Eton send warning with Barking thrashing
PUBLISHED: 16:23 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:29 23 September 2014
Barking 13-57 Eton Manor
Eton Manor earned an excellent 44-point win over Barking at the weekend after a dominant display at Gale Street in the London One North.
Michael Eghan helped himself to a hat-trick as Jamie Connors side continue to show they will again be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Stephen Ross, Reece Reed and Peter Bicknell all crossed over twice in a stunning display of rugby as Manor delivered the near 80-minute performance that had been demanded prior to kick-off.
Recently relegated Barking went ahead through a penalty but the visitors responded soon after and would remain ahead for the rest of the game.
Aggressive play from the forwards won the breakdown and that allowed Eghan and McKie to combine to send Bicknell over, after he outpaced the retreating defenders.
The conversion was missed but Manor were soon on the scoreboard again, and once more it was the opening try scorer of the match.
Bicknell, who went over for a hat-trick last weekend, powered through a couple of weak tackles to cross for his second of the game and this time the extras were added.
Ross went over for his first shortly afterwards, outpacing his defender before riding two attempted tackles to put Manor 17-3 ahead after just 17 minutes.
Eghan was yet to get in on the act but that was about to change seven minutes before the interval when he scored a wonderful individual try.
He intercepted a pass just outside his own 22, ran the length of the pitch before outsprinting the Barking defenders to go over and give Eton a bonus point.
The hosts responded before half time, though only after some strong Manor defending. Barking did eventually break through and were able to reduce the arrears and make it 13-24 at the break.
After just two minutes of the second period, Manor extended their lead and signalled their intentions for the rest of the half when Ross jinked past his opposite number before sprinting to the line for his second of the match.
Reed then produced a trademark try, spotting the gap and outpacing several defenders to go over for the visitors sixth try - he then added the extras himself from the touchline.
Barking tried to hit back but Eghan again punished the hosts by scoring another try from inside his own half, with Reed successful again with the kick it was 13-43 to Manor.
The away side weren’t letting up yet and Reed went over for his second, darting past two defenders before again kicking the conversion to bring up the half century for Manor and make it 13-50.
With ten minutes left, Manor were able to go over one last time and it was Eghan who was able to cross for his third of the game and predictably Reed added the extras to make the final score 13-57 and put Connors side top of the table with a 100 per cent record from their first three matches.