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RUGBY UNION: Grove cruise to ten-try success
11:00am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Sport
Southern Counties North
GUY Nicholl scored four tries and fellow wing Harry Carr three to propel Grove to a 64-22 victory over Thatcham.
Grove were always comfortable winners, despite taking their feet off the gas at the start of the second half.
Joe Bellinger added a double, while fellow centre Jamie Burns completed a ten-try tally.
Fly half Dave Maryon kicked three conversions, as did replacement Roger Sevier, while Carr added one himself.
Wallingford fought back to earn an 18-18 draw at morning leaders Reading Abbey.
Abbey opened up with two converted tries, which sandwiched a penalty from Wallingford fly half Oli Henderson.
Wallingford drove hooker Tom Hill over and Henderson’s drop goal made it 14-11 at the break.
Abbey added a penalty, while Hill and Wallingford replacement Dick Payne were sin-binned, but Henderson slotted two penalties to seal the draw.
Alchester’s three-match winning run ended with a 19-17 defeat at Drifters.
The visitors trailed 19-3 at the end of a miserable first half that saw fly half Tom Miles kick a penalty and wing Ben Ancil yellow-carded.
Andy Blacklock, who filled in at scrum half, gave Alchester hope with an intereption try on 60 minutes, converted by Miles.
Miles also converted a second try from Matt Beckley five minutes later, but Alchester could not snatch victory.