Ely crossed the whitewash within the first few minutes of the game. Charlie Coupland darted through the opposition defence, similar to last week’s score, and dotted down for a converted try. The Tigers crossed again moments later when Matt McCarthy dived over in the corner from a clever counterattack. The Tigers began to concede penalties which halted the scoring for several minutes. Ely showed a solid defensive display to keep out Thetford when they kicked for the corner several times. In the end they opted to go for the three points. The Tigers got back on the scoreboard when man of the match Oscar Edwards shipped the ball wide and an impressive flick-pass from fly-half Ryan Clark put Joel Scott Paul into the corner for an unconverted try.
In the second half Ely came out of the blocks. Jacob Muncey scored a brace of tries. Nathan Brooks somehow ripped the ball from the opposition and dotted down when Thetford tried to run it out of their five-metre line. Thomas Jackson ran straight through the defence after a splendid dummy and crashed over for a converted try. In the dying minutes of the game Jackson was involved again when he cut a line straight through but was brought down before the twenty-two, he was able to get the offload to McCarthy who weaved his way to the try line to finish the game at 52-3 to Ely.
Press release from Ely Tigers Rugby Club
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