Ely suffered their first defeat of the season away at Southwold, in 45mph winds, the opposition opted to go against the wind the first half. They were certainly up for it, within the first minutes they had crossed over the Ely try line for an unconverted try. Moments later Southwold conceded a penalty for putting their hands in the ruck. The Tigers opted for the posts and Joel Scott Paul slotted the kick. Southwold then came back with another unconverted try.
Due to the wind the game was end-to-end and Ely found themselves on the opposition twenty-two. They were given the penalty advantage but didn’t need it when the ball was shipped down the blindside to John Dibb who scooted down the wing for a converted try. Southwold added another try before the end of the half.
In the second half, Ely were constantly hammering at the Southwold try line but were unable to transfer possession into points, they lost the ball and Southwold used the wind to clear their lines. Ely also lost several players to head injuries and at one point went down to 14 men. Southwold then finished Ely off with several tries. The Tigers were able to score a third try when Tom Jackson touched down in the corner after quick hands from the backs. The final score: 39-15 to Southwold.
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