Enfield Ignatians RFC

Enfield Ignatians RFC

ENFIELD IGNATIANS COLTS 5 THURROCK COLTS 12

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ENFIELD IGNATIANS succumbed for the third time this year to a visiting team by the same scoreline after Thurrock stole the hosts' thunder in a scrappy encounter at Donkey Lane, writes Jonathan Landi.

In a game characterised by multiple errors, and with the whistle of referee Martin Baker in frequent use, Ignatians began briskly but failed to capitalise by struggling to break out of their own half.

Despite having a weight advantage, Ignatians' body positions were too high in the set scrums, and consequently Thurrock were able to pinch a couple of strikes against the head. Rob Quinlan and Jamie Forrester breaks also fizzled out as the hosts all too frequently ran into heavy traffic rather than making use of the three-quarter line.

Consequently, a lively Thurrock side which looked very comfortable with the ball in hand, broke the deadlock after the lively outside centre barged his way over to make it 5-0 at the break.

Coach James Marshall rung the changes at the break and they initially paid off after Kevin Coke's effort levelled the scores. After the ball went loose from a scrum, and the advantage law applied, Ignatians opened up via the backline which created the platform for the centre to prosper.

This was a crucial period, and although the conversion was missed, Ignatians won a string of penalties but failed to press on. Tunnel vision syndrome set-in with the hosts all too keen to get bogged down in trench warfare rather than making full use of their resources and particularly so out wide. Sophistication never got a look-in.

On a more positive note there was some good work in the lineout by adam baxter, and when tested, good tackles by Ohio Dudu-Orumen and Danny Chapman, by-and-large kept Ignatians line in tact.

Subsequently, a winnable game passed Ignatians by, and, in a rare Thurrock attack close to the Ignatians' 22, the visitors spun the ball wide and, with the centre again running a very cute angle, the decisive try and conversion tipped the balance the other way.

Coach James Marshall said: "It was a game in which we {Ignatians} never got going and Thurrock were also quicker to the breakdown than we were."

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