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Sun 12 Mar 11:30 - Cup

Shelford continue good form in EC Cup

Shelford 29 Ipswich 12

Eastern Counties Plate (12th March) – Ipswich 10 Shelford 33

Shelford secured a home tie for the EC Plate semi-final with an assured victory away to Ipswich. The home team got on the scoreboard first on 5 minutes after a penalty led to a line-out on the right in the Shelford 22. The Ipswich pack set up a well-organised maul to drive over. ​Ipswich 5 Shelford 0

Shelford were quick to respond in kind, winning a penalty in the Ipswich 22 and Martinelli made good ground. The ball came out to Thomson at fly-half and he broke through the first-up tackle and found a route through the cover to score by the posts.​Ipswich 5 Shelford 7

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For the next 20 minutes Shelford had the upper hand but tended to lose possession at the breakdown when the ball-carrier did not have enough of support to secure the ball. Eventually the pressure told as Clough got a half-break on the Ipswich 22 and offloaded to Thomson with the ball then moving swiftly along the line to Hatter, Heylen, and Martinelli - all drawing in a defender before passing. On the right wing McGuire cut back in from the wing to set up a ruck, with Cooper and Jones on hand to secure the ball. From the ruck Thomson made a deft inside-pass, taking a heavy tackle in doing so but putting Wells through a gap to pass left to link with Atkinson and then to Hatter. A familiar half-break pulled in an extra defender – now Shelford’s patient play along the width of the Ipswich 22 had set up a 3-on-2 overlap on the left. Heylen was almost through and, though stumbling from a tackle, put Roberts away to draw the last defender before passing to Harwell on the left wing. He evaded a despairing dive to get in at the corner before heading toward the posts to narrow the angle for the conversion. A true team try with 12 players contributing directly to the build-up of the score. Harwell’s extra yards towards the posts helped towards the 2 extra points when Hatter rounded it off with a conversion that hit the far post and dropped just over the crossbar.​Ipswich 5 Shelford 14

Ipswich pressed hard towards the end of the first half. One attack failed when they knocked on 5m from the line. Another failed when Hatter saved what seemed a certain try with a last-ditch tap-tackle in the Shelford 22. However, Ipswich capitalised at the breakdown with their scrum-half going over to score near the posts.​Ipswich 12 Shelford 14

In the second half Ipswich again put Shelford on the back foot. Ipswich chipped to the 22 and Shelford conceded a penalty. Ipswich kicked to touch to exploit their effective maul. Smart play by Shelford countered this by not engaging at the line-out and as Ipswich moved the ball to the back of their pack, they conceded a ‘truck and trailer’ penalty.
On quarter of an hour Shelford drove from a line-out on the Ipswich 10m. Ipswich eventually managed to counter the attack and were awarded a scrum on their 5m. Despite a good heel, Ipswich were in disarray and Shelford flanker Tebbitt was alert to pick the loose ball to score.
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With 10 minutes to go Cooper made a good break from full-back to set-up a ruck on the right in the Ipswich 22. Thomson took advantage of a tiring defence to break from the 22 to score under the posts.​Ipswich 12 Shelford 26
In the last minute of the half, the Shelford backs were up fast in defence in the Ipswich 22 as a clearing kick was attempted. From the resulting charge-down, Harwell burst through to score by the posts to end a very successful day for Shelford. ​Ipswich 12 Shelford 33

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Winger Harwell rounds off Shelford’s second try which involved 12 players.
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Shelford flanker Tebitt scores from a mix-up at a defensive scrum.
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