HARBURY maintained their 100 per cent winning start to the new Midlands 4 West (South) season thanks to a hard-fought 49-29 home victory over Kings Norton.
After just 25 minutes Harbury had secured a bonus point and scored four tries to lead 22-0 and they owed this to quick ball from the sets out to their backs who moved the ball and created the gaps to commence the scoring.
The hosts went ahead when a lineout was won and a surging breakout by forward Dan Taylor, who enjoyed an excellent match, set up the opportunity for an early score in the corner.
Another well worked try through the backs provided an opportunity for Steve Alford to use his pace and touch down and over the next ten minutes Harbury added two more tries in quick succession to extend their lead.
Kings Norton although shell shocked gathered themselves together and moved the ball through their forwards to score a well worked try which was converted.
But Harbury responded with another try and some fine play by scrum half and skipper Luke Dunne, whose probing kicks, sure fire passing and general excellent and inspiring play round the field helped to create a try before the break, which was converted for a 29-7 at half-time.
The visitors refused to lay down the towel and determined play to them score three tries which brought them back to within ten points of Harbury. A string of changes by the hosts followed as the second half broke the continuity of the first, although the principal reason was the failure of personal discipline at the breakdown, with players not listening to the referee’s warnings.
Time and again Harbury conceded field position allowing their opponents to present a real threat of an upset despite their lead.
Once again though Harbury responded with two quick tries to pull themselves 20 points clear.
Kings Norton took advantage of their opportunities when came and forced their way over for another score.
However, the impressive Taylor used his strength and pace to retain the advantage with a fine try before the visitors scored again to score a fifth.
A forceful run by the Harbury backs was stopped five metres short and at the breakdown KN were forced into an error and Harbury took a five metre scrum, with the forwards powering over in the corner and the touchdown rightly claimed by Ian Kimberley.
Harbury are away to Brackley in the first round of the RFU Junior Vase on Saturday. The club are also on the lookout for new players for both the first and second team squads.
Training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at Harbury RFC, Waterloo Fields in Middle Road.