Wymondham hadn’t lost at home for 15 months, of which the last defeat was against the Tigers. Wymondham came out of the blocks and scored in the first minute of the game, the ball was forced wide from the scrum and the opposition full-back darted around the Tigers defence and stepped inside the last defender for an unconverted try. Ely fought back after the restart and added points of their own when man of the match Luke Wileman went in under the posts after Matt McCarthy held the last defender.
Soon after McCarthy put Wileman in again for a converted try in the corner when broken play saw Tigers run amok. Wymondham were penalised several times and Joel Scott Paul added 3 points after a couple of unsuccessful attempts. Ely conceded another try before the end of the half after they were penalised for offside, Wymondham kicked for the corner and set up a rolling maul. The Tigers held them off their line but an opposition forward picked and dived over the ruck for an unconverted try.
Ely dominated the second half, the forwards rumbled it up the middle and points finally came when Wymondham were penalised for holding on in the ruck, Scott Paul added another three points. The Tigers forward interplay continued to crumble the opposition defence. Ely created a rolling maul on the five metre an drove it over the line only to be held up, a dominant scrum followed where Matt Ings picked and went straight over the opposition defender for a converted try. Wymondham were able to fight back and forced the ball wide where their winger touched down in the corner for an unconverted try.
Ely finally got the bonus point after a neat little up and under from McCarthy that he recollected, the ball then went through numerous hands before Scott Paul dummied the last defender and touched down under the posts for a converted try. Wymondham fought hard for a losing bonus point but the Tigers were able to hold them at bay, the final score 34-17 to Ely.
Ely remain unbeaten and return to action against the Crusaders on Saturday 7th October 2017 with kick off at 3pm. The bar will be open from 2pm and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy an afternoon of Rugby and admission is free.
There is still opportunity for local companies to get involved with sponsoring the Ely Tigers with various packages available to suit every budget.
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