Newmarket thrash Cantabrigians II 69-0 to maintain unbeaten start in Eastern Counties One West
Newmarket maintained their unbeaten start to the new Eastern Counties One West season with a 69-0 win at home against Cantabrigians II on Saturday.
In a game of mixed fortunes for their younger players, Tom Tallant made his first team debut, Harry Robbins asserted his presence in the team by scoring a hat-trick of tries, but Jack Boyle left the pitch in ambulance with a nasty leg injury.
After a slow start, the hosts started to wake up, and full back Robbins sprinted away to score his debut try for the first team.
Michael Reeves converted the try to take Newmarket into a seven-point lead.
Soon after, Boyle, making his second appearance for the first team, was hit by a no-arms tackle and then by a second hit, which resulted in severe damage to his ankle and leg.
Play stopped immediately and an ambulance called and, with Boyle in the capable hands of Rebecca Holland, the club’s physio, play moved to the second team’s pitch.
Cantabs had one man in the bin and were clearly more affected by the events, as within minutes Harvey Bell touched down, Reeves converting and Newmarket were 14-0 up.
Five minutes before half time, Matt Dyer charged down a Cantabs kick and went on to score a try, which Reeves converted.
Having had a taste for scoring, Robbins hared down the right wing to score Newmarket’s fourth try and secure the bonus point.
Six minutes into the second half, Newmarket’s captain Max Bell touched down, again Reeves converted.
He then converted Dan Johnson’s try, which he had carried out of the back of the pack, as the hosts went 40-0 in front.
On the hour mark, Max Bell gave one of his darting, dancing runs and passed the ball out to Adam Elmer who touched down.
Minutes later, Robbins decided that a debut try was not enough and so scored his hat-trick try.
Harvey Bell charged through to score his second try, before Phil McBride, in his first match this season, decided to join the party and touched down.
Dyer then scored his second and Reeves converted to complete the scoring.
As Boyle left the Scaltback ground in the back of an ambulance, the referee, players and spectators, stopped to give the injured player a round of applause.
It was a fine example of why rugby is a great game and demonstrates great sportsmanship.
Newmarket, who hold a one-point lead at the top of the Eastern Counties One West table over Cottenham Renegades, visit Cambridge III (4th) on Saturday (3pm).