SOUTH WALES SCORPIONS 12 OLDHAM 44

Date published: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

WE made it two wins in a row with our eight-try victory romp in Neath last Sunday (July 22) so everyone in the camp was much happier on the long journey home than they have been in certain previous visits to this Welsh outpost.

There was an enforced change in the side because Miles Greenwood couldn’t travel while his wife was expecting to go into labour at any moment, so Chris Murphy moved from left wing to full-back with John Gillam coming into the side on the left flank.

We led 22-6 at half-time and, in total, the tries were scored by Dave Cookson, Paul Smith, Alex Thompson (2), Jamie Dallimore, John Gillam, Chris Murphy and Mark McCully, with Dallimore landing six goals from eight shots.

Jason Boults made his 150th appearance for the club. He said before the game that he wanted it to be a milestone to remember and it was certainly that all right as we played some of our best rugby for several weeks.

Said coach Tony Benson: “It was a good performance, but I’m pleased to get next week off because we then have a tough game up at Barrow.

“We’ve two weeks in which to prepare for it and we  will use the time well. We’ve done well to beat Skolars in now Scorpions in successive games, but we’ll have to step up a level before we go to Barrow.

“The thing I’m happiest about is our improvement. We worked on a few things during the week and then we put them into practice on game day.

“The other good thing was our communication. We were confident, the structure was good and everyone did as they were meant to. We’ve threatened to do well for a while. We did okay last week, but this was even better.

“Dave Cookson is coming on well. He’s not long out of the amateur game and he has been improving week on week. Jamie Dallimore was another who was dangerous whenever he had the ball. I could continue to name names because the whole side did really well.”

Team: Murphy; Foxen, Cookson, McCully, Gillam; Roden, Dallimore; Boults, Clough, Gilchrist, Noone, P Smith, Bentley. Subs: Ward, Thompson, Clarke, D Smith.

Ref: Peter Brooke (Manchester)   Att: 196.