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Tabard suffer heavy Westcliff defeat
3:20pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
Tabard slumped to a 46-8 defeat at Westcliff in London League One North on Saturday.
Tabard opened the scoring inside two minutes against a very strong outfit but a try-scoring spree by Westcliff in the second half sealed the visitors’ fate.
The start caught everybody napping, especially Westcliff. Playing with the wind, Tabard pressurised Westcliff from the kick off and gained a lineout just inside their 22m line. Tabard won the ball and drove forcibly for the Westcliff line. Westcliff could do nothing to stop the Tabard pressure and finally flanker Cam O’Connor touched down for the opening try.
The away side then played sensible rugby against a team that just ran everything, thwarting the Westcliff attacks with some sound defence and mounting their own attacks by keeping the ball tight.
Westcliff got their first try when a kick ahead bounced wildly and, although the Tabard full-back Elliot Hurrell managed to dive and get his hand on the ball, the pursuing Westcliff centre ran onto his own kick to cross the line for the converted score.
Tabard quickly responded with a penalty kicked by stand off Jack Reilly but before half-time Westcliff ran in two more tries.
The first was a result of incessant pressure on the Tabard line when their centre went over and then, after several phases of play, their flanker went over. The converted try meant the sides turned around with Westcliff 24-8 ahead.
The second half was very much like the first with Tabard playing a tight game and defending tenaciously but Westcliff got an early try after they ran a short penalty. It was just at the start of the last quarter that Westcliff sealed the game with three quick tries. The first came from a short penalty and they crossed the line again.
The third came after Westcliff ran the ball from a Tabard kick as they extended their lead.
The visitors still kept going and were looking for a score of their own when the Westcliff scrum-half kicked the ball clear and managed to race up the pitch and run in their final try of the game.
Tabard will look to respond to their heavy defeat when they return home this weekend to face Diss.
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