North Midlands 17 pts v Surrey 60 pts - Newly promoted Surrey started off the County Championship in a higher division having been promoted, with what was expected to be a tough encounter against North Midlands – who were relegated last season from the level above.
From the first minute, Surrey produced a scintillating performance of rugby, with experienced lock and Captain Armand Roux continually driving on his troops to keep focused and be clinical when the opportunities arose. After only 12 seconds, Surrey’s highly dangerous centre Ryan Jeffery burst through some weak tackling to score a try. Fly half Matt Noble added the conversion. Within minutes, wing Mike Terelak put Jeffery in for his second try, which again Noble converted.
The home side looked shell shocked and with the Surrey front row of Ben Knight, Charlie Connor and Richard Nunn in commanding form, the visitors were constantly in the ascendancy.
With barely a quarter of the game gone, No 8 Ted Lewis drove over for Surrey’s third try. Shortly afterwards, full back Matt Betty- who always looked threatening when near the ball, made a break and set up wing Kariym Irving for the fourth try and put Surrey into a commanding 24-0 lead.
North Mids then had a period of pressure, which eventually brought a try for strong running wing Tom Hunt – who incidentally is a former Dorking player, currently studying in the Midlands.
With half time approaching, flanker Oli Edwards slipped a neat pass to centre Jeffery, who sped away for his third try, which again Noble converted to reach a half time scoreline of 31 -5 in favour of Surrey.
As Surrey began to give game time to all their replacements, they continued to dominate all phases of the game. Nevertheless, after only two minutes of the second period, the home side No 8 Drew Harper drove over for their second try.
The visitors quickly bounced back, when the razor sharp centre Jeffery, grabbed his fourth try, after a clever kick by Noble, who then added the conversion. Despite the gallant efforts of North Midlands, Surrey were in a different class and they quickly added further tries by wing Mike Terelak, replacement Harry Elbrow and that ‘try scoring machine’ Ryan Jeffery, who bagged his fifth and six tries. While Noble and Oli Turner added conversions, to bring the Surrey total to 60 points.
The home side grabbed a late consolation try from replacement, Gino Belmonte, which was converted to wrap up proceedings and end a marvellous day of rugby for Surrey.
SURREY: 15 Matt Betty (East Grinstead),14 Mike Terelak (Dorking), 13Ryan Jeffery (Dorking), 12 Sean Cunningham (London Irish Amateurs), 11 Kariym Irving, 10 Matt Noble, 9 Will Crow, 1 Ben Knight (all Dorking), 2 Charlie Connor (London Irish Amateurs), 3 Richard Nunn, 4 Armand Roux- Captain (both Dorking), 5 Elliot Awin (Dorking RFC), 6 Oli Edwards, 7 Harry Watts, 8 Ted Lee (all Dorking )
Surrey Replacements: 16 Cameron Ruddock ( London Irish Amateurs), 17 Edward Scott Bowden (Barnes), 18 Scott Moore (London Irish Amateurs), 19 Harry Elbrow (Esher), 20 Tom Eastham, 21 Oli Turner ( both London Irish Amateurs)
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