RUGBY UNION: Ely Tigers claim bragging rights with win over rivals Newmarket

Man-of-the-match Alex Milne touches down in Ely Tigers' 30-10 victory over Newmarket. Photo: Steve Wells

Man-of-the-match Alex Milne touches down in Ely Tigers' 30-10 victory over Newmarket. Photo: Steve Wells

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Ely Tigers bounced back from their first defeat of the season with a hard-fought 30-10 victory over local rivals Newmarket on Saturday.

Charlie Coupland releases the ball. Photo: Steve WellsCharlie Coupland releases the ball. Photo: Steve Wells

The Tigers, who went into the tie six places above their rivals, were first to get on scoreboard through the boot of Joel Scott Paul after he notched two penalties to take them up to six points.

The hosts were then awarded a penalty try after Scott Paul was tackled off the ball by Newmarket’s full-back.

The Tigers began the second half in the same style as the first and Scott Paul touched down early on after a Matt McCarthy offload.

Joel Scott-Paul gets tackled off the ball to win a penalty try. Photo: Steve WellsJoel Scott-Paul gets tackled off the ball to win a penalty try. Photo: Steve Wells

Newmarket, to their credit, converted a number of penalties to keep themselves in the game before they found their first try of the afternoon after a sweeping move.

Ely then fought back and man-of-the-match Alex Milne dummied a pass and went himself, cutting through the defence and touching down under the posts.

The Tigers were reduced to 14 men for the number of infringements and Newmarket took advantage of their man advantage and threw the ball wide for an unconverted try in the corner.

Jon Dibb wins the ball from a line-out. Photo: Steve WellsJon Dibb wins the ball from a line-out. Photo: Steve Wells

But Ely rounded off their win and claimed a bonus point thanks to Luke Cornwell, who crashed down following a quick-tap penalty.

Ely host London Division Three league-toppers Stowmarket this Saturday (2.30pm).

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