Syston last week and even falling behind within five minutes did not deter them.

The pack were dominant in the scrum and stole several lineouts with Wade, at hooker, taking at least five against the head, well supported by his props Kerr and Stewart.

This allowed Melton to play on the front foot and they did so with the backs moving the ball well with the forwards in support. Moore was instrumental as a link between the backs and forwards and assisted in the opening try by Martorano.

The forwards were taking the ball up round the fringes where Greaves, Chambers, Coghill and the colt Jeremiah were superb in breaching the Vipers defence.

Melton ran the ball from anywhere and, following a turnover, Wolley broke and Haywood finished in the corner 70 metres later. Peters converted as he did with the first try of Wood’s hat-trick.

Woods ran wonderful lines for his scores and also to put Underwood in for his first try of a brace as Melton led 26-5 at half-time.

Melton played uphill in the second half and took time to settle, but Freestone kick-started their attacks. Minnear took it on before the ball was moved to the backs where Evans showed his pace and set Wood away to score.

Skipper Greaves used his replacements wisely, adding Broughton and Meakin to the pack, not a welcome sight when 30 points down.

Johnson took over where Chambers left off with some defence-splitting runs, and unloaded for Kempin and Jeremiah to score.

Fittingly, the final try went to Wood to cap a great result.

Melton: Kerr, Wade, Stewart, Martorano, Minnear, Chambers, Greaves, Moore, Haywood, Peters, Underwood, Wolley, Freestone, Evans, Wood. Kempin, Broughton, Meakin, Jeremiah, Johnson, Coghill.