All Golds make it two from two after 70-6 rout

The All Golds backed up their opening day win over Cheltenham Phoenix with a devastating 70-6 win over Forest Bulldogs on a sun-baked afternoon in Gloucester.

The Bulldogs started off the better side and enjoyed plenty of early possession but some resolute work from the young All Golds side kept the team from the Forest of Dean at bay. It took the home side until the fifteenth minute to open their account, but once Dieter Thomas went over from dummy half, the floodgates were well and truly opened.

All Golds head coach Marcus Brown was in good spirits after the game, as he paid tribute to the clinical attack play which set the foundation for the victory. He said: “Fair play to the Forest Bulldogs, they gave it a good go. We made a few mistakes in that first quarter which meant we had plenty of defending to do and I’’m pleased with the attitude we showed. They were a big team, we knew they’d go for us straight from the off. Once we weathered that early storm I thought we were really clinical and scored some great tries. We’ve got some real pace in our side, which we use well. It’s important to remember this is only our second game, it’s still really early days. I want to give every single player the opportunity to show me what they can do in the coming games. We’ll take a lot from today and build towards our next game.”

The game, played in baking sunshine on a rock hard pitch, was a good contest in the opening stages as the Bulldogs forward pack made plenty of yards in attack. The All Golds’ efforts in defence were rewarded on 15 minutes when Dieter Thomas scored the opening try. Brandon Lamb was next on the score sheet as he raced 30 metres to touchdown. 10-0 soon became 16-0 as Josh du Plessis ran through a gap in the Bulldogs’ defence to score. The impressive Dieter Thomas notched the next try on the half hour mark as he dived over from dummy half.

Callum Merrett, so impressive in the win against Cheltenham last week, was on form again and he weaved is way through a gap in the Bulldogs’ line to make it 28-0. Aedan Coleman, another who has enjoyed a fine start to the season, got in on the action soon after as he scored a stunning individual try. In the dying moments of the first half Kieran Webb gathered a perfectly placed grubber kick to score.

At 38-0 at half-time the contest was over but the All Golds showed no sign of slowing down as front-rower Jake McMahon picked up a pass on the wing to touchdown. Kieran Webb added a second try on the hour mark before another great break by Merrett was finished off by Webb who completed his hat-trick to make it 54-0. Merrett added another try a minute later as the Bulldogs wilted in the afternoon heat.

To their credit the Bulldogs kept at it and were rewarded for their efforts with ten minutes to go as a high bomb was collected before being touched down next to the sticks. The try was converted to take the score to 60-6.

Further tries from Jack Uren and Aedan Coleman took the score to 70-6 as the All Golds made it consecutive wins in the West of England League.

Tries: Dieter Thomas (2), Brandon Lamb, Josh du Plessis, Callum Merrett (2), Aedan Coleman (2), Webb (3), McMahon, Jack Uren.

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