NEWBURY LADIES were without 11 regular players but still came up trumps with a 76-10 mauling of Sutton and Epsom in the Women’s Championship’s South East West One at Monks Lane on Sunday.
At times they looked unstoppable against a quick, but inexperienced visiting side with Meg Mason's boot causing problems for Sutton and Epsom from the start and sending the Newbury pack into the visitors' half where they remained for most of the game.
They quickly scored two tries through Megan Horwood and Jeannie Ivanov, and added a third when Roxy Fauconnier’s run down the left wing released Hannah Ward to power over in the corner.
Sutton pulled one back but the home side shook that off with Kat Smith and Megan Horwood getting onto the scoresheet before the latter got her third try and Carrie Smith another.
Sutton ran home a second score before the break to make it 52-10, but the sting sent Newbury out in search of more points, Blues were caught napping as possession changed hands and so went into half time 52-10 up.
If anything that try served to keep them hunting for more points and outside centre Smith bulldozed through a number of tackles to find the white line before Blues rang the changes with Milly Taylor scoring twice and Horwood crashed over for her fourth, and easiest after picking up from Horwood’s offload when she was halted just short.
Hooker Rosie Brenton wrapped up the scoring by finding enough space on the left wing to go home in the closing stages as Newbury go into the Christmas break in second place in the table.