Bonus point win for Amps as the Tigers are Tamed

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The first away fixture of the season saw Ampthill make a first ever visit to Park Lane where they recorded a big win over Sedgley Tigers.

The Amps squad saw debuts from the bench for Kieran Duffin and T J Harris – both on loan from Bedford Blues – and the return of number 8 Maama Molitika having recovered from the arm injury suffered in pre-season.

Sedgely started with a bang, scoring two good tries – one converted – within seven minutes while Ampthill appeared to be unable to cope with the fast pace.

Gradually the visitors came back into the game, resulting in a 22nd minute penalty from fly-half Joseph Tarrant.

On 32 minutes the hosts missed a penalty, and Ampthill immediately swept to the other end where Jonathan Raven touched down. Tarrant converted to leave the score 12-10 at half-time.

The second half belonged to the visitors, with the pack prominent.

In the 42nd minute, right wing Daryl Dyer crossed for his first try, followed five minutes later by another for his wing partner Michael Di Ponio – Tarrant converting the latter.

In between, the home side converted a penalty goal.

With 60 minutes on the clock, Dyer scored his second to secure the bonus point and Tarrant’s conversion took the score to 32-13.

Sedgley scored a consolation converted try but were unable to trouble the scoreboard further, with the introduction of Molitika providing the experience to close out the game.

After being outplayed at first, Amps regrouped, established their patterns and proved that they will be difficult to beat this season.

Director of rugby Mark Lavery said: “It was important to secure the bonus point victory; just as important was denying a very good Sedgley side any points.

“Next week we face another tough game at home to Birmingham & Solihull.”