Melton RFC Seconds bite back against Vipers

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Melton avenged their home defeat to Vipers with a tremendous victory earned thanks to greater teamwork.

Their forwards had the upper hand in the tight and loose, especially in the second half when they pressured the Vipers and refused to let them settle.

Clemmons and Farrish consistently turned the home defence with probing kicks, while strong runs by Broughton from full-back gained plenty of ground, and Freeston set the ball up for the forwards to hit the rucks and drive again.

Hayward organised his forwards and made a few sniping runs to keep the defence honest.

From a sustained period of pressure, Cox took the ball forward and Martorano drove again to present quick ball for the backs.

Clemmons threw a double miss-pass to give winger Blagburn plenty of time to gallop over in the corner. Clemmons converted for a 7-0 lead.

Two minutes before half-time the hosts hit back with a breakaway try to make it 7-5.

Coming up the slope in the second half, Melton followed the advice of stand-in skipper Martorano and attacked the side of ruck and mauls. The front row of Kerr, White, Stewart and Evans did so particularly well to allow the back row of Peters, Moore and Cox to gain ground and force penalties.

With the hosts tiring, Melton made good use of a full bench of replacements as Broughton, Attewell, Meakin, O’Reilly and Shouler made a difference. From a five-metre scrum, the pack drove Vipers back and Peters grabbed a try, converted by Clemmons.

From an attacking lineout a driving maul was set with 12 Melton players driving it over for Cox to make it 19-5.

Vipers responded with a late converted try Vipers, but Melton ended the game in attack as Shouler’s clever grubber kick rolled into touch just short of the try line.