Amps run riot in Hull with a thumping win

Darrell Dyer was on the scoresheet for Ampthill
Darrell Dyer was on the scoresheet for Ampthill

Ampthill travelled to Hull for yet another first ever fixture between the clubs and earned an impressive victory on a crisp, grey morning which provided perfect conditions for running rugby.

The Ampthill squad saw one change in the pack, two in the backs and three on the bench as they looked to continue their excellent campaign to date.

Hull, who were missing several players due to injury, were no match for the visitors despite a competitive and determined performance throughout the full 80 minutes.

Ampthill scored five tries in the first half and second in the second as they ran riot against their depleted hosts.

The away side came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders, crossing the whitewash three times within a quarter of an hour through centre Jonathan Raven and openside flanker Joseph Bercis (2), with fly-half Joseph Tarrant converting two of the scores.

The next 20 minutes saw Hull have their best period of the game, forcing Ampthill deep into their own half for a series of 5m scrums, lineouts and multiple phases.

But the Ampthill defence was solid, conceding only a 27th minute penalty goal as they stood firm in the face of the sustained pressure from their hosts.

And it was Ampthill who struck again to extend their lead after 30 minutes when left wing and man of the match Gareth Clarke added the bonus point try after lock Paino Hehea had provided the goal line offload having charged from outside the 22.

Bercis sealed his hat-trick with 38 minutes on the clock, and Tarrant converting the score to leave the score 31-3 to Ampthill at the half-time interval.

The second half saw unstoppable Ampthill add further tries through replacement scrum-half Kieran Duffin, Tarrant, right wing Darrell Dyer, lock Joshua Tyler – his first for the first XV – prop Joseph Sproston and Clarke, with Tarrant converting three of these.

An understandably delighted Ampthill head coach Paul Turner said: “This was a fine performance in which we were precise and accurate with few unforced errors.

“Hull were a good side who had us on the back foot for 20 minutes in the first half and who never gave up.”