Stourbridge 48, Macclesfield 22

SPEED merchant Dun Rundle stole the show by scoring a hat-trick of tries as Stour ran the legs off already relegated Macclesfield.

Wing wizard Rundle sprinted over after just 82 seconds to set the tone as Stour threw the ball at every opportunity.

Rundle then used his blistering pace to set up a second try for early replacement Noah Heward on eight minutes but Macc hit back with a try from right wing James Oliver who raced down the flank to score in the corner.

But there was no stopping Rundle who ripped through the Macc defence for his second try on 27 minutes to make the score 17-5.

Scrum half Joe Heatley then pounced for the bonus point try after just half an hour rushing over half the length of the pitch to touchdown and enable fly half Chris Scott to slot over his second conversion.

Macc managed to keep the game alive as a contest before half time, impressive outside centre Sam Broster jinking his way over for a superbly taken try on 34 minutes to make the half time score 24-10.

The outcome was effectively assured within minutes of resumption as Stour stormed over for two quick tries.

The irrepressible Rundle provideed Stour's fifth try with a stunning turn of pace that left a string of Macc defenders floundering in his wake as the winger raced clear to score.

Scott kicked the extras before full back Mark Harrison stormed clear to score a sixth try a minute later to make the score 36-10.

Credit to Macc who kept going with Broster bagging his second try on 50 minutes.

Any prospects of a Macc recovery were soon dispelled when the ball was flung wide to unmarked prop Stef Thorp who charged over for a seventh Stour try which Scott duly converted.

There was more misery for Macc when Luke Veeble, who was playing in the unfamiliar role as flanker, crashed over from close range to make the score 48-15.

Macc did manage to salvage a bonus point try on 70 minutes when replacement James Cross charged over for skipper Tom Morton to land his only conversion after Stour had been reduced to 14 players when Thorp was sent to the sin bin.

But the game belonged to Rundle who has now taken his try tally to 25 this season with two games remaining.

Stour: Harrison; Beddows, Morgan, Wilson, Rundle; Scott, Heatley; Thorp, Wilkes, George; Griffiths, Murphy; Veeble, Cairns, Mukarati. Replacements: Worthington, Maxwell, Roddy, Heward, Petty.

Attendance : 435