THREE IN A ROW FOR COLOSSI
Spartans 12 Colossi 60
RODOS COLOSSI made it three wins out of three with a ten-try romp in Athens as they beat Spartans 60-12.
Playing into a stiff breeze, Colossi thought they had scored after only two minutes when prop Vasili Bakarias crashed over, but the referee was unable to see the ball grounded and brought play back for a scrum five.
Four minutes later though they took the lead when a break by Themis Nastikas and debutant Stavros Katapanis saw the ball switched to the opposite wing where Adam Kambouris crashed over in the corner, although Byron Hutchinson was unable to add the conversion.
Ten minutes later Katapanis again broke free on his wing to be bundled into touch five metres out from the Spartans line.
Colossi stole the ball and a long pass from Anestis Karageorgiou put Hutchinson over, although he was again off target with the kick.
Colossi were now dominant up front, allowing Adam Tsuchnikas, playing his first ever game at scrum half, to keep a constant supply of ball flowing to his voracious back line and three minutes later Stavros again broke free, to be pushed into touch on the Spartans line.
The ball was stolen by Dimitris Roussos who fed Kambouris and the Australian grabbed his second try of the afternoon, although Hutchinson was still unable to find the target with the conversion.
Colossi’s next try came six minutes later as Spartans attempted to run a penalty from their 22.
They conceded a penalty themselves in doing it and a quick tap saw Kambouris notch his hat-trick.
Karageorgiou took over the kicking duties, but had no better luck and Colossi remained 20-0 ahead.
They scored again from the restart as Bakarias took the catch and fed Pantelis Arfaras who set off on a 40-yard run up field.
Theothoris Ananias took it on and when he was tackled it was Michalis Chatziioannou who scored from the ruck, Karageorgiou still unable to land a successful conversion.
Colossi were now rampant and five minutes later Hutchinson ran in for his second try from a scrum ten yards out and this time Karageorgiou broke the duck with a successful conversion for 32-0.
From the restart Colossi made it seven tries as several forwards combined to set up a third score for Hutchinson and, with Karageorgiou once again hitting the target, Colossi led 39-0 at the break.
Whatever was said to the Spartans during the interval seemed to have worked as they came out and took play deep into the Colossi 22, where they won a penalty 10 yards out.
A quick tap saw their forwards combine to crash over for their first score and with a successful conversion following, they had reduced the arrears to 39-7.
12 minutes into the half Kambouris replied for Colossi with his fourth try following a scrum on the Spartans 22 and Karageorgiou’s kick made it 46-7.
Good work by Natsikas saw Colossi back on the attack, only to be penalised on the Spartans line and three minutes later uncontested scrums were brought in after Spartans had run out of fit front-row forwards.
Hutchinson claimed a try after a quick penalty but the referee was unsighted and the score remained as it was for another ten minutes before a chip and chase by Kamboulis saw him feed Natsikas for his first try for the club, Karageorgiou again converting as Colossi passed the 50-point mark for the second time in three games.
Two minutes later Nikos Hatzinikos broke from halfway to feed Hutchinson for his fourth try and Kargeorgiou’s fifth successful kick brought up 60 points for Colossi.
It was Spartans who had the last word though as a short lineout on the Colossi 22 saw them gain a consolation try four minutes from the end.
A comfortable win for Colossi that keeps them at the top of the table despite slacking off in the second halh.
Their next game is on the weekend of the 14th/15th November in Thessaloniki against Macedones Evosmos.
THREE IN A ROW FOR COLOSSI