CANTERBURY 5 PYMOUTH ALBION 52
An outclassed Canterbury were slaughtered in the second half as Plymouth ran up 31 points without the hint of a reply and pushed the city side ever nearer relegation.
The brutal statistics, a total of eight tries, including a penalty award, plus five conversions against a solitary touchdown, were a tribute to the visitors superior power, pace and skills.
Although they have been competitive in some of their matches this Canterbury performance was way below the standards demanded in National Division One and it is no accident that they are rooted to the foot of the table.
In mitigation, a heavy injury list has robbed them of continuity and once again there was a patched up look about the back division. However, that was no excuse for falling off tackles and failing to accept first half chances which might have built momentum and kept them in the game. Albion took the lead through Connor Eastgate but the city side found a polished reply. The back row carried hard from a lineout before the ball was spun wide to open the way for an Aiden Moss touchdown.
Two opportunities then went begging which Canterbury would come to regret. They should have converted a dropped pass into points when the loose ball was booted up field but it was blown by a knock on. Then came a fine break by flanker Jack Rouse which ended in a penalty award. From that point Plymouth started to exert control against a suspect home defence and added two more scores before the break. Prop Koree Britton crashed over for the first and ruthless scrummaging forced a penalty try.
If Canterbury harboured notions of cutting into the sixteen point gap they flew out of the window in the opening 20 minutes of the new half. Plymouth’s speed, awareness and finishing ability brought them three tries which tucked away the bonus point and the match.
Dan Swain, Dean Squire and John Kelly completed fine build up work and Eastgate added two of his five conversions. A limp Canterbury struggled on but could make nothing of Albion’s energy, players like Alex Ducker and Shea Cornish on the wings or in any other department apart from battling work in the set scrums. Dan Swain and Cornish completed the try scoring on a chastening afternoon for the home side..
Canterbury: D.Corcoran, R.Mackintosh (repl F.Morgan), A.Moss, W.Waddington (repl A.Meads), C.Grimes, K.Braithwaite, D.Smart, B.Young (repl J.Dever), T.King, E.Lusher, R.Cadman, M.Corker (repl S.Rogers), J.Rouse, S.Stapleton (repl. S.Rogers) T.Oliver (repl (J.Stephens)