KENDAL RUFC inflicted Workington's heaviest ever defeat when they won 99-0 at The Ellis on Saturday in the first round of the Cumbria Cup.

A strong team travelled to Workington, with the only changes to the starting line-up from the league win at Sandal last weekend being Glenn Chesher and Ben Dixon coming in for Duncan Green and Chris Downham.

Kendal had the lead with less than two minutes played when Dini Noyo rounded off a good move to go over for the first of 15 tries to ease any early nerves.

The lead was extended after ten minutes of play. From a penalty lineout, the forwards set up a drive with Chesher breaking away to touch down, and Glen Weightman added the conversion to make it 12-0.

The next score followed two minutes later. Noyo made a break down the right, and after drawing the defence, passed to Will Montgomery who had done well to be in support to go over for the score. Weightman converted again to open the gap to 19 points.

Another score quickly followed with the ball moved to Kris Bratton, who outpaced the Workington defence to score, with Weightman adding the conversion.

Despite the score, on the rare occasions that Workington could get the ball, they were putting together some good passages of play. One was too precede the next Kendal try, but when it was ended with a pass being knocked on, young Kendal No.8 Dixon made a powerful break from the resulting scrum and then timed a pass perfectly to Montgomery in support to go over for his second try. Glen Weightman again converted and it was 33-0.

Kendal were forced into a change with Chesher coming off to be replaced by Garry Holmes.

There was more good attacking play from Workington, who also were managing to turnover some Kendal possession. A cross-field kick for the Workington wing to chase was instead gathered by Noyo, who weaved through the defence for a try converted by Weightman.

The final try of the half came from a lineout. The ball was moved into midfield where Mike Fearon made a break, and Nathan Wooff took the ball at speed to make a long run to go over for the try to make it 45-0 at the break.

Weightman opened the second half scoring after four minutes. He ignored an unmarked Montgomery on the wing, but made up for it by weaving over himself for a try. Chris Park took over the kicking duties, and added the conversion to put Kendal 52-0 up.

The next try was set up by a good run by Dom Musetti, with the move taken on by substitute Jacob Sutton, and Robbie Collinson finishing the move to squeeze over in the left hand corner despite being tackled. Park put over an excellent conversion kick from near the touchline.

Another good run by Wooff ended with his second try, again converted by Park.

Ben Dixon got his first try with an excellent long run after picking up from a scrum. Park's latest conversion made it 73-0.

Five minutes later, after the ball had been moved from the right into midfield, Fearon made a weaving run back through the Workington defence to score, which Park again converted.

Jacob Sutton got his first try with after a forward drive from the lineout, with the conversion taking the score to 87-0.

With four minutes to go, Wooff made a good run which was ended by Montgomery for his third try.

After his earlier try, the ball rarely seemed to come Bratton’s way, but when a Workington kick came to him, he made no mistake by gathering and outpacing the defence again, to go over for the final try of the game. Park was once more on hand to make the conversion and take the final score to 99-0.