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Rugby: Upper Clapton go down to Ipswich

Rugby / Mon 11th Sep 2017 at 07:18pm

Upper Clapton

IPSWICH 33 V 22 EPPING UPPER CLAPTON RFC

Game week 1 came around and old adversaries Ipswich presented themselves as EUCRFC’s first potentially tough opponent .Pre-season had been positive, optimism was high and EUCRFC were committed to playing and developing graduates from their thriving junior section. Saturday’s starting 15 had 4 colts from last year and a further 2 were on the bench.

The game started and that optimism took an early hit! Ipswich had a 7 point lead with a converted try within the first couple of minutes. Epping had to respond to compete. A good set piece move resulted in Mitch Sinfield crossing for a converted try and brought the scores level. The EUCRFC forwards took the initiative and started to establish a solid platform in the game. This control produced an all field total team effort and resulted in Clapton taking the lead for the first time in the game. Clapton’s No.8.scored the try and No.10 Mitch Dins added a second successful conversion.

Half time came and went and yet again Ipswich was the quickest to respond, levelling up the scores. However it was EUCRFC who managed the next 2 scores; a Din’s penalty was followed by a passage of multi-phased rugby which was rewarded with a try wide out for debutant Nick Conway. The conversion attempt on this occasion was missed.

Clapton held on to the lead until into the last 10 minutes of the game despite the home team pulling up to just one point behind with a further try. EUCRFC were at this point deservedly ahead; for the first 70 minutes they had been the better team with solid line out and scrum bases although they had been guilty of overturning possession at the breakdown a few too many times.

The last few minutes however belonged to Ipswich. The home team’s quality winger crossed out wide to get them ahead and in the dying minutes a further converted try completed the scoring at 33-21 in Ipswich’s favour.

As frustrating as it was for EUCRFC to come away empty handed, they can reflect on a good performance from a young developing team. They will also be heartened to know that some more experienced players will be available this week to add to this squad as they take on Wanstead in the first home fixture of the season.

TEAM: J. Howat, J. Parkin, N. Trevellion, O. Stokes, L. Edwards, L. Rogers, D. Griggs, M. Sinfield, A. Unstead, M. Din, J. Watson, H. Barker, N. Conway, J. Glass, N. Trower, L. Dobbin, D. Knight, G. Gumuci

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