LONDON TWO NORTH WEST
London Nigerian RFC 0
Old Priorians RFC 104
FULL-back James Booth stole the show with a 44-point haul consisting of four tries and 12 conversions as Old Priorians demolished London Nigerian.
After a weather-enforced false start last week, the Twisters were determined to kick off life in London Two North West with a bang and they ran in 16 tries.
The first 15 minutes were fairly even in terms of territory and possession, but the OPs’ counter-attacking skills were coming to the fore with four long-distance tries opening up a considerable lead.
Thereafter it was one-way traffic for the OPs, despite Nigerians being combative at the breakdown. The OP forwards played to their structure and provided a good platform for their midfield to shine.
Joe Codrington played flat and caused the Nigerian defence many issues, while outside him, Jack Dever distributed superbly and was ever-present in support.
David Wilkie (pictued) was as outstanding as ever at outside centre, showing great footwork in attack and strength in defence, but it was Booth who shone brightest.
The OPs produced a clinical and mature performance and will be pleased with such a strong start to the season. Harder tests await and they play their first home game of the season against Hampstead tomorrow (Saturday).
The Priorians’ second team produced a good performance in their Merit Table One fixture, narrowly losing 32-25 to London Scottish fourths.
In London Three North West, Wasps were unlucky at London New Zealand, losing 35-34 in a thriller, and will hope to bounce back against top of the table Welwyn at the weekend.
Elsewhere, Old Actonians also lost narrowly – to Old Millhillians – and also had to make do with the consolation of a losing bonus point after a 29-27 defeat in their latest Herts/Middlesex One fixture.
The Pope’s Lane team, who scored 50 points in the opening day win last week, travel to Hackney tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in Herts/Middx Division Two, West London had to settle for a point after losing 8-7 to visitors Ickenham.
West London travel to bottom of the table Hendon tomorrow (Saturday), who are the only team without a point from their opening two games.