Colchester run in 11 tries in huge away win

Ollie Pickett surges forward on his way to a hat-trick of tries for Colchester. Picture: MAGGIE WHIT

Ollie Pickett surges forward on his way to a hat-trick of tries for Colchester. Picture: MAGGIE WHITEMAN - Credit: Archant

London 1 North South Woodham Ferrers 7 Colchester 76 Colchester advanced from fourth to third place in the league after an emphatic victory over bottom placed South Woodham Ferrers, running in eleven tries to one, writes Steve Whiteman.

James Crozier was in fine form kicking for Colchester in ther big win. Picture: MAGGIE WHITEMAN

James Crozier was in fine form kicking for Colchester in ther big win. Picture: MAGGIE WHITEMAN - Credit: Archant

Kicker James Crozier was also on good form converting nine of the 11 tries, one of which he scored himself.

Colchester kicked off and soon won a penalty when a Woodham player deliberately knocked the ball on, Crozier converted putting three points on the board after only ten minutes.

Soon after Ollie Pickett ran through the home defence to claim his first try. Colchester then won another lineout and he attacked again, offloading to centre George Liversidge who claimed the Blacks’ second try.

It was now 17-0 with 25 minutes gone. Colchester’s scrum were dominating the set pieces and when the referee awarded them a penalty after a typical surge forward, lock Joe Colcomb piled over the line to bring the lead to 24-0.

Brett Cutbush then linked well with flanker Rob Pickard, who fed Hartley to race in for his first try. Just before half-time he scored again having received a fine pass by fly half Jack White, to make it 38-0 at the break.

Woodham restarted and soon Pickett’s direct running paid off as he scored again..

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Colchester were on a roll now and before long Flexman offloaded a superb mid-tackle pass to wing Shelford Meads who did a delightful, mazy run through the defence to score under the posts. Then fleet-footed Crozier put Wadling over for his first try bring the lead to 57 points.

A lapse of concentration let Woodham’s left wing in for a breakaway try which was converted for 57-7.

But back came Colchester, galvanised by this setback, pressing towards Woodham’s line.

The defence were awarded a scrum but flanker Harrison Pickett tackled their No 9 and Wadling seized the ball to score his second try bringing the score to 62-7.

Colchester were now firing on all cylinders and, as the clock ran down, scored two more tries, firstly by Crozier after a strong run by Rory Miller, and then Ollie Pickett claimed his third just before the full-time whistle blew.

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