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Second win in three days as Lichfield RUFC beat Ludlow 49-14

Action from Lichfield v Ludlow. Pic: Sam Baker

Action from Lichfield v Ludlow. Pic: Sam Baker

Lichfield RUFC showed no signs of a hangover from their Staffs Cup victory in midweek as they secured their second victory in three days with a 49-14 home win over Ludlow.

The hosts were well aware of the importance of this clash, as they prepare to face the league’s top two Worcester and Old Halesonians in the coming weeks.

A large crowd were in place to watch a largely subdued first half performance, mixed with sporadic moments of brilliance and all too rare periods of extended possession.

Greg Massey and Will Cotterhill shared four tries in the first 40 minutes as Lichfield wrapped up an early bonus point they scarcely deserved.

Cotterhill’s second was the pick of the bunch, as the scrum half broke from the back of the lineout and beat several defenders to cross under the posts. Ludlow were able to respond with a try of their own, while an inspired kicking display from their number 9 kept them in touch at the break.

The second half was a much better advert for the sort of rugby the Greens are able to produce. Ludlow, valiant competitors throughout, were unable to resist the consistent waves of attack as Lichfield ran in a further five tries.

Aided by a new found forward steel and considerable set piece dominance, the outside backs became pretty rampant.

Paul Maxwell-Keys opened the second half scoring by completing a fine team try, before Greg Massey made the game safe with his third and fourth scores of the day. A tiring Ludlow side were guilty of aimlessly kicking possession away and they simply couldn’t handle the counter attacking speed of full back Massey.

Sandwiched between his two second half efforts, there was one for the forwards union, as Richard Burton controlled the ball at the base of a dominant scrum and scored the try. This was fitting reward for a Lichfield pack that stepped it up in the second period to outmuscle their opponents.

As the game reached the closing stages, Dan Rowlands put the finishing touches to proceedings after running a great support line off the shoulder of Cotterhill.

The final score of 49-14, while being a fair reflection of the difference in class, was perhaps a touch flattering for the hosts who know they will need to be much better to win at Worcester next Saturday.

Lichfield: Craddock, Albutt, Bassett (c), Taylor, Squire, Doubleday, Milner, Burton; Cotterhill, L Massey, J Massey, Maxwell-Keys, Winter, D Rowlands, G Massey. Subs: Machin, Upton and Evans.

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