Attacking strategy pays off for Dings
DINGS made it three wins in a row, and were good value for their victory, with full-back Mark Woodrow claiming a full-house, with a try, a drop-goal, three penalties and four conversions, in his 25-point haul.
Centres Rob Dempsey and Marcus Brooker also crossed, while James Oakley capped a man-of-the-match performance on the right wing with a superb individual try.
The hard-working Dings pack undoubtedly laid the platform for the victory, but for the second week in succession their back division scored all the tries, and captain Ed Hack believes that those statistics underline the Lockleaze-based side's new 15-man attacking strategy.
He said: "As a forward, I'm quite happy to see our backs running in all the tries. Last season we relied heavily on our pack to win us matches, but we've tried to become a more rounded side, and, at the moment, our backs are playing with a lot of confidence.
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"But it's great to know your backs can hurt the opposition, and us forwards are happy to produce the ball for them to finish things off. It also helps when you have a goal-kicker like Woody (Mark Woodrow) in your side, who seems capable of kicking goals from anywhere."
After a shaky start, the home side began to find their rhythm, with lock Dave Bufton securing a steady stream of line-out possession, while the back-row trio of Steve Uren, Stean Williams and James Luck forged a useful combination in the loose.
Canterbury opened the scoring when fly-half Scott Browne slotted a third-minute penalty. Woodrow replied with a penalty three minutes later, before landing an audacious 45-metre drop-goal to nudge Dings into the lead. Dempsey crossed for the opening try after 32 minutes. Woodrow added the extras.
The visitors replied on half-time with an unconverted try from Rogers, to make it 16-8 at the interval.
The home side shifted gears in the second-half, and produced their most effect rugby of the contest. Oakley, a constant threat in attack, grabbed the next try after he bravely regathered an attacking high ball and sprinted in from 30 metres. Woodrow converted and booted another penalty before adding the extras to his own try on 58 minutes.
Canterbury hit back with tries by Beaumont and Baars – one converted by Browne – before Brooker's 82nd-minute try, again converted by Woodrow, secured the bonus-point victory for Dings.