ABBEY made it 12 wins from 12 as they eased to a comfortable Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier Division at
ABBEY made it 12 wins from 12 as they eased to a comfortable Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier Division at Phoenix on Saturday.
The visitors scored 10 tries, with fullback Tom Waterhouse accounting for 29 of his side’s points with a hat-trick of tries and seven conversions.
Abbey took lead when flanker Chris Shaw touched down to the left of the posts after receiving from centre Dylan Baptista. Waterhouse added the conversion.
The visitors then won a strike against the head,and after Sam Hallett had punched a hole in the home defence scrum half Will Bevan fed his halfback partner Tom Bird. The outside half set off on a jinking run to the line, touching down for a try under the posts which Waterhouse converted with ease.
Bevan scored his side’s third try in the27th minute, crossing on the left. Waterhouse was unable to convert.
Pawlett was yellow carded shortly after this, but during his absence Abbey got their bonus point try. Shaw set it up with a 20 metre break scored by number eight Mike Beckly who was making a return to first team action. Waterhouse’s conversion made the score 26-0.
Phoenix handed Abbey a try on a plate through their failure to deal with a loose ball near the try line. Winger Will Handley and Waterhouse both chased strongly as the ball bobbed over the line, with the latter arriving first to claim the score which he again converted.
Shortly after this Phoenix were reduced to 14 men when centre John Winters was yellow carded, and just before the break Abbey got their sixth try when Baptista ran sixty metres to score. Waterhouse missed the conversion as Abbey led 38-0. Abbey had to wait until the 54th minute before scoring their first try after the break when centre Arron Ross made 20 metres and Bird and Baptista combined to send Waterhouse in for his second try which he converted.
Soon after Ross made a run of 70 metres after a tap penalty. This took play deep into the home 22 and when Phoenix were penalised again Sam Hallett powered over under the posts with Waterhouse adding the conversion.
Hooker Martin Collier showed up well for Abbey in the second half, several times winning valuable possession on the ground through his quick, opportunistic dives on the loose ball. He and Sam Hallett were both involved in the build-up to the next Abbey try, another well-crafted score. Replacement back row forward Paul Emery was also prominent in the move, and then Ross made further ground before Baptista scored wide on the left. Waterhouse could not convert this time.
Abbey scored their final try six minutes from the end of normal time when Baptista and Bird again combined well to give Waterhouse his hat trick. The fullback put the icing on the cake by curling over a conversion kick, despite the best efforts of the wind to deny him.