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

PUBLISHED: 15:31 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 13 March 2017

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

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

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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.

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