BRAINTREE RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB 2019/2020 SEASON.
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BRAINTREE…25 MAVERICKS…14 (London 3 Essex)
IMPRESSIVE Braintree made it four wins out of five at Robbs Wood on Saturday as a 25-14 victory Mavericks kept them in second place behind leaders Upminster.
On a sunny October afternoon the black and ambers started well and launched wave after wave of attacks.
Mavericks eventually succumbed in the sixth minute when they conceded a penalty that Elliott Swallow kicked over. 3-0.
Tree maintained their early pressure and four minutes later a break from full-back Tyler Worster saw him put in number eight Cameron Kerr to score under the posts.
Swallow kicked the conversion to give his side a 10-0. Lead, but the score seemed to galvanise the visitors and they soon got back in the game.
On 24 minutes turn-over ball enabled the Brentwood-based side to grab their first try of the day, as they potted the conversion to see Tree pegged back 10-7 at half-time.
After the break Tree came out all guns blazing and a second penalty from Swallow on 50 minutes saw them extend their lead again. 13-7.
But just four minutes later they knocked on in their own 22 and Mavericks seized on the chance to score their second try under the posts, converting for a 13-14 lead,
With the crowd getting tense Mavericks won the scrum on their own five-metre line after 69 minutes and kicked long.
The ploy backfried though as Worster caught the ball and passed it out to Swallow, who beat three players before scoring in the corner. 18-14.
Victory was sealed five minutes from time when Worster kicked ahead for inside centre Joe Young to retrieve and score, Swallow’s conversion making it 25-14.
BRUFC Head Coach Jamie Clarke said: “I thought we started really well, dominating the early exchanges and going 10-0 up.
“But I thought we then maybe got a bit complacent and made the game harder for ourselves, allowing Mavericks to come back into the game.
“We’re obviously pleased with the result though. We had to battle for the win but we deserved it in the end.”
Clarke reserved special praise for second row forward Tinash Mlambo for what he dubbed a “man of the match performance”.
Tree are back in London 3 Essex this weekend when they travel to Romford to face old rivals Campion.
BRUFC: Worster, Swallow, Levy, J Young, Gough, Dann, Page, Hardin, M Benfield, T Colebrook, T Carslake, Mlambo, M Pickles, Humphrys, C Kerr. Reps: Clark, Perry, Wright.