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3rd XV - Match centre

Enfield Ignatians 3XV
Biggleswade 2XV
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 3 Full time

THREES REFLECT ON THE POSITIVES AS YOUNGSTERS CONTINUE TO SHINE

ENFIELD IGNATIANS IIIs 17 - BIGGLESWADE IIS 29 HERTS-MIDDLESEX MERIT TABLE THREE

The threes continue to give a good account of themselves and, although they ultimately lost the game, Steve Renny opined that the result was "a massive improvement" in the terms of performance level against the same opposition compared to last season.

Despite the positive beginnings, Ignatians suffered on the scoreboard as the more structured Biggleswade IIs imposed their patterns of play by scoring two converted tries.However, the blue and golds kept beavering away and were rewarded after the forwards cleverly sucked Biggleswade in and, with the visitors forced to commit numbers to defensive chores, the space opened out wide and Erin Dottin-Wilson made the most of the overlap to go over.

In an occasionally fractious encounter, Enfield Ignatians sailed close to the wind and the temporary banishment of Calum Middleton, who copped a yellow-card for his pains, further stalled their progress. Ignatians, with its strong colts' contingent, fell further behind in the second-half when Biggleswade, cashing-in on more blue and gold indiscipline, capitalised on the penalty opportunity and, after peeling off from a line-out and recycling, the visitors extended their lead to 16 points.

The gulf became 19 after Biggleswade landed a kick at goal but Ignatians stubbornly refused to yield and the introduction of Alex McCall paid dividends. Some excellent work in the lineout proved the catalyst and, with Ignatians cleverly drawing in the defence, McCall effectively caught the Biggleswade defence napping, as he exploited the space afforded to him by running-in in-opposed for a well-taken score.Ignatians also found the collective will to land a third try with Charles going over as the blue and golds showed commendable character. Key to the score was Ignatians' ability to keep the opposition guessing and it was no less than they deserved.

Steve Renny signalled out Jack O'Toole and Anzl Swartz for special praise.

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# Team Pl Pts
4. Amersham & Chiltern 3XV 5 16
5. Biggleswade 2XV 3 13
6. Luton 2XV 3 11
7. Fullerians 3XV 3 11
8. Enfield Ignatians 3XV 3 9
9. Watford 2XV 4 9
10. Hendon 2XV 3 8

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