Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Rugby: Big crowd sees Thurrock win nail-biter

Thurrock Rugby

Thurrock 32 v 31 Chichester

THURROCK came from behind to record their third consecutive league win in front of a healthy crowd boosted by the first VP’s lunch of the season.

On the field, the day belonged to two players, debutant Dan Stone and Sam Stanley. Stone scored three tries, Stanley one and kicked a further seven points, with Joss Nunn adding Thurrock’s other try.

The game started so well for the home side playing into the wind. Henry Bird made a hit tackle in midfield, he scooped up the loose ball and quick hands gave Stone the space to print in to score and lead 5-0

But then the visitors belied their lowly league position and dominated the rest of the half and scored three unanswered tries two of which was converted to lead 19-5 and all was going wrong for the home side

It did not start off much better in the second half as in the opening minutes Thurrock conceded a fourth try and now trailed by 26-5 and staring defeat.

But the home side regrouped and Stanley wriggled over then Stone added his second this time converted and the Nunn went over following good work from the forwards Stanley’s conversion made it 24-26 and he then converted a penalty to retake the lead.

Thurrock, leading by the narrowest of margins with Stone adding his third in the corner Thurrock took a six point lead

But there was still a twist as Thurrock concede a catch and drive in the corner the conversion could put the visitors in from but much to the relief of the crowd the conversion was wide.

Two minutes to run the clock down was successful and Thurrock’s five point hail saw them rise to sixth.

This week away to highflying Brighton kick off is 2.30pm


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