Sep 24, 2017
Storm serve-up Sunday Roast against Gloucester Utd
Saracens Storm ran in seven unanswered second half tries to race away to a 64-14 ten-try win at Allianz Park in today’s Premiership A League clash.
The Storm crossed for ten tries in an entertaining afternoon of rugby in north London, with half-backs Tom Whiteley and Max Malins both crossing for a brace of tries to add to their opening weekend victory of Bath United at the beginning of Septemeber.
Either half in this free scoring game were polar opposites of one another other. The first half was a real arm wrestle, as a high-spirited and committed Gloucester side went blow for blow with a Storm team that was able to boast the likes of Wallaby bruiser Will Skelton and France hooker Christopher Tolofua in their starting line-up.
The Cherry and Whites were first on the scoreboard, and what a try it was. After winning a penalty deep in their own half with Saracens attacking some quick thinking from Callum Braley caught the Storm on the hop. Braley reminded Saracens fans of his scorching pace that saw him race away for a try in the Aviva Premiership clash between the club’s senior side’s back in 2015, as he raced away to find back rower Jake Polledri in support, who finished off a fine counter attack. Fly-half Carwyn Penny added the extras.
The game’s first score was a treat and Rotimi Segun’s response for Saracens three minutes later was equally impressive. The Sarries Academy wing’s finish is one for the highlight reels and YouTube aficionados. He showed power, pace and balance to hurdle and swerve out of the way Gloucester defenders after Whiteley and Malins combined to give the former England U20s man a sniff of a chance from 40m. It was fine score, but Malins’ conversion attempt drifted wide and the visitors maintained a two-point lead.
Sarries then took the lead, when Malins’ turned from creator to finisher when his supporting run was rewarded after the Storm’s industrious centre pairing of Dom Morris and Nick Tompkins combined in midfield to release the England U20s fly-half. Malins converted to give the Storm the lead.
Gloucester were in determined mood in the first half, and three minutes after conceding they responded with hooker Henry Walker on hand to power over after a break from Penny, who was impressive for the visitors in their first half performance.
With seconds left on the first-half clock the Storm edged themselves back in front, with the influential Joel Conlon powering over for a score. Sarries led 19-14 at the break with the game seemingly in the balance.
Yet the second half did not yield the arm-wrestle many could be forgiven to expect after the first half showing from either side. The Storm were in ruthless mood and ran-in seven unanswered scored to brush aside the Cherry & Whites in a powerful second half display that will please Storm coach’s Kelly Brown and Adam Powell.
After young lock Danny Cutmore disrupted a Gloucester line-out, Jack Nay was able to power over after some sumptuous offloading from Will Skelton and Christopher Tolofua to start the second half rout.
Next up, was Tom Whiteley who was on hand to collect a smart offload from Ben Earl from 40m out. The livewire Whiteley showed his impressive acceleration to out run the Gloucester cover, Malins converted.
Matt Gallagher then produced a powerful, committed effort to score, as Whiteley added his second of the game before replacement Rueben Bird-Tulloch finished off a great move that included a wonderful Dominic Morris assist to bring up the Storm’s half-century.
Replacement back-rower Sione Vailanu, who was impressive in the No20 jersey after he replaced Will Skelton on the hour, was next to cross the whitewash before Max Malins rounded off an impressive win for the Storm with his second and his side’s tenth of the afternoon.
Next up for the Storm is a fixture on Monday 2nd October away to Harlequins A at The Stoop
Saracens Storm: 15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Nick Tompkins, 12 Dom Morris (Sean Reffell 71’). 11 Rotimi Segun (Rueben Bird-Tulloch 30’), 10 Max Malins, 9 Tom Whiteley (Al Gliksten 71’); 1 Richard Barrington (Ralph Adams-Hale 54’), 2 Christopher Tolofua (Scott Spurling 59’), 3 Kieran Lonbottom (Billy Walker 62’), 4 Danny Cutmore, 5 Will Skelton (Sione Vailanu 59’), 6 Jack Nay, 7 Joel Conlon, 8 Ben Earl (Anthony Maka 71’).
Tries: Rotimi Segun, Max Malins (x2), Joel Conlon, Jack Nay, Tom Whietely (x2), Matt Gallagher, Rueben Bird-Tulloch, Sione Vailanu
Conversions: Max Malins 7/10
Gloucester United: 15 Ed Coulson, 14. Alex Ducker, 13. Ed Bogue, 12. Elliott Creed, 11. Mason Tonks, 10. Carwyn Penny, 9. Callum Braley; 1. Cameron Orr, 2. Henry Walker, 3. Ciaran Knight; 4. Charlie Beckett (c), 5. Tom Denton, 6. Jake Polledri, 7. Aaron Hinkley, 8. Will Safe
Replacements 16 Joe Mullis, 17. Alex Seville, 18. Jack Bartlett; 19. Andy Cramond, 20. Joe Dancer, 21. Charlie Chapman, 22. Reece Dunn, 23. TBC
Tries: Jake Polledri, Henry Walker
Conversions: Carwyn Penny