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Cavaliers end season in some style

Cavaliers end season in some style

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BASINGSTOKE Cavaliers ended their season in fine style with a stunning 91-0 victory over visiting Eastleigh III.

The tone of the game was set from the start, as Toby Fryer broke through within the first five minutes and went on a massive 40-metre run, only to be pulled down inches short.

After good support and a quick ruck, Brent Evans dived over under the posts to secure Basingstoke’s first points of the match.

’Stoke carried on and continued to pile on the pressure right from the kick-off.

This was soon rewarded as further line breaks from Fryer and Evans saw skipper Daniel Lewis go over.

After a set move from a line-out, centre Fryer crashed his way in for his own try.

This was followed by some lovely handling by both backs and forwards, which gave Dave Wheeler the chance to sprint down the touchline and score Basingstoke’s fourth try.

The home side continued to dominate and a fantastic driving maul saw Joe Smith score in the corner.

Man-of-the-match Chris Williams also crossed the line after a lovely counter attack from full-back Gareth Hubbard, on his senior debut, as by half-time the home side led 48-0.

After the break, Richard Kiernan went on a mazy run and stepped around the full-back to score.

Sion Hughes then grabbed a converted try to add to his four conversions in the first half.

Two other players to make their senior debuts were Arron Hood, who had a solid performance in the second row, while Glen Serfracica, came on in the second-half at centre for Fryer and made an immediate impact with some brilliant offloads.

Both capped off their debut games with tries. Hood crossed over in the corner after another dominant lineout and drive, while Serfracica broke through the back line and scored.

Basingstoke finished the game with 15 tries, as Evans and Fryer both collected a hat-trick and Kiernan grabbed a brace.

Coach Steve Love said: “I am delighted with the win as earlier in the season in the reverse fixture it was a narrow win for us.

“To put out almost the same side, shows the improvement and progression we’ve made this season.”

Basingstoke fifths had a great season, notching up a good number of wins.

It is the first time in 20 years that Basingstoke RFC has put out five sides, which is a great achievement and testament to the growth of the club under director of rugby James Croker.

Unfortunately, the team finished their campaign with a tough fixture away at Farnborough II and despite working hard for the full 80 minutes, they lost 51-0.

Basingstoke Blue Squad head coach Steve Parker said: “It has been a record-breaking season for the Blue Squad.

“The Griffins finished second, the Cavaliers were in the top four and the fifths played a season for the first time in 20 years.

He added: “We have played some great rugby with a mix of veterans, established squad players and a lot of guys who are either new or returning to the game.”

“I am very proud of my squad, and their achievements this season.

“Thanks to everyone that has helped and supported us this year. We are already planning and looking forward to next season.”

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