BRAINTREE RUGBY UNION FOOTBALL CLUB 2019/20 SEASON.
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CHELMSFORD…33 BRAINTREE…0 (London 3 Essex)
BRAINTREE have it all to do in the New Year after they were subjected to a 33-0 humbling at the hands of London 3 Essex leaders Chelmsford on Saturday.
The defeat leaves the black and ambers 14 points behind their local rivals in fifth place and needing a quick turnaround in fortunes if they are to get back in the promotion race.
On a cold day and a sticky pitch it soon became apparent that Chelmsford were much stronger in the scrum than their rivals from just up the A12 and this proved the most decisive factor of the match.
After surviving two unsuccessful penalty attempts from the halfway line the hosts eventually took the lead on 29 minutes.
A scrum was awarded in Tree’s favour but they lost possession and conceded the first try of the game, but held out against sustained pressure to limit their rivals to a 5-0 half-time lead.
But after the break Chelmsford had the slope of the pitch in their favour and subjected their opponents to continuous pressure,
On 45 minutes another successful scrum move on Tree's five-metre line saw the ball picked up and taken round the corner for try number two, which was duly converted. 12-0.
Five minutes later Chelmsford went further ahead after kicking to the corner from a penalty. A catch and drive line-out move resulted in another converted try. 19-0.
The hosts piled on the pressure relentlessly, but Tree continued to defend resolutely for the next 20 minutes.
On 70 minutes Chelmsford missed touch from a penalty, but when the visitors tried to clear their lines the kick was charged down and they conceded a pick up try, also converted. 26-0.
The final converted try was scored in the last minute when Chelmsford reprised their effective pick up and drive tactics to go over the line. 33-0.
BRUFC Head Coach Jamie Clarke said: “It was a disappointing result for us. All our players gave everything, especially those selected in the absence of our more established forwards.
“It's never easy coming into the team in a derby game away from home but I was proud of the way all of them played.
“I think it's fair to say we were dominated in the scrum which allowed Chelmsford a lot more possession than we would normally allow them, and they are a dangerous side with the ball.
“We had to defend really well at times and I thought their late tries slightly flattered them with the final score.”
Tree now go into their Christmas break and will be hoping some of their regular forwards recover from injury in time for their next game at home to Old Cooperians on January 11.
BRUFC: Whyatt, Abbott, Levy, Dann, Swallow, Worster, Page, T Colebrook, M Benfield, Hemes, T Carslake, Mlambo, C Kerr, Wright, M Pickles. Reps: Culham, W Turner, H Stanhope.