SEDGLEY Park’s return to form continued with a seven-try victory at Loughborough Students in National Two North on Saturday.

With a number of key players missing and debut appearances for youngsters Alex Bemba and Max Jackson, it turned out to be a great performance from the Tigers in their eighth away match of the campaign.

Playing on the fast artificial pitch, they started strongly gaining territory, keeping possession and producing quick ball which resulted in a well-worked score for Steve Collins within the first six minutes.

Sedgley’s shape in attack was excellent, moving play left and right and constantly stretching the students’ defence.

A scrum deep in their 22 saw captain Matt Riley make a powerful line break which resulted in scrum-half Jacob Tansey touching down.

Collins added the conversion and the visitors led 12-0 after 25 minutes.

This was followed quickly with a third try of the afternoon for winger Rhys Henderson who collected a lovely chip to the corner by Matt Riley and Collins again added the extras.

To their credit the students defended resolutely with excellent line speed and were rewarded with a deserved converted try to get back in the game to make it 19-7 at the break.

The second half started well for the Tigers with driving play from the forwards and backs combined, constantly getting behind the students’ defence.

A lovely line break from Matt Riley and a pick-and-go through the ruck saw Collins feed centre Oli Glasse who outstripped three defenders to score a fourth try and secure the bonus point.

It was relentless pressure from the Tigers which the students found difficult to deal with.

A lovely kick wide from Glasse was collected by Henderson who fed hooker Matt Gallagher and he raced into the left-hand corner for the fifth score.

Top try scorer Gallagher got his second after a well-practised lineout and front peel and Sedgley had an unassailable lead.

Loughborough did get a second score but the game was finished off with a great try for full-back Andy Riley after a line break by Glasse to seal a 43-14 victory which coach Steve Hazzelby labelled ‘a wonderful performance from all of the Tigers squad’.

On Saturday Sedgley host Huddersfield in their final game before the Christmas break.

Hazzelby said: “We are looking for another strong performance to maintain our top of the league position.

“It is always a hard encounter against this powerful Yorkshire side so hopefully fans will come down to Park Lane and support us.”