Near neighbours hand out hammering to YM
RUGBY UNION: Colchester 66 Ipswich YM 0. Ipswich YM were on the receiving end as Colchester started off the new season with a comprehensive 66-0 romp. With influential Colchester players unavailable, it was a chance for fringe men to catch the selectors' eye before the league programme starts.
Colchester 66 Ipswich YM 0
IPSWICH YM were on the receiving end as Colchester started off the new season with a comprehensive 66-0 romp.
With influential Colchester players unavailable, it was a chance for fringe men to catch the selectors' eye before the league programme starts.
Full-back Dan Howson, last season's highest scorer, proved he was in good form scoring a try, a conversion and two penalties in the first 20 minutes to make the score 13-0 to the hosts.
On the half-hour Dan Vipond picked up from the back of the scrum, and drawing the defender popped the ball to scrum-half Guy Hudson who powered over.
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The next score came after fly-half James Gee unleashed a long miss pass to Jon Ward who was brought down just short of the line by the YM defence.
But Pat Duffy dived over after the resulting ruck.
The final try of the opening period came when newcomer Marty Carrahar broke through the YM defence, his well-timed pass allowing Colt Lawrence Tapper to go over in the corner, making the interval score 28-0.
Despite now facing the stiff breeze, Colchester continued to keep the pressure on.
And young lock Jez Castle was next to score after a storming 40-metre run, hooker Matt Adamson converting.
A quickly-taken restart caught Colchester napping and the visitors had a rare excursion into the home side's 22, but a penalty snuffed out their attack.
A second Tapper try was followed by a score from player/coach Tim Grimsey after a well-worked line-out.
Tries by backs Matt Harwood, Carrahar and Richy Robinson completed the scoring, but not before YM had a player sent off for punching.