Horncastle 10 Boston Rugby Club 78: Brooks and Baldwin grab hat-tricks in crushing victory

Joe Deamer.
Joe Deamer.

Boston Rugby Club made it six straightwins in the Midlands 4 East (North) with a 12-try demolition of Horncastle on Saturday.

The 78-10 victory was their highest points tally of the campaign so far, and with the bonus point picked up they moved to sixth in the table.

Not bad for a side who began the campaign on -12 points.

A number of personal records were reached in Horncastle, with fly half Tom Brooks amassing 33 points, including a hat trick of tries, and winger Michael Baldwin also touching down three times.

With several players injured or unavailable due to work commitments, the forwards welcomed back Lee Van Haren (second row) and Wayne Barnett (back row).

Boston signalled their intent from the start, taking only two minutes to score their first try through prop Alex Kemp.

A conceded penalty after five minutes would see Horncastle reduce the arrears to 5–3.

From this point onwards the direction of play was all in Horncastle’s half.

A line out steal by Sean Hughes saw Brooks make a clean line break to score his first try, which he duly converted.

In the next 20 minutes there would be five further tries, through Michael Baldwin (two), Zeph Chapman, Ross Noble, and Tom Brooks.

The most pleasing to the watching spectators would be winger Baldwin’s second, which was a flowing backs move, to enable Baldwin to score near the posts. At half time the score was 45–3.

The second half would flow a similar pattern.

Centre Jake Brooks opened the scoring before Horncastle scored another try.

But straight from the re-start, Baldwin secured his hat-trick as the ball bounced away from the hosts’ players, allowing him to sprint clear.

After Tom Brooks added a further seven points, Jo Deamer and Billy Wilson both recorded tries.

On Saturday, Boston travel to St Ives for the third round of the Midland Cup (KO 2.15pm).

BOSTON: Kemp, Wilson, Deamer, Lane, Van Haren, Noble, Barnett, Hughes, Jonker, T. Brooks, Ze Chapman, J. Brooks, Smith, Baldwin, Za Chapman; Replacements: Lloyd, Pearce, Loveley.