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Ely Tigers romp to home victory over visiting Crusaders




After falling behind to an early penalty, Ely Tigers went on to post a hefty 111-3 victory from their London 3 Eastern Counties home clash against Crusaders on Saturday.

The opening drive of the afternoon produced an early chance for the visitors to put some points on the board. They opted to kick in front of the posts and despite kicking into the strong breeze it was good.

However, the lead did not last long because directly from the kick off Tigers crossed the try line. Mitch Kennett fed the ball out to captain Matt McCarthy to score, with Joel Scott Paul adding the extra points.

Adam Featherstone shows some one handed ball control. Picture: Steve Wells (18091352)
Adam Featherstone shows some one handed ball control. Picture: Steve Wells (18091352)

It was Scott Paul who added the next try, breaking from his own half, before touching down unchallenged.

By now a pattern was emerging and again from the restart the Tigers scored. It was another fast break, with Alfie Ramswell feeding the ball out to Tom Green who scored.

Another quick break from Scott Paul set up a fourth Ely try. Breaking on the wing he released the ball inside, before being tackled, for Nathan Brookes to kick the ball forward and win the race against the Crusaders defence.

Alfie Ramswell is tripped before being awarded a penalty try. Picture: Steve Wells (18091339)
Alfie Ramswell is tripped before being awarded a penalty try. Picture: Steve Wells (18091339)

Kennett was next on the scoresheet, with McCarthy collecting his own kick forward and freeing his team-mate out on the wing to score in the corner.

A stolen ball from a line-out produced the next chance for the home side, with the ball finally being fed out to McCarthy, who once again showed Crusaders a clean set of heels to race free to score under the points, with Scott Paul adding the conversion.

It was one way traffic, with Ely dominating all areas on the field, and another break saw another try. This time it was Ramswell who broke free to score once more under the posts, leaving Scott Paul an easy kick to add the points.

With only 30 minutes on the clock Ely had put 50 points on the board, with Charlie Coupland scoring and Scott Paul adding the conversion.

Mitch Kennett breaks free. Picture: Steve Wells (18091333)
Mitch Kennett breaks free. Picture: Steve Wells (18091333)

The next try came from a scrum as Scott Macfarlane picked the ball up and powered through Crusaders to score under the posts, with Scott Paul adding the extra points.

As the second half started, Tigers could have easily sat back and soaked up any pressure that came from Crusaders, but it didn’t take long after the restart for Ely to add to the scoreboard.

After some good work from Coupland, Jacob Muncey added another try, crossing over in the corner. With Scott Paul now kicking into the wind, he was unable to add the extra points as the kick was missed.

Further tries from McCarthy, Luke Cornwall (2) and a penalty try after Ramswell was tripped saw the lead extended before Ash Clark – playing his first game in the first team for 18 months – crossed over for a try in the corner to take the score over 100 points.

Scott Macfarlane break free to score. Picture: Steve Wells (18091325)
Scott Macfarlane break free to score. Picture: Steve Wells (18091325)

However, Clark’s afternoon was soon to turn sour as he received a yellow card for a high tackle, but despite being a man down, there was still time to add another try to the scoreboard. In the final play of the afternoon, Muncey broke from his own half to cross the line, leaving Scott Paul to add the final points of the afternoon.


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