Pacesetters Belsize Park maintain ruthless run with victory over Verulamians

Brent Hoekstra's on the charge for Belsize Park. Pic: Kully Khella/Belsize Park RFC

Brent Hoekstra's on the charge for Belsize Park. Pic: Kully Khella/Belsize Park RFC - Credit: Archant

Belsize Park maintained their ruthless run of form as the league leaders scored nine tries against Verulamians, triumphing 59-13 and posting their sixth consecutive league win in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

Brent Hoekstra had touched down six times in a 106-point haul away at Imperial Medicals the previous weekend, and he crossed the line another four times in Regent’s Park on Saturday.

Coach Andy Barrington said: “This was perhaps the best we have played this season, and the cohesion of the team keeps improving week on week. We were relentless in attack for the first 50 minutes.”

Despite missing their talismanic captain and second-row star Tom House, whose marauding runs and towering prowess in the line-outs have been a feature of recent displays, the Belsize pack were almost flawless in their rucking and set pieces.

That dominance up front was quickly converted into points and, although they lost matchday captain Ryan Harper to a knee injury after 30 minutes, BP ran in five tries in the first half before adding a further four after the interval.

Hoekstra led the way again with four touchdowns, while Guy Parker and his twin brother Ben both crossed the line, along with Miran Serdarevic, inside centre Andrew Richardson and Sam Bennet.

The former Oxford University back-row player Bennet was everywhere row and, having set up two tries in addition to his own score, he was given the man of the match award, while Seb Dunnett was also outstanding at No8.