London 3 North: Stowmarket 59 Clacton 9
- Credit: Archant
Nine tries from eight different scorers yielded a comprehensive victory for a resurgent Stowmarket side.
They needed a good win to build on the victory two weeks ago and a rather lacklustre Clacton were perfectly amenable visitors.
From the start, Stowmarket dominated the scrum, line-out and contact area and, within 10 minutes, had the first two scores. That was the game won as Clacton showed little in reply.
There were important issues to be worked on though and Dan Garrard was again impressive at the crucial fly-half position.
He has the speed to hit a gap and a good pass but with every performance his game awareness is improving.
With Bob Burch back at inside centre he also has a valuable outlet for a crash ball if needed. This axis in key positions gives Stowmarket a stability that they lacked in the early weeks of the season.
There is a belief within the team that free running, attacking rugby will win games, and it will, but only after the hard grunt has been done up front first. That is why another good performance from Nik Kegge and a good toiling shift from the ever-green Anthony Crowe augurs well for the run in to Christmas. The front row did the troglodyte work, the forwards worked as a cohesive unit and the team looked composed. The key will be to do likewise against much better opponents.