Fylde bounce back to winning ways against Loughborough at the Woodlands

Fylde secured a bonus point 33-7 win against the Loughborough Students in a National League Division 2 clash at the Woodlands.

After suffering a heart-breaking bonus point defeat in Caldy last week, Fylde made no mistake this week against a toothless Loughborough outfit to remain top of the division having played a game more.

The hosts were on the front foot from the outset with a beautiful brand of running rugby saw the Ansdell-based outfit maul the Students into submission as an explosive break from inside centre Scott Rawlings released Tom Grimes for the first score of the contest.

The belief head coach Warren Spragg has installed in the players is inspiring a culture forged on the fearlessness of youth and the wisdom of the elder statesmen in the squad has struck fear into their National League rivals.

Loughborough were simply food for the hosts.

Spragg said: “I thought we were outstanding in the first 15 minutes and some of the ball movement and speed of support was the best we have produced so far this season.

Fylde hooker Ben Gregory as he surges through the Loughborough defence. Photo by Chris Farrow Fylde RUFC

Fast starting Fylde bury opponents quickly

Spragg’s men were relentless as the Loughborough pack found themselves overwhelmed by the sheer power and physicality of their counterparts, the excitement among the Woodlands faithful made it clear another score was inevitable.

So it proved as Connor Wilkinson crashed his way over from a driving maul before Greg Smith nailed a near impossible conversion from out wide.

David Fairbrother was there to opportunistically pounce for another try as the sheer power of the Fylde forwards was too much for the visitors.

The dejection from Loughborough grew visible as their players gradually walked behind the sticks for the resulting conversion by Smith.

Chairman of World Rugby, Bill Beaumont, watched on in awe as his former team obliterated Loughborough in attack and defence, with the lineout work from flanker duo Ben Vernon and Jacob Conner surely impressing the ex-England captain.

Fylde are more than an offensive juggernaut

Spragg has implemented a resolute attitude in his young troops stronger than the Wolverine.

Few epitomise that more than Tom Carleton.

Donning his grey scrum cap it could have confused a few for the second coming of current Wales star Jonathan Davies with his hard tackling, telepathic reads and fearlessness.

Few have evolved with such speed in this league and Spragg is largely responsible for that.

If one flaw can be spoke of it is Fylde’s occasional lack of focus as they invited Loughborough back into the game but rallied defensively to restrict them to seven points in a game which they comfortably ran out 33-7 win.