Solid win away against Crusaders despite low score-line

Jacob Muncey powers through the Crusaders defence

Jacob Muncey powers through the Crusaders defence - Credit: Archant

The Ely Tigers were eager to get points on the board early and make use of the wind advantage.

Nathan Brooks fails to hold on to a pass in the wet conditions

Nathan Brooks fails to hold on to a pass in the wet conditions - Credit: Archant

Crusaders conceded several penalties which allowed the Tigers to kick for the corner.

Nathan Brooks threw the ball in and joined the back of a dominant Tigers maul, they forced their way over to allow Brooks to dot down.

Lory Martin puts in a low tackle

Lory Martin puts in a low tackle - Credit: Archant

The only other score of the half came when ever present Jacob Muncey crashed over for a converted try.

The weather dampened any sort of flowing rugby and the half ended at 14-0 to the Tigers.

Jacob Muncey stops Crusaders

Jacob Muncey stops Crusaders - Credit: Archant


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In the second half constant handling errors stopped Ely from crossing the line.

Finally Mitchell Kennett found space and sprinted up the middle, fending off several would-be tacklers in the process, and dotted down for a converted try. Ely were unable to score the bonus point try and in the last five minutes Crusaders were awarded countless penalties.

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Ely were unable to keep up their solid defence with the constant barrage of attacks and Crusaders finally crossed the line in the last play for an unconverted try.

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