Stockport 2nd XV 5 Hoppers 2nd XV 100
The second team ran in sixteen tries as they overwhelmed Stockport on Saturday afternoon. Encounters between the two sides have historically been close, high-scoring affairs but this was a lop-sided fixture.
From the moment that Hoppers scored their first try in the sixth minute it was clear that Young’s men had a significant advantage. Stockport started well but they were starved of possession and territory as Hoppers took a total stranglehold on the match.
The match was diluted when the Stockport prop departed and the scrummage had to proceed uncontested. Hoppers were still able to create quick, front foot ball and the hosts had no answer to the pace, power and footwork of the blue and white backs.
Young’s men scored some fine tries with young Alex Ward marshalling the back line well and centre Harry Reddick having a hand in most of Hoppers good work. In the forwards the return of Dan Madden and Al Holmes added real power which saw the pack cross the gain line time and time again.
In form Ben Rhodes-Powers bagged a hat-trick for the second week running whilst he was matched by Sam Kendall who enjoyed himself at inside-centre. Sam Kindred and Olly Yates grabbed a brace each with Wardell, Reddick, Proctor, Madden, Gage and Marshall all crossing the whitewash.
Young can be encouraged by his side’s off-loading and lines of running whilst the result certainly boosts morale before next week’s important cup clash against Caldy.