Boston Rugby Club 58 Long Eaton 7: Unbeaten Blue and Whites storm to top of the Midlands 4

Willem Jonker.
Willem Jonker.

Boston Rugby Club went top of the MIdlands 4 East (North) Division courtesy of a perfect 10.

The Blue and Whites began the season on -12 points.

But Saturday’s 58-7 victory over Long Eaton meant Willem Jonker’s side have won their opening 10 fixtures of the campaign, finally overtaking leaders Worksop, who lost 40-23 at Tupton.

On Saturday, it was evident from the outset that both teams wanted to play expansive rugby, writes John Fletcher.

The home team found themselves seven points down after six minutes, when Long Eaton took advantage of a loose ball and ran from half-way to score and convert.

This seemed to galvanise Boston who didn’t look back, turning on the style to lead 30-7 by the interval.

Tom Brooks converted a penalty before player-coach Jonker kicked a drop goal.

A jinking, side stepping 30 yard run by Marc Miles ended with a pop pass to winger Michael Baldwin, who scored in the corner to put Boston in front for the first time.

However, it was a try which saw Bladwin sustain an injury and end his game.

A clearance kick out of defence by Jonker allowed Zeph Chapman to race down the wing and score.

An almost identical situation occurred for Boston’s next score when from a chip over the top by Jonker set Chapman free.

But when he was tugged back, the referee awarded a penalty try, which was duly converted by Brooks.

A training ground move and breakaway allowed Brooks to charge for the line before teeing up his brother Jake, who scored.

Tom then converted to make it 30-7 at the interval.

Boston took time to get going again in the second half, with Long Eaton challenging at the breakdowns and eventually giving away a penalty.

Lee Van Haren received a quickly-taken pass and charged over the whitewash before Tom Brooks kicked Boston into a 37–7 advantage.

Liam Smith found a gap to score the Blue and Whites’ next try.

Ross Noble was the next to score while the final try came from a penalty taken in Boston’s defensive half.

Zac Chapman, not to be out done by his brother, ran beyond two defenders and scored near to the posts with a run half the length of the pitch.

Brooks converted the final three tries as Boston claimed a 58–7 success.

Joint men of the match were Joe Deamer and Ross Noble.

On Saturday, Boston are looking to cement top spot with an away fixture at fellow title chasers Worksop (KO 2.15pm).

BOSTON: Kemp, Wilson, Deamer, Enderby, Stokes, Barnett, Noble, Hughes, Jonker, T. Brooks, Baldwin, J. Brooks, Smith, Ze Chapman, Miles; Replacements: Za Chapman, Sergeant, Van Haren, Phoenix, Lovely.