Dinnington III crush Rotherham Phoenix

A HEAVY 29-0 defeat for Ilkeston Elks.
A HEAVY 29-0 defeat for Ilkeston Elks.

Dinnington III continued their unbeaten start, which has seen them score over 200 points, as they ran eleven tries past Rotherham Phoenix to win 73-10.

The writing was on the wall as early as the first minute when Dinnington drove the ball on from the kick-off and Dean McAulay crashed over from close range. Five minutes later an interception on half way sent Jack Sigsworth away for a try and David Bell added his second conversion to put Dinnington 14-0 ahead. Rotherham were able to respond and controlled the scrums for much of the first half as well as competing in rucks and mauls.

However, they lacked a cutting edge in tier backs and this is where Dinnington were able to prosper and put them under pressure.

Mid-way through the half McAulay went over for his second try from close in and completed his hat-trick minutes later.

In the last five minutes of the half Dinnington ran the ball from out of their own half for Jack Bryan to score. Bell and McAulay converted one each to put Dinnington 33-0 ahead at the break.

Dinnington started the second half as they had the first, scoring early, but Rotherham showed some resolve as they took play close the visitors’ line, winning a penalty, and scoring an unconverted try. Play became more competitive for a short period before Dinnington scored again.

However, Rotherham were not finished and in an almost identical pattern of play scored again fifteen minutes into the half.

This was to be the limit of their success as Dinnington got back on top and ran in four more tries in the last quarter of the game to seal their second 50-plus points haul of the season.

Sigsworth, George Cook(2) Arron Kite, Josh Valente and Dale Young scored second half tries with Bell adding four conversions and Young, one.