Relentless Holt fall just short of the magic century

Holt recorded one of the biggest wins in their history at the weekend when they beat Division One strugglers Haverhill 97-0.

Holt were quickly onto the attack and were rewarded with a try from Robson after three minutes, which Allen converted.

By playing a wide expansive game, Holt were putting the visitors under all kinds of pressure, with three tries then coming in the space of five minutes, Mears scoring two of them and Jarry-Ryan the other, all being converted by Allen.

There was a lull in the scoring before home pressure was rewarded by three more tries in the space of six minutes through Wright, Jarry-Ryan and Girling and with Allen converting the first two, the lead had leapt up to 47-0 by the break.

After Haverhill had missed the chance to score a consolation try at the start of the second half Holt became relentless in their pursuit for more tries and their supporters were not to be disappointed. Mears added another try and then that seasoned veteran Daniels made sure he was among the scorers. Further tries came from Hield and Jarry-Ryan, using his speed to good effect, who scored three more and with Allen converting four out of the six, the score moved on to 85-0.

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The magic century was not to be, although Mears scored a converted try with two minutes left, bringing the total to 92-0. Rumsby finished off the rout in the dying seconds.

Crusaders travelled to leaders Stowmarket without full-back Mark Keysell, who will be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, scrum-half Robert Loone and kicker Paul Robinson, and put in a good effort before losing 32-5.

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Crusaders made an impressive start but this was undone in a mad 10 minutes before half-time as strong running by Stowmarket's back line and some indifferent tackling gave the home side a 17-0 lead.

Stowmarket increased their lead early in the second half before Crusaders replied with the best try of the match when the ball was sent the width of the pitch and a relentless pounding of the Stowmarket line was rewarded with a Ross Nichols try. Stowmarket had the last word when two further mix-ups in the Crusaders 22 gifted them two further tries. Ryan Harris and Peter Blinkhorn, along with Crusaders pack, can be pleased with their performances.

West Norfolk continue to go well in third place, keeping the pressure on Stowmarket and Cantabrigian above them with an impressive 43-5 victory over Woodbridge.

The hosts scored three tries in each half, with Alex Singleton scoring two of them and Paul Allen, Ross Biggs, Craig Edwards and Sean Brundle also touching down. Ed Maule converted five of the tries and also kicked a penalty.

There was a significant result in Division Two where Broadland beat previously unbeaten league leaders Ipswich YM 20-13 to take over at the top of the table.

Dereham beat bottom side Mildenhall Eagles 22-5, with Rayner, Leeder and Edwards getting the tries.

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