Gallery: Roosters crush Eagles
Rugby League Conference - East St Ives Roosters 60 Cambridge Eagles 6 ROOSTERS had plenty to crow about as they overran hard-pressed Cambridge Eagles side in the local derby. A five try blitz in the opening 22 minutes ended the match as a contest and saw
Rugby League Conference - East
St Ives Roosters 60 Cambridge Eagles 6
ROOSTERS had plenty to crow about as they overran hard-pressed Cambridge Eagles side in the local derby.
A five try blitz in the opening 22 minutes ended the match as a contest and saw the Roosters playing with renewed confidence after suffering two consecutive defeats.
Andrew Dean crashed over from 10 metres out to start the scoring and Jack Blackley then added a try and conversion to make it 10-0 before David Sykes broke through weak tackling to add more points.
Dean found room to grab his second before Oli Jones scorched through the defence to run in a fifth try from 60 metres. Blackley's conversion then made 26 points in just 22 minutes.
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Eagles started to settle down and competed for a spell without breaking St Ives down but they were hit with two more tries just before the break.
First Blackley and then Michael Drake exploited weakness on the left of the Cambridge defence to take the half time score to 36-0.
In the second half Cambridge took the game to the hosts and were rewarded when loose forward Neil Phillips ran 50 metres for Cambridge's solitary try of the game, which was duly converted.
Any hopes of a comeback was soon snuffed out as the Roosters forwards combined to add a further converted try and then Sykes returned from an extended rest on the sidelines to increase his personal tally to two.
St Ives continued to dominate possession and territory and the home fans were delighted to see veteran stand off Dan McCormack cross for a hard-earned score.
The Roosters then wrapped up proceedings in the most fitting manner with Charles Paxton contributing a 70-metre solo effort. The final conversion rounded off the score at 60-6.
*Roosters are at home to the Northampton Casuals on Saturday, with a 2.30pm kick-off. Entry at Somersham Road is free.