AEI made it 5 from 5 with a comprehensive away victory. Clint Nykamp marked his return to the AEI fold with a brace of tries as once again the backline demonstrated their pace and finishing after the hard work put in by the forwards.
With a pack dominating their counterparts and AEI’s wing forwards demonstrating their indefatigable energy levels and ability to fudge the referee’s breakdown interpretation, the backs had ample opportunity to score and could, on reflection, have posted a three figure score with some better handling. In fact there was a mere 15 seconds on the clock when Joe Bott went over for the first in his double hat-trick providing an indication of things to come.
The lineout was especially fruitful with hooker Rory Macdonald deserving his man of the match award for his efforts jumping in the line and backing it up with several steals in the scrum.
With nearly 50 points posted in the first half, it was perhaps inevitable that AEI eased off and two handling errors gifted Stoke Old Boys their points. Still, AEI improved their league’s points difference with tries from captain for the day Gareth Bott (2), Tim Sargent, Chris Hadley and Tom Oxberry scoring his first in AEI colours.