RUGBY UNION: Captain Joel Scott Paul leads from the front as Ely Tigers see off Wisbech

Joel Scott Paul and Nathan Brooks celebrate Ely Tigers' opening try in their 25-7 win over Wisbech.

Joel Scott Paul and Nathan Brooks celebrate Ely Tigers' opening try in their 25-7 win over Wisbech. Photo: STEVE WELLS - Credit: Archant

Ely Tigers claimed their first win of the new London Leagues season at the expense of Cambridgeshire neighbours, Wisbech, on Saturday.

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

The Tigers produced a backs-to-the-wall display to see off their rivals 25-7 and send them to their second straight defeat in the Eastern Counties division.

Wisbech enjoyed extended spells of possession early on, but the Tigers managed to hold them out of their twenty-two with a solid defensive performance.

Ely eventually were allowed to drive forward and won a penalty after a Wisbech player was punished for lying on the back in a ruck. Skipper Joel Scott Paul opted to kick for the posts and added the first points of the afternoon.

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

The Tigers didn’t have to wait long to add to their lead, with Scott Paul notching the first try after a neat chip over the Wisbech defence from Alex Milne.


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Scott Paul completed an impressive individual first-half display with another penalty soon after to give his side a 13-0 at the break.

Ely picked up from where they started in the second half and Mitchell Kennett crashed over after an excellent run for a converted try minutes after the restart.

John Dibb in action. Photo: IAN CARTER

John Dibb in action. Photo: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

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Wisbech eventually reduced the arrears thanks to their captain, Solomon Prestidge, who drove over for a try converted by Jack Malkin.

Ely, who had earlier lost a player to the sin bin, responded well and, after a neat move, added another try through man-of-the-match Nathan Brooks.

The visitors spent the remainder of the game looking for a fourth try and a bonus point, but Wisbech held out and the Tigers claimed a 25-7 victory.

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Wisbech captain Solomon Prestidge said: “We were not clinical in the last 20 minutes. We need to work on playing for the full 80 minutes. Our discipline at the rucks let us down.”

Ely, who are now fifth in the standings, host lowly Lowestoft & Yarmouth this Saturday while Wisbech, who are third-from-bottom, travel to fourth-placed Stowmarket.

Three Ely players attempt to thwart a Wisbech attack. Photo: IAN CARTER

Three Ely players attempt to thwart a Wisbech attack. Photo: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Wisbech have experienced defeat in both of their opening league games. Photo: IAN CARTER

Wisbech have experienced defeat in both of their opening league games. Photo: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER

Action from Wisbech's clash with Ely Tigers. Photo: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Tom Jackson halts a Wisbech attack. Photo: STEVE WELLS

Tom Jackson halts a Wisbech attack. Photo: STEVE WELLS - Credit: Archant

Sterling Fenton. Photo: STEVE WELLS

Sterling Fenton. Photo: STEVE WELLS - Credit: Archant

Nathan Brooks. Photo: STEVE WELLS

Nathan Brooks. Photo: STEVE WELLS - Credit: Archant

Mitchell Kennett drives forward. Photo: STEVE WELLS

Mitchell Kennett drives forward. Photo: STEVE WELLS - Credit: Archant

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