Bath United registered an impressive 11 try, 77-7 victory over a spirited Royal Navy side in front of a lively crowd at the Rec this evening.
The Navy started brightly with early spells of possession, but it didn't take long for United to find their feet as Rich Lane showed great pace to shirk off four tackles and sprint clear for the line for the score, which Chris Lewis duly converted.
United slowly began to take a strong hold on the match. Nick Koster displayed great strength to break two tackles and dive over the line not long after Lane, with Lewis again adding the extras from in front of the posts to take the score to 14-0 after six minutes.
The scrum was a particularly dominant area for United, and the continued pressure on the Navy line eventually told, allowing United captain, Tom Dunn, to bulldoze his way over to touchdown and set up another straightforward conversion for Lewis. 21-0
Another good scrum by the home side brought about try number four for birthday boy Chris Cook, the scrum-half spotting a small gap in the Navy defence to dive through. Lewis was again on target with the extras, taking the score to 28-0.
The Navy tried to find their feet in the game, but United's dominance at the set-piece and resilience in attack meant they could make little headway.
With half time approaching, another powerful United scrum saw Charlie Beech cross the try-line, ably supported by Dunn, as they drove through the Navy defence from 20 metres out. Lewis continued his good form with the boot.
Determined not to be pushovers, the Navy enjoyed some great phases of play with referee Shane Lewis awarding them a penalty which fly-half Humphrey sent to touch. However, despite the attacking intent from the visitors, an overthrow at the lineout allowed replacement Dan Sargeant to gather the loose ball, and a quick offload then sent the flying Lane clear on a run from the try-line. Great support play from Lewis in the midfield saw the fly-half offload to the supporting centre Oli Evans, who broke free and clear to cross the white-wash for his first try of the evening.
Half-time: Bath United 42 – Royal Navy 0.
United started the second-half in much the same way as they finished the first, with continued attacking flair proving too much for the Navy to defend against. A fine individual effort from Ben Loosmore took the score to 49-0 after another straightforward conversion for Lewis.
Four minutes later, Evans sprinted 50m to notch up his second try of the game, and United's eighth, after great work in the midfield by the forwards forced the turnover. Lewis maintained his 100% record with the boot with the successful conversion. 56-0.
Not to be outdone by the backs, Charlie Ewels shrugged off the Navy tacklers and charged down the touchline. The England U18 lock looked to be in but was bundled into touch five metres out. United continued to exert pressure and another stolen lineout ball led to a good break down the right wing by Rich Lane, who added to the already impressive score line. Lewis was once again on target from the tee, 63-0.
United showed no mercy as Loosmore looked to be heading in for second try following another break from midfield but another excellent covering tackle spared the Navy's blushes, but only for a short time.
Another stolen lineout ball found its way to replacement Jake Oldaker, who barged over from close range. Lewis found himself with another simple kick to take the score to 70-0.
A quieter spell in play brought about a try for the Royal Navy and a big cheer from the crowd at the Rec. Replacement Jack Foster showed a clean pair of heels to weave his way past two defenders and score by the posts following a nice break from "Tuna" Marlin. Tom Davies made no mistake with the conversion, 70-7.
The final say was going to be United's however as Loosmore finally got his second try after some fine individual play by Beer set-up a straight forward finish. Lewis ensured he finished the evening with no misses and added the extra points.
Final score - Bath United 77 - Royal Navy 7.
Bath United: 15. Marcus Beer, 14. Ben Loosmore, 13. Olly Woodburn, 12. Oli Evans, 11. Richard Lane, 10. Chris Lewis, 9. Chris Cook; 1. Charlie Beech, 2. Tom Dunn ( c ), 3. Kane Palma-Newport, 4. Tom Ellis, 5. Charlie Ewels, 6. Freddie Clarke, 7. Will Skuse, 8. Nick Koster.
Replacements: 16. Dan Sargeant, 17. Tom Woolstencroft, 18. Adam Jamieson, 19. Jake Oldaker, 20. James Bloxham, 21. Tim Turner, 22. George Stevenson, 23. Pete Laverick.
Royal Navy: 15. AB T. Davies, 14. Mne G. Welling, 13. ET(ME) S. Davies, 12. Mne M. Tichias, 11. Mne K. Wood, 10. AET J. Humphrey, 9. LPT J. Stephen; 1. POAET J. Court, 2. LA(AH) B. Priddey, 3. Mne J. Terry, 4. Capt RM S. McClaren, 5. AET J. Lamsin, 6. Cpl T. Holliday, 7. Lt RN H. Mitchell-Heggs, 8. LET(WESM) I. Cooper ( c ).
Replacements: 16. Lt Rn E. Gaught, 17. AB C. Davies, 18. NA(AH) K. Beasley, 19. CPOAET S. Thompson, 20. POAET M. Cormack, 21. Mne J. Marlin, 22. LAET O. James, 23. Mne N Huntley, 24. L/Cpl J. Foster.