Rugby: Midhurst are no match for perky Plumpton

Tries by Charlie Lewis and Steve Blake (2) plus two conversions by Lewis Beale sealed the win for Plumpton at home to Midhurst in the Sussex Intermediate division.

Midhurst arrived with a strong squad but no kit and the game kicked off half an hour late.

It was all Midhurst for the first 20 minutes, and Plumpton, playing up the hill, were unable to gain any ground. Midhurst converted two penalties and were six points up.

However, Plumpton soon got into their game plan of bullying Midhurst in the forwards. Within five minutes the tide had turned and Plumpton dominated from there on in.

Plumpton put in their best performance of the season and Midhurst folded.

After a series of driving lineouts, Plumpton’s set penalty move allowed Lewis to score a try. Beale calmly converted from out wide.

The second half saw Blake came on at No8 and, with Joe Hodgkiss and Rory Loftus, he showed athleticism to run at holes in the Midhurst defence. Craig Wells started putting the Midhurst forwards on the floor with powerful carries while giving his opposite loose-head a torrid time in the scrum.

In the back row, Plumpton looked to use the wind advantage as Beale brothers Lewis and Rhys pinned Midhurst in their 22 with pinpoint kicking, while the pace of replacements Dan Sherwin and Charlie Potter caused problems for the tiring Midhurst wingers.

The game was effectively won between the 60th and 70th minute as Blake took advantage of a forward drive from the Midhurst 22 to barrel over for a try before adding a second from a similar position five minutes later, converted by Lewis Beale.

Midhurst played to the end but were unable to get into Plumpton’s half in the final ten minutes.

Men of the match were Blake and Rory Loftus.