Hellingly put on a show on VPs’ day

HELLINGLY hosted their first Vice Presidents day at this the last game of the season and, in ideal conditions, they showed how they can play rugby in a 15-try feast for the crowd, winning 93-5 at home to to Cinque Ports 5.

This was the third meeting between these clubs this season and, with this possibly being the last game in charge for captain and club stalwart Mark Harris, the team was determined to put on a display.

From the kick off Hellingly earned the right to go wide by driving through the pack and then letting the backs dazzle with a stunning display of power, speed and guile.

The try record was up for grabs, with David Sands requiring three to take the record – he actually achieved four to record 26 for the season.

Meanwhile, brother Matt was not going to miss out and scored a brace.

Sloppy defensive work let Cinque Ports through the centre of a ruck and good support play gave the visitors a deserved try for their determination to continue against the juggernaut that has been Hellingly this season.

The half time score was 60-5 and replacements were already on and the tries kept coming, as Ben Trevarrow got his brace, while both James Grey and Paul Smith showed they are fantastic runners as the forwards got into the act and tries from Charlie Milner, Tom Manktelow, Ian Padget and Aaron McCulloch completed the scoring in a one-way contest.

This completes Hellingly’s season with a double triumph of cup and league and an amazing points tally of 1,021 in 21 games and having conceded just 84.

Coach Nigel Gossedge said: “Today was about the boys celebrating their success on the pitch by putting on a day of champagne rugby for their supporters and Vps.

“I felt for Cinque Ports but was impressed that they kept trying to compete throughout and I wish them well for the campaign next season.

“For our players, after their celebrations, it will be back to training because next year will be a greater challenge and we have to be prepared.”