Rugby: Thurrock battle hard against tough Tring


THURROCK suffered another defeat on the road at Cow Lane, but it could have been oh so different the early moments proved to be amarker for the rest of the game has the referee penalised the Thurrock forwards on three occasions giving the home side a 9-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, all from the boot of Mitchell.

But Thurrock bounced back and from turnover ball Thurrock broke and fed Jake Barrand down the blind side and the winger was stopped just short of the line. From the resultant line out Thurrock disrupted the line out and the forwards started to dominate up front and we're rewarded when No8 Bradleigh Retigan went over from the base of the scrum, Frankie Neale added the conversion. A fracas off the ball led to a player from both sides being sent to the bin, at the same time prop Lewis Brunger had to leave the field with a sprained ankle, but it led to two more home side tries from Newton and Wattleworth the former being converted by Mitchell, however the later was shrouded in controversy from a line out that did not go the required 5 metres despite protests the referee allowed the try to stand.

Neale reduced the arrears on the stroke of half time with a well taken penalty for the home side to lead 21-10 at the break.

The second half again started in another controversial incident when TRING back row was sent off for a spear tackle although the Thurrock player was unhurt the referee incited intent and being the second yellow turned into a red. The home side scored early through a Barnes try, Mitchell enjoying a good afternoon with the boot added the conversion. But then Thurrock stormed back with the Thurrock full back Frankie Neale adding two converted tries to bring the visitors within 4 points at 28-24

But further strange penalty call put Thurrock again on the backfoot and Tauasosi scored by the posts with Mitchell adding a conversion and a penalty, but it was that man Neale again scored another try which he converted himself, and to gain a bonus point forThurrock scoring 4 tries, and an extra point for being within 7 points.

But the home side had the last word with moments to go Michalski scored a try wide out after an infringement at the scrum which Thurrock had dominated all afternoon the referee again was in the spotlight reversing the free kick for chat. Mitchell converted to run salt into the wound and the scoreline rather flattered the home side.

Team: Neale, Farrell, Skelton, Sullivan, Barrand, Meek, Jones, Brunger, Durrance, Bevans-Royston, Loka, Banks, Flavin, Russo, Retigan
Rep Hulse, Worsfold, Ellis

This week Thurrock are HOME to BARNES kick off 3pm

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