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1st XV - Match centre

Rochford Hundred
Ipswich
M Stewart (3), m billings (5), S Fombo (2), S Edwards
Tries
T Ashton (7)
Conversions
Sat 6 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 North East Full time

IMPRESSIVE START FOR SECOND PART OF SEASON

Report by Graham Pratt

Rochford could not have asked for a better start after Christmas to keep up their challenge for the league title with this emphatic victory.

What was also pleasing was they did not concede a point to the opposition. The home side hit the ground running with an exhibition of fast, running rugby mixed with some powerful forward play and they could have scored more points in doing so.

Another master class in attacking full back play from mark billings was a joy to watch as he went over for five tries. Captain Matt Stewart, playing on the wing, also had an excellent game running in three tries.

RHRFC vs Ipswich 6th November 2018
138 photos

Two tries from second row Sam Fombo and another by the other wing Sam Edwards made a total of eleven tries and centre Tom Ashton added seven conversions.

Ipswich tried to compete all match, but it was a very big ask as all their efforts were nullified by strong Rochford defence and counterattack.

Stewart opened the scoring in the first few minutes with a well taken opportunist try and then it was just a steady flow of scores to take the lead to 43-0 at the half time break.

The second session was a more stop start affair with the whistle being blown for numerous offences which upset the rhythm of play but still allowed a further 26 points added to the board.

The Rochford set scrum looked strong and aggressive whilst the lineout was, once again, dominated by Luke Court–Rhind and Sam Fombo ably assisted at the back by flanker Stuart Whatling.

With plenty of good, fast ball the Rochford backs enjoyed their afternoon running at pace and when there was a breakdown it was the Rochford loose forwards that won and turned ball over on many occasions.

Due credit to the Suffolk outfit who fought hard all game and had periods of pressure but in the end, it was Rochford’s day.

It was good to see hooker Tom Corbet make a welcome return to the side and for recent signings Lewis Brunger and Ben Johnson who both showed that they are settling into the team well.

The only downer was a calf injury to super prop Craig Strachan who might have to miss a couple of games, but we shall have to wait and see.

Next week away to Cambridge side Cantabrigians

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Key moments

2:00
Try Matt Stewart scores for Rochford Hundred
6:00
Try mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
6:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
11:00
Try Sam Fombo scores for Rochford Hundred
11:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
16:00
Try Sam Fombo scores for Rochford Hundred
23:00
Try mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
23:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
35:00
Try mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
39:00
Try mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
39:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
50:00
Try Matt Stewart scores for Rochford Hundred
50:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
60:00
Try mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
60:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
62:00
Try Samuel Edwards scores for Rochford Hundred
79:00
Try Matt Stewart scores for Rochford Hundred
79:00
Conversion Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred

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RHRFC vs Ipswich 6th November 2018
138 photos

Highlights

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79:00 Conversion 69 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
79:00 Try 67 - 0
Matt Stewart scores for Rochford Hundred
78:00 Yellow Card
Ben Johnson is yellow carded for Rochford Hundred
63:00 Sub Off
Samuel Edwards is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
63:00 Sub On
Ricki Gould is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
62:00 Try 62 - 0
Samuel Edwards scores for Rochford Hundred
60:00 Try 55 - 0
mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
60:00 Conversion 57 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
52:00 Sub On
Samuel Edwards is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
52:00 Sub Off
Ricki Gould is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
50:00 Conversion 50 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
50:00 Try 48 - 0
Matt Stewart scores for Rochford Hundred
49:00 Sub On
David Rufai is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
49:00 Sub Off
Sam Fombo is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
43:00 Sub On
Steve Jay is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
43:00 Sub Off
Samuel Edwards is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
42:00 Yellow Card
Ricki Gould is yellow carded for Rochford Hundred
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 43 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
39:00 Try 41 - 0
mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
35:00 Try 36 - 0
mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
34:00 Sub On
Ricky Wiseman is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
34:00 Sub Off
Craig Strachan is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
23:00 Try 29 - 0
mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
23:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
16:00 Try 24 - 0
Sam Fombo scores for Rochford Hundred
11:00 Try 17 - 0
Sam Fombo scores for Rochford Hundred
11:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
6:00 Try 10 - 0
mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
6:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Tom Ashton kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
2:00 Try 5 - 0
Matt Stewart scores for Rochford Hundred
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Rochford Hundred
  • Ipswich
  • 0
  • Matt Stewart Try 2:00'
  • mark billings Try 6:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 6:00'
  • Sam Fombo Try 11:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 11:00'
  • Sam Fombo Try 16:00'
  • mark billings Try 23:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 23:00'
  • Ricky Wiseman Sub On 34:00'
  • Craig Strachan Sub Off 34:00'
  • mark billings Try 35:00'
  • mark billings Try 39:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 39:00'
  • Ricki Gould Yellow Card 42:00'
  • Steve Jay Sub On 43:00'
  • Samuel Edwards Sub Off 43:00'
  • David Rufai Sub On 49:00'
  • Sam Fombo Sub Off 49:00'
  • Matt Stewart Try 50:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 50:00'
  • Samuel Edwards Sub On 52:00'
  • Ricki Gould Sub Off 52:00'
  • mark billings Try 60:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 60:00'
  • Samuel Edwards Try 62:00'
  • Ricki Gould Sub On 63:00'
  • Samuel Edwards Sub Off 63:00'
  • Ben Johnson Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Matt Stewart Try 79:00'
  • Tom Ashton Conversion 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Rochford Hundred 22 110
2. Sudbury 22 93
3. Norwich 22 76
4. Wanstead 22 75
5. Harlow 22 47
6. Ipswich 22 46
7. Romford & Gidea Park 22 43

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