Saffron Walden 41 FULLERIANS 1st XV 22
Poor start proves costly in the end
It looked like Fullerians were still in the changing rooms after kick off as they fell off the tackles, lost defensive shape and were just not at the races. Saffron Walden scored 19 points in as many minutes aided by Fullers poor one on one tackles.
Fullerians did start to get going and score from a catch and drive at the lineout with Rich McCabe crashing over. Dan Evans converted from wide out. They added another as the Fullers scrum took control and No8 Simon Lye picked the ball up from the base and scrum half Andy Hovill was on hand to crash over the line from short range.
19-12 at the break and Fullers were in the ascendency. However, Saffron Walden scored from a penalty as Fullers were caught off side and wing James Maher was harshly sent to the sin bin for a team offence in the 22.
With the numerical advantage the home side scored twice for a 34-12 score line and it seemed to take the game away from Fullers. However, this young team rallied round and showed superior fitness and scored twice quickly as they shipped the ball wide forhooker Drew Horne to score in the corner.
Moments later the dominant Fullers scrum pushed their visitors off the ball and Simon Lye was on hand to pick up and crash over for a 34-22 score. Fullers continued to push for the next try and in the last few moments had an overlap to score. Unfortunately the last pass was intercepted and the Saffron Walden winger ran the length of the pitch to score the final points of the match.
“We gifted Saffron Walden 19 points as we were poor individually and collectively as a team. We had a spell in the second half where we could have won the game as we played with great pace and intensity which blew Saffron Walden away and got a bonus point for scoring four tries. Next are high flyers Chingford at home and we have players coming back from injury and availability giving a good selection headache for that game.” commented Fullerians head coach Rich Hoskins.
Team. Barson (Trybus 60), Horne, Bushell, Boyd (Williams 70), McCabe, Harvey, Barrett, Lye, Hovell (Hancock 60), Jacobs, Alexander, Toon, Mann, Maher, Evans.
Man of the Match: James Maher