Hat-trick for Harry Valentine
Warwickshire Division 3
AEI Rugby RFC 45
Coventry Welsh II RFC 12
AEI welcomed Coventry Welsh II to their Hillmorton Road ground for a Warwickshire League 3 match that in the past has always been a hotly contested battle this game was to be no different.
The game started at a tremendous pace with both teams enjoying the favourable weather conditions for an expansive game.
AEI scored first through fantastic forwards work by Kyle Bowden last week’s man of the match, captain Sam Downs and Sean Fletcher, resulting in the first try of the game grounded by prop Joel Bale.
Bullocking runs from Prop Deane Mayfield for the second week running kept AEI on the front foot and ensured the visitors could not settle.
Once again the hosts’ pack dominated the scrums and in the tight that provided the Backs with a steady platform to exploit the visitors’ lines.
AEI continued to apply pressure. The backs kept zipping the ball around and soon had more points on the board from winger Harry Valentine. Two tries from Dan Curtis and a further two from Harry Valentine to complete his hat-trick and final try from Adam Franklin confirmed that AEI are playing rugby above the level they currently find themselves in.
Rob Bollen converted four and Dan Curtis converted one of his own tries.
Special mention to Sam Downs for his inspirational leadership on the pitch in his first run out as captain. Man of the match could be awarded to any of the squad. Special mention for Joel Bale, Dan Curtis, Paul Eaton, Kyle Bowden but, after much debate, went to Harry Valentine.
# Next week AEI (Rugby) RFC play at their home ground, GEC Park, Lower Hillmorton Road, 3pm kick-off Anyone wanting to play for or support a local grassroots Rugby team is always very welcome, visit www.aeirfc.co.uk for more details.
# We celebrate our 100th season next year. If you have been part of AEI (Rugby) RFC over the years as a player or supporter we would like you to join in the celebrations. To find out more visit www.aeirfc.co.uk.