Classy Tring cruise past Basingstoke with first half blitz


TringRugby added five points to their league tally as a first half demolition of Basingstoke led to a 21-7 win.

Playing away under lights, Tring were quickly into their stride and the returning Nathan Lambden touched down to open the scoring with a converted try after five minutes.

MCHG 12-837  Tring Rugby versus Barnes.'Tom Newton.

MCHG 12-837 Tring Rugby versus Barnes.'Tom Newton.

Zak Michalski continued his early season form to outpace the Basingstoke defence after a deft grubber kick from Will Mitchell.

Giving the Basingstoke number 12 a 10-yard start, Michalski caught and overtook the defence to gather and dive over the line. With Will Mitchell converting, Tring found themselves 14-0 up within 10 minutes.

The class and pace of the Tring backs was beginning to tell and, after several forward forays, Tom Newton kicked to the opposite wing where Sam Barnes gathered to finish off an exquisite try. Again Mitchell converted to make it 21-0 at half-time.

Basingstoke did their best to breach the Tring defence after the break, but a series of passing and handling mistakes let them down.

The Tring defence stood firm but skipper Mike March succumbed to the bin for a repeat offence.

While down to 14 men, Tring produced another quality try from open play as Newton gathered the ball in his own half and set off on a run jinking past several defenders.

Michalski took up the running to dance past several defenders and feed number 8 Lawrence Tauasosi to finish the move off. Mitchell converted from under the posts and the bonus point was secured.

Basingstoke eventually managed to bag a consolation try but the game was over.

Saturday sees the visit of Guernsey to Cow Lane for a 2pm kick-off.