Rugby: Thames fend off Thurrock’s 4th XV

Thurrock 4s 5 v 24 Thames

FROM the kick off Thurrock pinned Thames back into their half, with Thames working hard to try and break out but Thurrock fended off each attempt. After 4 minutes of constant pressure Thames were awarded a line out. Sean Loughran found his jumper and the ball was tapped down to Rhys Dell who fainted to pass then broke free through the Thurrock forwards. Dell continued his jinking run until he couldn’t go any further at which point he passed onto a charging Max Clarke who outstripped the Thurrock full back to run in under the posts. Lee Cairns composed himself and added the extra two points.

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Thames v Thurrock

Thurrock’s attacking line was quick and well drilled but Thames defence was a match for its hosts keeping Thurrock away from their try line. Thames was having to defend as Thurrock clearly had the greater share of territory but Thames also did make some strong breaks into the Thurrock half. Off one of Thames’ breaks they put together a move that left the Thurrock defence wrong footed but the finishing didn’t match the play as the ball was dropped in the process of scoring. A scrum was awarded to Thurrock on their 5 metre line but unlike previous scrums Thurrock’s control let them down and the ball shot out and over their own try line. Scrum half Riaan Booysen reacted before anyone else pouncing on the ball to score Thames 2nd try.

At half time Thames lead 12 points to nil having defended for large parts of the half but having made better use of their breaks.

As Thames got the 2nd half underway they put a lot of pressure on Thurrock and turned over the ball. As Thames broke forward Thurrock managed to stop the attack but a quick recycled ball kept the move flowing. As Thames continued to attack Captain Dan Proctor carried the ball back into the frenzy of players as he attempted

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