UNFORTUNATELY, injuries had, once again, hindered preparation and Academy Manager, Ben Stanley was prepared to come out of semi-retirement reports Thurrock Rugby Club.
The ever-reliable Stanley joined forces with Angus Poole to form a new midfield partnership with Alfie Bailey having another run-out on the wing.
Lawrence Brown, who has had a breakthrough season, was a notable absentee and Dan Ulph reverted to his more customary position of hooker in the day of his 50th appearance for our 1st XV. A huge milestone for the impressive young man.
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