By Tom Whitehead
The UCLan Rams comprehensively defeated their league and local rivals in a performance which suggests they possess the quality to win the division.
The match itself started in quite a tentative fashion, with both teams having chances to score within the first five minutes. It was the Rams second major effort though which brought the first points of the match, with a converted touchdown, scored by number 86 Luc Kinder, to make the score 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Kinder then went on to play one the best quarters of his life as he was picked out twice in two attacks and went on to score a further two touchdowns, one of which was converted, and this set up a convincing score line of 20-0 at half-time.
The formidable defensive reputation of the Rams, emphasised by their clean sheet away to Keele, seemed to leave the Bombers with little chance of a second half revival.
In the third quarter the Bombers responded by tightening up their defence, with the openness seen in the previous quarter being almost eliminated after the interval.
However, the Rams soon turned defence into attack with number 3, Ryan Allen, collecting the ball in his own half to dodge and sidestep his way through the Bomber’s defence to score the only touchdown of the quarter.
An hint of complacency began to creep into the Rams game in the fourth quarter, as the Bomber’s got their first points on the board with a late touch down to make the score 26-6.
In the end, the Rams did enough to see out the match with their response to conceding being a touchdown scored in the last minute to make the final score 32-6.
Hat-trick scorer Luc Kinder described his performance as an “unbelievable feeling”, while Captain Stuart Robinson praised the defence as he admired their ability “to keep coming up tops”. With the priority for the squad being to maintain the focus for next week’s match against Manchester University.