Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Thurrock 57 v 3 Harlow

Thurrock again entertained their VP for the final lunch of the season, and produced some scintillating rugby to record a fine win. The writing was on the wall for the visitors from as early as the 5th minute when Darryl Worster finely timed run saw him burst through to score, Aaron Burns added the conversion. Dan Carey quickly added another try, following some fine probing forward surges he finished off by scoring in the corner. Burns was just wide with his conversion effort. Harlow then added a penalty from the boot of Dobson, but that turned out to be their only success of the afternoon.

The Thurrock players were starting to enjoy themselves no more than prop Stefan North who made three or four fantastic runs creating quick ball for the backs. It was from one his runs that Bradleigh Rettigan that got his name on the score sheet, offering great support as the home sides backs began to use the space created with some fine inter passing, allowing the Thurrock No 8 to score, Burns added the conversion, It was then Worster adding his second just on the stroke of half time to make the score 24-3 at the interval.

Any thought that Thurrock would rest on their laurels were soon shelved has Rettigan broke through the home defence to score his second try of the afternoon, Burns added the extra’s before Rettigan was replaced by Tom Howells due to a sore calf. It was then that man Worster again to score in the corner to complete his hat trick, and take his league tally of tries to 21, Harlow must hate the sight of him as before Christmas he recorded 5 in the win away, so 8 in total against them. Late replacement Ben Madden was next on the score sheet and his overall performance was outstanding, With Burns adding the conversion before being replaced by Ben Gray making his return to 1st XV rugby after a 2 year absence. The last 10 minutes Thurrock played some great stuff and Ben Stanley and Ben Madden right on the stroke of full time added further tries both converted by Madden to record a fine win.

Proceeds from the VP Lunch and raffle went towards ‘Help for Heroes’ and a great effort from them raised a sum of £900 to a great cause.

Team Darryl Worster, Sam Porter, Ben Madden, Ben Stanley, Nathan Farrell, Ian Rudgely, Aaron Burns, Stefan North, Dan Carey, Billy Smith, Andy Kettleton, Aaron Woodward, Rob Batho, Ben Timson, Brad Rettigan Rep: Dave Stevens, Tom Howells, Ben Gray

This Week Thurrock travel to Henham to play SAFFRON WALDEN coach leaves the Club at 12.00 (Noon


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