Lowestoft and Yarmouth lay ghost to rest in nine-try romp

Power play: Action from Lowestoft and Yarmouth's win over Stevenage. Photo: MICK HOWES.

Power play: Action from Lowestoft and Yarmouth's win over Stevenage. Photo: MICK HOWES. - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft & Yarmouth 60 Stevenage 13

For the first time in several weeks, the L&Y team played to their potential and destroyed a tough Stevenage team with a nine-try rout. In the process they laid to rest the ghosts of the encounter earlier in the season when they struggled throughout a poor game which ended being abandoned due to a pitch invasion and costing L&Y a five-point sanction, and a huge blow to morale.

After an even first five minutes, a break by Ben Selby, Myles McAlone and Stuart Moore took play 40m into the Stevenage 22 and forced a lineout. After a catch and drive, Russ Chapman spun the ball to Scott Nelson and the flyhalf dummied his midfield and ran in under the posts for Dave Tiueti to bag his first of seven successful kicks. He and Stevenage fly-half Gareth Lewis traded penalties but it was all L&Y as far as territory was concerned.

After 15 minutes either f McAlone or Tyler Beales should have made it into the right-hand corner, but the position they gained allowed Nelson to quickly take a free kick and he skilfully found Tiueti bursting off his shoulder for a scoring pass. Stevenage missed a penalty, then on the half hour the visitors first foray into the L&Y 22 led to a well worked try for prop Jacob Smith after some great unloading and despite a superb tackle by Matt Howell at full-back.

Chris Howe was causing huge disruption with his counter-rucking and Selby was combining with his back row of Steve Adams, Kristan Taylor Crisp and Marc Thomas to steal any number of turnovers. The feel-good factor was coursing through the L&Y pack and 18-year-old prop Martyn Greenwood was having a noticeable time hitting rucks alongside evergreen lock Russ Wilkinson who, with partner Tom Port, were in combative form.

The crucial two scores were either side of the half-time whistle, with both serving to earn the bonus point and kill off any resistance that Stevenage harboured. Before the break, another Selby steal led to a penalty 40 metres out which Nelson, Tiueti and McAlone took left into the 22, then a quick phase gave Chapman and Nelson the room to send big full-back Howell over in space.

The second half opened with an immediate try for McAlone after Howe stole the ball midfield on the left, Nelson and Tiueti span quickly right and the outside centre evaded a couple of tackles on his way to the right hand corner. Tiueti kicked an amazing touchline conversion then repeated the feat 10 minutes later when Tom Port squeezed into the very corner from the back of a ruck set up by a sizzling break from the Tongan centre and good support from winger Tyler Beales.

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Gareth Lewis scored and converted his own try for Stevenage as the game opened right up and he found space on the shoulder of a break from his lanky flanker, however another break by man-of-the-match Tiueti soon saw L&Y reply when Selby supported excellently for a deserved try.

The best try of the day was reserved to break the half-century and give Stuart Moore his debut score for L&Y firsts in only his second season playing the game. A line-out on the right was driven, then quick ball gave the backs the room for a sweet set move, which saw fizzing passes hit Howell at pace and his long pass allowed the winger to beat two men on a run to the line. With barely 12 minutes to go Selby was yellow carded and then he was followed by Howell both for breakdown offences. L&Y managed two more tries. A Chapman kick-chase forced a five-metre scrum from which Thomas looped around the blind and over in the left corner, then Chapman rounded events off by feeding a break open to Nelson, and after Tiueti took it on, Selby found the scrum half looping round to outpace the cover.

Coach Scott Nelson said: “We have the monkey off our backs now, and although Stevenage are not the best team in the league, they caused us problems before and our attitude and control was superb. If we can have some decent training sessions and keep the mindset, then there is no reason we can’t creep back up the league and cause a few upsets before the end of the season. We have never doubted this team’s ability.”

L&Y: Martyn Greenwood, Ben Selby, Chris Howe, Russ Wilkinson, Tom Port, Kristan Taylor Crisp, Steve Adams, Marc Thomas, Russ Chapman, Scott Nelson, Tyler Beales, Dave Tiueti, Myles McAlone, Stuart Moore, Matt Howell.

Bench: Richard Bristo, Carl Stephenson, Lewis Fox

Tries: Nelson, Tiueti, Howell, McAlone, Port, Selby, Moore, Thomas, Chapman

Cons: Tiueti 6

Pen: Tiueti