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Eton Manor
Rochford Hundred
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Tries
A Justice, a ferrier, J Allen, C Shields, J Kellard
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Conversions
S Jay
Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

NEARLY THERE

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Report by Graham Pratt

Unlike three weeks ago at North Walsham this was not a game to remember as the team looked rusty after not playing since then.

The conditions were good, and Eton Manor’s artificial surface made for an expensive, fast match but Rochford’s timing and finishing was not up to par and points were left on the pitch at the end of this frustrating encounter.

The home outfit were a spirited and lively side and took their chances when they came but were outplayed for the most part in the set scrummage and creamed at the lineouts.

Where they were good at was a strong defence and counterattack which paid dividends in the latter part of the second half.

Rochford started well and their forward power built up territory and possession to allow full back Alfie Justice to run in for an early try. More forward pressure saw strong hooker adam ferrier force his way over the line for another try to take the score to 10 – 0 to the visitors. Unfortunately, an early leg muscle injury to prop Lewis Brunger did not help but replacement michael guess filled the gap more than adequately.

More points could have been added but some sloppy handling and wrong options kept the score line the same until Manor broke away to score a try of their own.

Late in the first half big second row Jodie Allen crashed over for Rochford’s third try and scrum half Steven Jay converted to take Rochford’s lead to 17 – 5 at the break.

More of the same in the second session with the Rochford pack dominating the scrummage and the likes of Harry Hudson and particularly Jamie Douglas winning plenty of good line out ball.

The visitors pushed hard to get their bonus point try and number eight Chris Shields, returning from injury, duly obliged by forcing his way over to score the fourth try.

Mistakes were creepy into the Essex Boys game and a number of errors frustrated Rochford’s efforts to gain more points. Thankfully James Kellard came to the rescue with a well taken try and with the score line at 27 – 5 it looked as if a bigger margin would now develop.

Unfortunately for Rochford this was not to be the case as Eton Manor soaked up the pressure and waited their chance to counter attack. Their first break came, and they took possession and ran in for a converted try to reduce the deficit to 27 – 12.

To add insult to injury late in the game Manor, once again, took their second chance and ran in for another converted try to finish off proceedings.

Rochford obtained their goal of a bonus point win but felt a little deflated and critical of themselves for not performing as they know they can.

It was not all doom and gloom as the team played some good rugby with forwards and backs combining well creating many chances to score more points.

Next week another away trip to Old Priorians over in West London when, all being well, they could be crowned champions but counting chickens come to mind and they know that they will need to step up a gear or so to ensure their goal.

Key moments

9:00
Try Alfie Justice scores for Rochford Hundred
18:00
Try adam ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
29:00
Try Try for Eton Manor
38:00
Try Jody Allen scores for Rochford Hundred
39:00
Conversion Steve Jay kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
46:00
Try Chris Shields scores for Rochford Hundred
62:00
Try James Kellard scores for Rochford Hundred
74:00
Try Try for Eton Manor
75:00
Conversion Conversion for Eton Manor
77:00
Try Try for Eton Manor
78:00
Conversion Conversion for Eton Manor

Highlights

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78:00 Conversion 19 - 27
Conversion for Eton Manor
77:00 Try 17 - 27
Try for Eton Manor
75:00 Conversion 12 - 27
Conversion for Eton Manor
74:00 Try 10 - 27
Try for Eton Manor
70:00 Sub On
Norbertas Radzevicius is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
70:00 Sub Off
William Ferrier is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
62:00 Try 5 - 27
James Kellard scores for Rochford Hundred
59:00 Sub Off
Norbertas Radzevicius is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
59:00 Sub On
Stuart Whatling is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
59:00 Sub Off
Chris Shields is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
59:00 Sub On
Alfie Justice is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
49:00 Yellow Card
Jody Allen is yellow carded for Rochford Hundred
48:00 Sub On
James Kellard is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
48:00 Sub Off
Stuart Whatling is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
46:00 Try 5 - 22
Chris Shields scores for Rochford Hundred
40:00 Sub On
Danny Cleare is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
40:00 Sub Off
Alfie Justice is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 5 - 17
Steve Jay kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
38:00 Try 5 - 15
Jody Allen scores for Rochford Hundred
29:00 Try 5 - 10
Try for Eton Manor
18:00 Try 0 - 10
adam ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
10:00 Sub On
michael guess is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
10:00 Sub Off
Lewis Brunger is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
9:00 Try 0 - 5
Alfie Justice scores for Rochford Hundred
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As it happened

  • Eton Manor
  • Rochford Hundred
  • 0
  • Alfie Justice Try 9:00'
  • Lewis Brunger Sub Off 10:00'
  • michael guess Sub On 10:00'
  • adam ferrier Try 18:00'
  • Try 29:00'
  • Jody Allen Try 38:00'
  • Steve Jay Conversion 39:00'
  • Alfie Justice Sub Off 40:00'
  • Danny Cleare Sub On 40:00'
  • Chris Shields Try 46:00'
  • Stuart Whatling Sub Off 48:00'
  • James Kellard Sub On 48:00'
  • Jody Allen Yellow Card 49:00'
  • Alfie Justice Sub On 59:00'
  • Stuart Whatling Sub On 59:00'
  • Norbertas Radzevicius Sub Off 59:00'
  • Chris Shields Sub Off 59:00'
  • James Kellard Try 62:00'
  • William Ferrier Sub Off 70:00'
  • Norbertas Radzevicius Sub On 70:00'
  • Try 74:00'
  • Conversion 75:00'
  • Try 77:00'
  • Conversion 78:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Rochford Hundred 26 130
2. Colchester 26 115
3. North Walsham 26 109
4. Old Haberdashers 26 80
5. H.A.C. 26 78
6. Southend Saxons 26 67
7. Amersham & Chiltern 26 65

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