RUGBY UNION - Harbury romp to club-record win after scoring 105 points in Kings Norton whitewash - The Leamington Observer

RUGBY UNION - Harbury romp to club-record win after scoring 105 points in Kings Norton whitewash

Aaron Sutcliffe 21st Feb, 2024 Updated: 22nd Feb, 2024   0

HARBURY RFC kept themselves firmly in the title mix with an astonishing club-record 105-0 victory away at Kings Norton.

The visitors ran in 17 tries as Ricky Alford crossed four times, both Ciaran O’Connor and Toby Whelan dotted down hat-tricks and Rory Pond touched down twice.

Further tries came from Gaz Evans, Jason Wood, Will Higgins, Harry Holland and Josh Biggs while Alford kicked 10 conversions at Hopwood Park.

The result means Harbury remain second in the Counties 3 Midlands West (South) table, nine points behind leaders Stoke Old Boys with two games in-hand.

Harbury made the perfect start as O’Connor scored the game’s first try inside the opening minute before Evans crashed over from close range.

And O’Connor scored his second try from a midfield scrum as he glided under the sticks before Alford crossed for his first try of the game in the corner as Harbury secured a bonus point inside 20 minutes.

The tries continued to flow for the away side when Wood touched down following a well-worked lineout move before Higgins ran an excellent line to score and Pond made it try number seven before the half-hour mark.

Alford then scored two near-identical tries before the interval to complete a first-half hat-trick as Harbury went into the break with a remarkable 57-point lead.

The visitors picked up where they left off after the break as Whelan scored a walk-in try before Pond crossed for his second try under the posts from Holland’s simple pass.

And Pond then produced an excellent cross-field kick for Whelan to gather and score his second try as Holland added his name to the scoresheet with a classic pick and go from close range.

Full-back Alford scored his fourth try of the game before Whelan completed a hat-trick of his own soon after following a chip and chase.

And O’Connor was next to cross for his hat-trick try before Holland selflessly passed to coach Biggs when already over the try line as the latter scored his first try for almost a decade.

That try sent Harbury past the 100-point mark while Alford’s successful conversion meant he finished the game with a 40-point individual haul.

Harbury are next in action at home to Pinley on Saturday, February 24 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Waterloo Fields.

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