Friday, April 19, 2024

Rugby: Thurrock crush Chingford as title challenge keeps rolling


Thurrock travelled to Riverside, the home of Chingford where their overall record has not been one of the best with 3 enforced changes which see the return of Sam Porter for his first start of the seasons at the expense of Earl Gorman away with the police, and infected bite and injury kept out Ben Stanley and Aston Bevans-Royston. But it did not stop the visitors burying the long standing voodoo with great aplomb.

Mark Sullivan stepped into a centre partnership with Mike Stanley and looked like it was a seasoned partnership, and ever reliable Christian Rate took over the propping duties. However spectators did not expect a score line of such magnitude with the only score in the first 30 minutes of the game was a Boughtwood penalty for Chingford. Despite lots of Thurrock pressure the home defence remained tenacious keeping themselves in the game. But just after the half hour mark Thurrock made the deserved breakthrough, as the constant pressure finally told, Mike Stanley, scored under the posts, and added the conversion. The visitors increased their lead when a perfectly timed run through the backline line from full back Darryl Worster to score under the posts, Stanley added the extra’s with the conversion to give Thurrock a 14-3 half time lead.

No one could have expected such one way traffic in the second half, following the coaches half time team talk where they believed the players had underperformed the players responded accordingly. They showed much more vigour and were rewarded with 7 unanswered tries in what was an outstanding 40 minutes of rugby. Tries came at regular intervals with some excellent running from both forwards and backs. Michael Stanley added three more tries to the one he scored in the first half, the last of which was a sublime chip from fly half Ian Rudgeley straight to the arms of Stanley to score under the posts. Man of the match Darryl Worster also added a second, which capped probably his best match this season and the deserved man of the match accolade. Garth Tucker was the only forward to score and winger Nat Farrell grabbed himself a couple as Chingford tired and Farrell’s pace exploited the room.


Stanley added five second half conversion’s to record a personal tally of 34 points. The win put’s Thurrock back to the top of the league following Colchester’s defeat at Eton Manor and can go into a week off with great confidence before their next league game at home to Old Colfeians on 3rd December




TEAM: Worster. Porter, Sullivan, M.Stanley, Farrell, Rudgeley, Cook, North, S.Rate, C.Rate, Cooper-Hicks, Kyle Tucker, Garth Tucker, Timson, Rettigan

Rep: Russo, Yeomans, Barrand



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