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Rugby: Upper Clapton produce impressive victory against Chelmsford

Rugby / Thu 26th Oct 2017 at 12:39pm

Clapton Oct

CLAPTON’S VICTORY A REAL BONUS
EPPING UPPER CLAPTON RFC 44 V 12 CHELMSFORD RFC

BOTH these clubs had their issues prior to this game which matched the two basement sides of London NE2. EUCRFC had revamped their coaching structure and Chelmsford were in the midst of a horror run on long term injuries. Given the circumstances and a very strong wind, quality rugby was always going to be at a premium.

Clapton had the wind behind them for the first period but it was Chelmsford who started the better. Their scrum was very competitive all game and initially it was providing a solid base for them to make good progress from. However such was the strength of the breeze, clever kicking would however send them back to their own half.

On TWO such occasions EUCRFC’s Mitch Dins slotted over penalty kicks whilst in response Chelmsford gained due reward for their efforts when their winger showed a clean pair of heels to the home defence to score in the corner.

This game signalled the return to the Clapton ranks of Tim Matthews and a home debut for Kiwi Dan Jones. Des Griggs stepping up from the subs bench also had his best game in a Clapton shirt. Better on field leadership and decision making along with the elements resulted in EUCRFC scoring 3 tries in quick succession. First Cam Furlong powered over followed by Harry Barker and then Luke Everard, with Dins converting a couple. Half time it was 25-5 in Clapton’s favour. Was it enough into such a strong wind?

The second half started and further bad luck for Chelmsford on the injury front meant that they lost both their half backs. In the mire of the disruption, EUCRFC pounced. Sinfield scored the first of a brace of tries off the back of a scrum and Dan Jones took advantage of the midfield mayhem to streak away for another. Chelmsford did manage a converted try of their own during sustained pressure whilst Clapton had a player in the Sin Bin.

EUCRFC completed the scoring with Sinfield’s second score, Dins adding 2 more second half conversions to complete Clapton’s first bonus point victory of the season. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it was progress. Momentum may now work in their favour as a positive factor for the near future when fellow stragglers Cantabs and Woodford present themselves as their next two lots of opposition.

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