Esher started with the same intensity and attacking mind-set which had seen them rack up 11 tries in the previous two weeks. It only took 3 minutes for them to register their first try of the game. After 7 phases of play Cameron Gentles was the grateful recipient of Andrew Garner’s short inside pass to run in from 5 metres out after some initial good work by the Esher backline. The conversion was successful by Sam Stanley and Esher led 7-0.
After the restart Esher continued to attack and with the additional kicking option in the centre from Tom Cheeseman they were able to apply pressure and territory. With 9 minutes gone Esher won a penalty at the breakdown and kicked for the corner, the resulting lineout was won by the hard working Ollie Marriott, the drive took the ball to 5 metres out where Andrew Garner spotted an opening. He released Tom Cheeseman who was hauled down just short of the try line, a quickfire pass out from the base of the ruck was collected by Stephen Boatman who stepped off his right foot and scrambled to the line to score. Sam Stanley converted the try and Esher led 14-0 with 10 minutes played.
Hull retaliated with a try of their own just 2 minutes after the restart. From a secure scrum the ball was passed out quickly to their centre who steamed through a gap in the Esher midfield before passing outside to their winger who scorched in from halfway to score under the posts. The conversion was successful and Esher’s lead was reduced to 14-7.
With their try Hull became more confident and were enjoying the lion’s share of possession but failed to change the score line. Esher were next to score; after a stolen lineout in the Hull 22, the ball was passed out to the Sam Stanley who was well tackled by the Hull defence but at the breakdown Hull were penalised. Andrew Garner took the quick tap and ran in from the 22 unopposed. Sam Stanley was unsuccessful with the conversion and Esher led 19-7 with 18 minutes remaining in the first half.
Hull responded well and score their second try through the power of their pack. The ball was initially kicked through and was collected by their winger just inside the 22. After a few pick and goes from around the breakdown they rumbled over so with 10 minutes left in the half the score was 19-14.
Esher went in search of the fourth try and the bonus point, and although Hull’s defence was standing strong they were being penalised at the breakdown. After a kick to the corner Esher set up the driving lineout, it was hauled down before it was able to form, Neil Sweeney picked the ball was the base of the ruck and trudged to just one metre out. Andrew Garner saw space on the blindside and fired the pass to Ollie Marriott who scored in the corner. Sam Stanley helped himself to another 2 points from out wide. At Half Time Esher led 26-14.
Three minutes after the restart Hull was reduced to 14 men as their replacement prop was yellow carded for some more than more than exuberant rucking as he attempted to use Andrew Garner as a step ladder. Esher made good use of this and scored their fifth try. Hull attempted to clear their lines after securing the ball at the scrum but the kick was charged down by Charlie Gossington, the ball bounced kindly for Cameron Gentles to score his second of the game. Sam Stanley continued his good form from the boot and Esher led 33-14 with 30 minutes left in the game.
Esher’s lineout was continuing to work well and was a good platform to attack from and Esher scored their sixth try of the game from this. Although the Hull forwards were able to sack the lineout before a maul could be formed, the ball was popped out to Karl Furey who took the ball into a tackle. Cameron Gentles picked from the base of the ruck and went in search of his third try of the game but he was stopped one metre short. Esher’s replacement hooker Devlin Hope mimicked Cameron Gentles but this time got over the try line to score his first try for Esher. Sam Stanley converted and Esher led 40-14 with 20 minutes left.
Six tries wasn’t enough for Esher and they continued to attack and their seventh of the game was scored by Lloyd Davies. From Hull’s driving lineout Devlin Hope stole the ball and the Hull defence were now on the back foot. Four passes across the backline and 40 metres gained found Esher inside the Hull half, the ball was recycled quickly and Andrew Garner passed to Tom James who had come off his wing, he noticed a gap in the Hull line and he set off, as the Hull fullback came up to make the tackle Tom James passed back to Andrew Garner. From 10 metres out you’d have expected Andrew Garner to score but he was tackled just short. He was able to offload to Lloyd Davies, though, who scored under the posts. Sam Stanley slotted the conversion and Esher led 47-14 with a little over 15 minutes left.
Hull continued to play positively and went in search of their third try. They were rewarded after some further hard work and hard metres gIned by their forwards. The conversion was missed and Esher led 47-19. Hull went in search of a fourth try and a bonus point but the Esher defence held firm despite being reduced to 14 men. The score remained unchanged, Esher won 47-19.
18 tries, 3 games, and 11 points. Up next a huge game up in Blaydon. Come on you EEE’s.
Tries: Cameron Gentles (2), Stephen Boatman, Andrew Garner, Ollie Marriott, Devlin Hope, Lloyd Davies.
Conversions: Sam Stanley (6)
Team: 15 Lloyd Davies; 14 Tom James, 13 Sam Stanley, 12 Tom Cheeseman, 11 Spencer Sutherland; 10 Stephen Boatman, 9 Andrew Garner (capt.); 8 Hugo Seccombe, 7 Charlie Gossington, 6 Tom Yellowlees; 5 Ollie Marriott, 4 Cameron Gentles; 3 Cameron Zeiss, 2 Neil Sweeney, 1 Karl Furey
Reps: 16 Devlin Hope, 17 Cameron Leigh, 18 Liam Edwards, 19 Tom Whitehurst, 20 Joe Beckett