Ely unable to turn the screw and end with a draw against unbeaten Stowmarket.

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The Tigers dominated the first half. On debut, man of the match Jacob Muncey found space down the blindside and sprinted in untouched from twenty metres out, for a converted try. Joel Scott Paul was next to get on the scoreboard when Mitchell Kennett dummied one defender, broke through and offloaded for a converted try. Scott Paul added a penalty to bring the score to 17-0 at the break.

Ely continued to dictate the game at the start of the second half. Ely gained a penalty on the opposition five metre and opted to run it. Kennett sucked in the defence for John Dibb to dive over from close range, for an unconverted try. Ely then lost a couple of players to injury and Stowmarket used this to their advantage. The opposition started to run the ball at every opportunity and found space down the wing. They scored four unanswered tries in the space of 30 minutes and were only able to convert one. In the last play of the match Stowmarket had a shot at goal which drifted wide of the posts. The final score: 22-22.

Photographs credit: Steve Wells