SLIDESHOW: Plumpton pull off stunning win as they smash up Midhurst in the mud

Plumpton hosted Midhurst at the weekend and pulled of a stunning 19-6 win.

Tries by Charlie Lewis and a brace from Steve Blake, along with two conversions by Lewis Beale sealed the win.

JPCT 810114 Rugby, Plumpton v Midhurst. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 810114 Rugby, Plumpton v Midhurst. Photo by Derek Martin

Midhurst came to Plumpton boasting a strong squad - but not their kit which was left at home.

The game finally kicked off half an hour late, with Midhurst showing no signs of the kit fiasco affecting their rhythm as they attacked Plumpton early on.

It was all Midhurst for the first 20 minutes as Plumpton, playing up the hill, were unable to gain any ground.

Midhurst converted two penalties and were six points up within 20 minutes.

However, Plumpton soon got into their game plan of bullying Midhurst in the forwards. Within the next five minutes the tide had turned, and Plumpton were dominant for the rest of the game.

For the next 55 minutes Plumpton put on their best performance of the season, full of commitment and passion as Midhurst folded under the pressure.

After a series of driving line outs, Plumpton’s set penalty move allowed Charlie Lewis to score a try, extending his try scoring record for the season to nine. Lewis Beale calmly converted from out wide.

The second half saw some of the best rugby Plumpton had played since beating Crawley last season.

Steve Blake came on as No 8 and along with Joe Hodgkiss and Rory Loftus, showed real athletism to run at holes in the Midhurst defence.

Craig “Bull” Wells started putting the Midhurst forwards on the floor with powerful carries, while also giving his opposite loose-head a torrid time in the scrum.

In the backs, Plumpton looked to use the wind advantage as the Beale brothers, Lewis and Rhys, penned Midhurst back in their 22 with pinpoint kicking.

The pace of replacements Dan Sherwin and Charlie Potter caused continuous problems for the tiring Midhurst wingers and the game was effectively won between the 60th and 70th minutes.

First Steve Blake too advantage of a forward drive from the Midhurst 22 to barrel over for a try, before adding a second from a similar position only five minutes later, when Lewis Beale duly adding the extras.

Midhurst played to the end but were unable to get into Plumpton’s half in the final 10 minutes, when the hosts held a perfect defensive wall to ensure Midhurst were unable to score a try.

Man-of-the-Match went to Steve Blake for his brace of tries, along with Rory Loftus, who played at 100mph for the entire 80 minutes to put in an amazing attacking and defensive performance.

This weekend Plumpton play at Newick, k.o 2.15pm, although the fixture may be switched if necessary.

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