RUGBY UNION: Nathan Brooks’ brace not enough for Ely Tigers as Cambridge 2nds triumph in County Cup last four

Nathan Brooks scored two tries, but it wasn't enough to stop Ely Tigers falling to a 26-12 defeat to

Nathan Brooks scored two tries, but it wasn't enough to stop Ely Tigers falling to a 26-12 defeat to Cambridge 2nds in the County Cup. PHOTO: Steve Wells - Credit: Archant

There will be no County Cup glory for Ely Tigers this season.

The local lads were dumped out of the competition at the semi-finals stage by a superior Cambridge 2nds side, who ran out 26-12 winners at Downham Road.

The higher-level side dotted down the only try of the first half, before Nathan Brooks put Ely in control with a well-taken try of his own early in the second period.

Cambridge dotted down after a rolling maul to restore their advantage, before Brooks stampeded over a group of defenders and dived over the try line.

But that was to be the end of the scoring for Ely who were powerless to halt Cambridge who notched a third converted try to seal their passage into the final.

The Tigers will look to bounce back on March 25 when they return to London Leagues action with a meeting with Basildon.