It was a back and forth first ten minutes with neither side conceding. Finally, the deadlock was broken when Ely gained a penalty in the opposition twenty-two. Man of the match Mitchell Kennett opted for the quick-tap penalty and rumbled his way over the line for a converted try. The Tigers crossed again a few minutes later, the Ely pack mauled the ball forwards, it was brought down before the line and Kennett crashed over for an unconverted try.
In the second half West Norfolk were swinging it wide, eager to get around the Tigers defence. Ely held strong until finally the opposition winger found space to dot down in the corner for an unconverted try. The Tigers then turned defence into attack when the opposition fumbled the ball, Jim Storey scooped it up and sprinted in unopposed. In the final minutes of the game, the Tigers gained a penalty and opted to kick for the corner to try and score the bonus point try. West Norfolk held the rolling maul up and the game ended at 19-5.
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