Wisbech kicked off and regained the ball. The Tigers held them out of their twenty-two with solid defence from the whole team. The heavens opened but this didn’t stop Ely’s attack, they forced their way into the opposition twenty-two. Wisbech conceded a penalty for lying on the ball in the ruck and Joel Scott Paul opted for posts and added the three points. A moment later, Ely were on the offense on the half way line. Alex Milne chipped ahead to counter the opposition’s blitz defence, Scott Paul caught it on the bounce, stepped one defender and sprinted in for a converted try. Before the end of the half, Scott Paul added another penalty after Wisbech were penalised for a neck roll.
In the second half the rain subsided and Ely were eager to run the ball about. Ely gained a penalty and kicked for the corner, the Ely forwards rumbled the ball up and Mitchell Kennett ran a superb line, directly between two players and smashed over the line for a converted try. Afterwards Wisbech knocked on the door of the Tiger’s try line. Ely conceded a penalty for offside and lost a player to the sin bin for repeat infringements. The opposition opted for the corner and mauled the ball towards the Tigers’ try line. The Tigers were able to halt the maul but the ball was forced up the middle and the Wisbech forwards crashed through the Ely defence for a converted try. The Tigers, still one man down, found themselves in the opposition twenty-two. Alfie Ramswell slapped the ball back in the line-out, Scott Paul found a gap in the loose play and man of the match Nathan Brooks ran a wonderful inside line to cut straight through the defence and touch down for an unconverted try. Unable to gain a bonus point with a fourth try, the match ended at 25-7 to the Tigers.
Ely Tigers next home game is Saturday 23rd September 2017 against Lowestoft & Yarmouth
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