Rugby Union: Sandal thump Billingham in bonus-point win

Sean Maguire returned to the Sandal ranks
Sean Maguire returned to the Sandal ranks

The Sandal pack steamrollered visitors Billingham as the hosts celebrated a 36-5 success at Milnthorpe Green.

The National 3 North clash was a one-sided one and the hosts were boosted by the return of flanker Sean Maguire and prop James Purcell, both making their first appearances of the season following pre-season surgery.

Sandal took the initiative on 14 minutes through Luke Norbury’s powerful try and although Billingham replied with a fine individual effort from full-back Peter Evans, the rest of the game belonged to the home side.

Austen Thompson crossed for a try converted by Ian Jackson, who then added a penalty to the tally before the break.

There was no stopping the hosts on the resumption and they celebrated tries from Mark Pease, Max Whittingham and Ian Jackson, who added another two conversions.

James Ellar also kicked a goal to round-off Sandal’s fine team display.

Read Friday’s Wakefield Express for more news from Sandal RUFC.