A NEAR perfect display from Malvern's in-form Second XV swept aside Old Richians at Spring Lane last Saturday, extending their winning run of games to seven.


From the start it was clear that Malvern's control at scrum and line out, coupled with fine support for their aggressive runners was going to test Old Richians to the full, and after just five minutes a fine move from a tapped penalty opened the visitors defence and D Handy romped through to score under the posts. A Hills, settling in to the recently acquired role of kicker, converted.

Moments later B Lyons showed a clean pair of heels with a break from outside the visitor's 22 to score a fine individual try, converted again by Hills.

The Gloucestershire side responded in determined fashion putting Malvern under pressure. Taking advantage of penalties awarded, they kicked deep into Malvern territory, but M Williams and A McBurney, dominating the line out, stifled any threat.

The second half began with Malvern's forwards totally dominant in all aspects, and chances arrived thick and fast. Good work at the base of the scrum by D Green, allowed M Witcombe to burst through to score in his first outing in almost 12 months. Malvern were now breaking the gain line at will and tries quickly followed for A Burns, N Bruton and M Williams, while Handy and Lyons added one each to their tally. M Witcombe scored a further two to complete a memorable hat-trick and Hills rounded off an accomplished performance with six conversions.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Malvern Seconds are at Spring Lane versus Longton Seconds (2.30).