Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Rugby: Bumper crowd see Thurrock blaze a trail in the sun



Thurrock’s new league season got off to a flying start with victory over Ruislip at Oakfield on Saturday. A large crowd bathing in sunshine were present to witness an excellent game of rugby with visitors playing their part, with some hard hitting forward play. The game got off to a perfect start when Garth Tucker squeezed over the line after just 5 minutes after sustained early pressure by the home side. But the lead did not last very long as a couple of defensive mistakes put Thurrock on the back foot and from a succession of line outs back-row Whale wriggled over to level the scores. Thurrock however looked the most likely and Michael Stanley added two penalties to regain the lead, he then added a well worked try which he converted himself to put Thurrock well in control of the match.

Despite boasting 6 new players Thurrock looked a well drilled team thanks to their hard pre-season training but at the start of the second half a yellow card for Aaron Woodward gave the visitors a sniff to claw their way back into the game, in the period when down to 14 Thurrock conceded two tries from Green and O’Leary the later being converted by Matthams. Thurrock did however manage a further penalty from Stanley to keep their noses in front.

But when back to the full compliment Thurrock took back charge of the game and Michael Stanley and Jake Barrand scored further tries with the former try being converted. Thurrock were now rampant and changed all 3 replacements with 10 minutes remaining, and almost within seconds of coming on Mark Sullivan looked odds on to score but was body checked as he would have won the chase from his chip over, the Ruislip full back lucky to escape a yellow card, however justice was done when from the resultant line out a set move worked a treat and Ben Timson went over in the corner. The game was the wrapped up in the closing minutes when a great run from man of the match Nat Farrell see him give a great pass to Michael Stanley who scored under the post’s to give him his hat trick of tries and a personal tally of 30 points to get the season off to a flying start.

TEAM: Worster, Farrell, B.Stanley, M.Stanley, Barrand (Sullivan 69m), Rudgeley, Cook, North, Durrance, Bevans-Royston (Rate 69m), Woodward, Boshier, Timson, Tucker (Nunn 69m), Rettigan

This week THURROCK visit BRENTWOOD Kick Off at Brentwood is 3pm, the ground is opposite Masons Restaurant


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