The Breakdown: Richmond Secure 86-7 Win Over Hull
Richmond delivered an excellent 14-try display to romp to an impressive 86-7 victory over Hull Ionians.
In front of another strong crowd at the Athletic Ground (704), Richmond produced an attacking master class to secure their 14th win of the National 1 season and leapfrog Rosslyn Park and Rams to the top of the table.
On a chilly and blustery afternoon at the RAG, Hull shot out to an early 0-7 lead in the ninth minute. The visitors took full advantage of a Richmond mistake in the centre of the pitch with centre Lewis Minikin picking up the loose ball and running 40 metres to score. His try was converted by fly-half Max Titchener.
It was the wake-up call Richmond required and from there the hosts took full control of the fixture, scoring 14 tries on the bounce, in an unstoppable and breath-taking performance.
The Richmond onslaught was triggered in the 12th minute with talented hooker Callum Torpey crossing in the corner to hand the home side their first points. Fly-half Ben Cook, who made his second start of the season, converted the try from out wide.
With the scores locked at 7-7, Richmond took the lead just two minutes later with skipper Cam Mitchell breaking through the Hull defence before passing to centre Dan Kelly who skipped away to score. Cook again added the extras.
Richmond’s third try came immediately following the last with wing Hamish Graham attacking directly from the kick-off, sprinting down the pitch before offloading to the excellent Louis Lynagh who powered over for the 19-7 lead.
With Richmond determined to push on and gain the four-try bonus point, Torpey crashed over for his second in the 23rd minute following a powerful driving maul from the lineout.
From there Richmond continued to attack magnificently, scoring two more tries through Cam Mitchell and Hamish Graham to take a commanding 36-7 lead into half-time.
With the second half underway, Richmond took the opportunity to make a number of changes with former Harlequins scrum-half Charlie Mulchrone called upon to make his Richmond debut replacing the in-form Jamie Gibbs, while new recruit Kurt Schonert secured his first cap in place of the experienced Ken Dowding. Elsewhere, Myles Scott replaced former skipper Will Warden at lock, while Torpey made way for James Hadfield at hooker.
Despite the fresh faces, it didn’t take the Richmond juggernaut too long to hit full throttle once again. Fly-half Cook crossed for his first score in the 42nd minute following a lovely pass by Lynagh, propelling Richmond to a 43-7 lead.
By the 50th minute mark Richmond had scored another three tries to extend their points tally to 62, with Graham scoring his second, Toby Eaton earning his first and the dominant Toby Saysell breaking through and charging 30 metres to cross the line.
13 minutes later and captain Mitchell was over his second, collecting the loose ball to break clear and score. Cook again nailed the conversion and Steve Hill’s side led 69-7.
The last 10 minutes saw Richmond deliver another three tries to cement the 86-7 victory. The tries were scored through Myles Scott from close range, Mitchell with an excellent individual effort to earn his hat-trick and Hadfield who barged over for his inaugural First XV try.
Richmond captain and Player of the Match Cam Mitchell spoke post-game and said: “It was an excellent performance from start to finish. We knew we needed to take maximum points from this fixture and I was proud of the way the boys attacked the match. It’s easy in a fixture like this to take the foot off the pedal when you build a huge lead but the boys worked tirelessly all afternoon. We’re now looking forward to next Saturday’s away fixture against Rams and will be working extremely hard this week in training to make sure we deliver another strong performance.”
Meanwhile, the Richmond Vikings continued their unbeaten season by defeating Jersey Athletic 39-22. Elsewhere the Normans clinched a 24-22 win over Bracknell, while the Jutes drew 19-19 with Battersea Ironsides.
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Richmond 86 defeated Hull Ionians 7
Tries: Mitchell 3, Graham 2, Torpey 2, Lynagh, Eaton, Kelly, Cook, Saysell, Hadfield, Scott
Conversions: Cook 8
Other Men’s Results:
Richmond Vikings 39 defeated Jersey 2nd XV 22
Richmond Normans 24 defeated Bracknell 22
Richmond Jutes 19 Battersea Ironsides 19
Image courtesy of Dante Kim Photography.