London 1 (North)
THURROCK 57 v 7 ROCHFORD
THURROCK returned to league action after an enforced two week break and they did it in style in front of another good crowd bolstered by a pre match VP Lunch and not put off by a wet start to the match. Opponents Rochford nearly beat Thurrock early in October but this time Thurrock made no mistake defeating their opponents by scoring nine tries to one.
The layoff meant that Thurrock welcomed back captain Darryl Worster to the fray, and winning the toss they hoped to use the strong wind to their advantage. It took a short time for either side to gain control but it was talisman Mike Stanley that made a fantastic break and his perfectly timed long pass gave Sam Boshell the chance to run into the corner. Thurrock took complete control of the remainder of the first half with tries from Ben Stanley, Bradleigh Retigan and Frankie Neale, who failed to convert any of tries all scored wide out against a very strong breeze, thus giving the home side a 20 point advantage and a bonus point already in the bank.
The second period was much the same as the first, plenty of spirit shown by the visitors, with very little to show, as early tries from Ben Stanley and Darryl Worster both converted by Frankie Neale put Thurrock in an unassailable lead. Rochford did manage to create a score when their captain Stewart scored, and the Ashton converted off of the crossbar.
Thurrock then brought fresh legs on at this point with a triple substitution and they added the impetus to push the score along again, first of the forwards whose hard work all afternoon fashioned a try for them with hooker Reece Durrance scoring his first try for the club, then Nathan Farrell and Earl Gorman both went over for the icing on the cake, proving that rugby has rapidly become an 18 man game, Neale added two more conversions to complete the scoring.
This was a great all round performance with the back row of Timson, Russo and Rettigan were all in outstanding form as a unit, undoubtedly all men of the match. With Colchester losing at Letchworth, Thurrock now find themselves 12 points clear and the twice postponed game is now this week meaning that Thurrock face 3 away games on the trot.
TEAM: Worster, Boshell (Farrell 65m), B.Stanley (Gorman 65m), M.Stanley, Neale Rudgeley, Cook, North, Durrance, Bevans-Royston (S.Rate 65m) Loka, Cooper-Hicks, Timson, Russo, Rettigan
This week Thurrock travel to COLCHESTER in the top of the table clash. Kick off at Mill Road is at 2.15pm due to England v Wales game kick off at 4pm. Coach leaves at 11.30