Ely Third Team Continue Their Winning Form
PUBLISHED: 11:22 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010
ELY 3rd XV cantered to a convincing 26-0 win over Cambourne Exiles to move into second place in the Deuxieme Nord League. A powerful display of attacking rugby from the Ely forwards kept Cambourne on the back foot throughout and handed the home side their
ELY 3rd XV cantered to a convincing 26-0 win over Cambourne Exiles to move into second place in the Deuxieme Nord League.
A powerful display of attacking rugby from the Ely forwards kept Cambourne on the back foot throughout and handed the home side their fifth win in succession.
An inexorable wave of pressure from the kick off saw Ely gain turnover ball and afforded them an early breakthrough as Cambourne struggled to find their feet. Fullback Mark Egerton came in to support some nimble wing play and his persistence resulted in a third minute try to make it 5-0.
Andy Hugo then ran a powerful line through the opposing backs on sixteen minutes to run in under the posts to make it 12-0. Ely enjoyed much of the play thereafter, and were quick to snuff out any threat from the visitors who were unable to build sustained attacks.
Despite having the upper hand, the final pass was often missing from the home side and they were only able to add to the score once more in the half, Egerton making for the line for his second of the game.
By comparison, the second-half was an altogether dowdier affair with the sodden conditions of the pitch playing their part. Both sides traded possession but were lacking the necessary edge to register a score.
That said, Cambourne carried much more of an attacking threat of the two sides and they managed to break through the Tigers defence midway through the half to leave their forward 60 meters of open field to run into.
Fortunately for Ely though, the Exiles' number twelve was caught mere metres from the line by the younger legs of Sheridan Mead to deny them a score.
Ely rallied thereafter and went on to score once more in the game via Chris Ball who picked up from the scrum and powered over for the line. Hugo was on target again with the conversion and the final score was 26-0 to Ely.