RUGBY: St Ives take a big step towards silverware as stunning streak continues with Midlands Senior Vase romp

Paul Ashbridge leaves a couple of opponents trailing during St Ives' demolition of Rugby St Andrews.

Paul Ashbridge leaves a couple of opponents trailing during St Ives' demolition of Rugby St Andrews. Picture: PAUL COX - Credit: Archant

The results and performances from St Ives just keep getting better.

Alex Henly about to score one of the St Ives tries. Picture: PAUL COX

Alex Henly about to score one of the St Ives tries. Picture: PAUL COX - Credit: Archant

Their triumphant start to the season now stands at 11 matches after a feast of 11 tries in a Midlands Senior Vase demolition last Saturday.

The Bulls trounced Rugby St Andrews 69-12 at Somersham Road in a one-sided quarter-final as they took a big stride towards lifting this piece of silverware for the first time.

Seven of those St Ives tries arrived in a sizzling first-half showing with Duncan Williams opening the floodgates when he crashed over the line early on.

Albiee Tayedzerwa soon finished off a slick move in the corner before a pair of brilliant Paul Ashbridge breaks led to tries for Gabriel Edwards and Alex Henly.


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Two more Tayedzerwa touchdowns followed as the flying winger completed a first-half hat-trick and sandwiched a score from the visitors.

St Ives fell foul of the official early in the second half as Josh Meadows was shown a yellow card, but being reduced to 14 men certainly didn’t affect them - in fact they ran in three more tries while at a numerical disadvantage!

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Ashbridge collected a pass from stand-in skipper Mickey Drake at top speed to add his name to the list of scorers before Tayedzerwa completed a memorable outing with two more tries to take his personally tally to five.

There was still time for Jack Backley to intercept a stray pass and put a final try on a plate for David Stone. It was followed by a seventh successful conversion from Ashbridge before the away side claimed a late consolation.

Drake said: “It was a really good performance. We scored loads of points and we also defended really well, but we still believe we can step up another level.”

The table-topping Bulls switch their attention back to a Midlands Division Three East (South) title challenge this Saturday when travelling to Leicester side Vipers.

* St Ives missed out on a knockout double as their 2nds were pipped by higher-level Deepings in the opening round of the Hunts & Peterborough Cup.

They were pipped 12-7 after conceding a late try which actually stemmed from an attacking St Ives line-out.

Aaron Mills provided the St Ives try, which was converted by Jim Robinson.

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