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2nd XV - Match centre

Enfield Ignatians RFC
Ampthill IVs
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - League Full time

BROWNE HAT-TRICK UNDERPINS FINE START TO THE SEASON

writes Jonathan Landi

Herts-Middlesex Merit Table Two

BROWNE HAT-TRICK UNDERPINS FINE START TO THE SEASON

ENFIELD IGNATIANS IIs 34 AMPTHILL IVs 15

Enfield Ignatians IIs have made a very strong start to the season which was further emphasised in the rousing 34-15 win over last season’s league and cup winners Ampthill IVs despite the foul conditions at Donkey Lane.

Now unbeaten in three league games, the twos’ self-confidence found its full expression in a hat-trick of tries from Ryan Browne, plus one from Rondel Bernard, and 14 points off the tee from Paul Duke.

Paul Duke said: “It was the best win of our three league wins this season. We anticipated a tough game but we came through it with flying colours.Obviously hat-trick hero Ryan Browne had a storming game although Seyi Adeosun was our Man of the Match for his excellent carries. Lukas Yoxall and Lewis White also had immense games.”

True to their pedigree, Ampthill came flying out of the blocks and were first on the scoreboard but Ignatians matched them stride for stride, with the speedy winger Browne providing the equalising score, as he comfortably outpaced his opposite number.

The big ball carriers of the visitors made their presence felt with a second try but they could never escape on the scoreboard as Ignatians were intent on keeping them on a tight rein in the wind and the rain.

Capitalising on turnover ball, Ignatians also managed to fashion a very well-worked second try with Calum Middleton playing in right winger Rondel Bernard.

Both tries were converted and, with Duke adding a penalty by way of a bonus, Ignatians found themselves 17-10 in front at the break.

The Browne ‘show’ continued in the second period. His searing pace continued to torment Ampthill, and he rounded off in style with a hat-trick of tries – two of which were landed after the interval. Although he was given a big helping hand in one of the scores by experienced centre Phil Tucker running a neat decoy line. This enabled Browne to again show his finishing qualities by rifling clean through a gap between the fly-half and centre - in amove which had all the hallmarks of a training ground move.

Ampthill claimed a third try to move to within nine points at one point, but Ignatians continued to hurt them on the scoreboard, and with Duke’s booting also kicking-in again – he potted six kicks from seven - they never looked back.

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