Edwardians 6 Evesham 26
Midlands Senior Vase round three
EVESHAM got their tactics spot on as they triumphed at Solihull-based Edwardians on Saturday to move into the last eight.
As we head deeper into November, the conditions are deteriorating, which proves difficult for fast and expansive rugby.
Nevertheless, Evesham intended to stretch their opponents around the park, sending their big ball carriers into the heart of the home side’s defensive line.
This tactic proved fruitful as Evesham had plenty of attacking options and caused Edwardians some real trouble.
Following a good start and early pressure, Sam Hopkins slotted over two first half penalties for the visitors.
However, despite looking dangerous, no further damage was done to the hosts and they kicked three points of their own to reach the break 6-3 down.
Positivity in the second half performance was the Evesham message at half time and, looking to play more of the same rugby in the next period, Evesham were confident they could outplay Edwardians.
With the game in the balance until the 50-minute mark, it was evident the first score would prove vital and it went Evesham’s way.
After captain Nathan Chambers and fly half Mike Harris combined, Sam Hopkins was put through a gap in defence and he continued to round the full back for the try.
Left to chase the game, Edwardians were forced to attack from deep, and good defence and turnovers allowed Hopkins to punish further home mistakes to score two more penalties.
Late in the game, tight head prop James Roberts crossed through good continuity and handling from the travelling side’s pack and Hopkins duly converted.
Evesham will now await the quarter-final draw.
The Avonsiders are back in Midlands Three West (South) action on Saturday when they visit Old Coventrians.