MALVERN Rugby Club marched into the RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup third round with a 38-22 win at a tough Camp Hill side.

The hosts scored first through their centre after a Malvern error at the lineout.

But the visitors got off the back foot when they charged down a kick and skipper Liam Roleston bagged a try against the run of play.

Malvern eased into the game and this time a Camp Hill lineout mistake allowed a counter-attack which was finished off by Max Richardson who split the defence open with his running angle.

Two successive high tackles put centre Richard Fleming into the sin-bin and the hosts took advantage with a try to level.

But later in the half Malvern regained the lead when Rob Cook crashed over after the worked a good position in the home 22.

Despite a Camp Hill penalty pulling back three points, Malvern bagged another try from a rolling maul before the interval.

A determined second-half start from Camp Hill saw a quick snipe from the scrum-half result in another score, making for a nervy 30 minutes for the away side.

Camp Hill pushed to Malvern’s five-metre line but a well-disciplined defence was led by Cook and Lewis Hardiman.

The Solihull side began to tire and Malvern’s fitness came into play as Cook scored his second try.

Malvern secured the win as Hardiman broke the line with pace before offloading to Connor Giggle who put Laurie Essenhigh in for the try.

The Spring Lane side look to continue their fine start on Saturday at Silhillians in Midlands Two West (South).

Malvern's seconds beat visitors Ludlow 47-20 with Harvey Patel (2), Stu Clark (2), Charlie Kerr and Aaron Carr among the try-scorers.

Jack Travis added six conversions.

Second rows Kerr and Carr impressed in the engine room.

Director of rugby Cook said: “This was a magnificent performance, like the first team the seconds are trying to play a pacey, handling game.

"This bodes well for the whole club and means anyone stepping up to the first team will know the style and ethos we want to play with.

"I am delighted all of last year's colts who played were influential."

Meanwhile, the club's colts won 32-5 against Silhillians at Spring Lane to bounce back from two consecutive defeats in the North Midlands League.

In Midlands Four West (South) on Saturday, Upton host Kings Norton and Bromyard visit Birmingham Civil Service.

They had contrasting fortunes in the RFU Midlands Junior Vase second round last weekend.

Bromyard hammered visitors Yardley and District 55-5 but Upton went down 40-24 at home to Aston Old Edwardians.