Roaring start as Ampthill tame Lions with ruthless first half blitz

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Ampthill welcomed Leicester Lions to Olney Field on a fine, dry day and made the most of the conditions with an emphatic 66-7 win.

The Amps squad saw just one change in the backs and three on the bench from where Richard Bussey made his first XV league debut.

Amps came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders , scoring the first try in the second minute, and by the 23rd minute the bonus point try had been secured.

The 35th minute saw the seventh try, with fly-half Joseph Tarrant converting six – several of which were from wide out.

With Ampthill pressing for another try in the last minute of the half, Lions scored a consolation length of the field converted try – leaving the score 47-7 at half time.

The second half saw the hosts’ level drop, perhaps understandably, but they still scored three further tries without reply, Tarrant converting two.

Tries were scored by captain Viliami Ma’asi, Joseph Tarrant, Daryl Dyer, Joseph Sproston, Joseph Bercis, Michael Di Ponio, Matthew Burke and scrum-half Gavin Williams.

Director of Rugby Mark Lavery said: “It was a very acceptable first 40 minutes; our defensive organisation is improving week on week.

“We’ll know where we are next week after our away game against Sedgley Park.”