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Manor deserve break after superb showing in the rain, says Connors

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 October 2018

Ollie Waugh stops a Ruislip player in his tracks during Eton Manor's 39-0 away win (pic: Martin Pearl).

Ollie Waugh stops a Ruislip player in his tracks during Eton Manor's 39-0 away win (pic: Martin Pearl).

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The New Wilderness club ran in seven tries in Middlesex to continue their excellent start to the campaign

Jamie Connors was pleased Eton Manor went into the break with a fifth victory in the London One North this season on Saturday.

The New Wilderness club made it six games without defeat with a 39-0 success at Ruislip to remain in third spot.

Manor will now have Saturday off and although they have plenty of momentum, Connors believes the weekend break is probably welcomed by the squad.

He said: “We are playing really well, but it’s like anything. The boys are probably a little bit tired.

“While we don’t have any major injuries, it is always nice to have a break mentally.”

Connors was pleased to see his squad battle through some tough conditions last weekend to secure another bonus-point victory.

With the rain heavy and winds strong, Manor struggled during the early stages of the encounter in Middlesex.

Eventually they scored as Ollie Waugh crashed over in the 20th minute and it boosted the visitors’ confidence as they went over three more times in the first half.

Misiona Evagelia got in on the act 13 minutes later and moments after Aaron Lowe grabbed a try and with Cameron Dutch able to convert the extras this time, the score moved on to 17-0.

There was still time for Manor to add a fourth score for the bonus point as Elliott Brown raced onto Michael Byrne’s kick to make it 22-0 at the break.

Conditions remained difficult, but Connors saw Billy Cosma go over for his first try for the club in the 60th minute and substitute Rhys Davis-Horne made it 34-0 five minutes later with a quick tap and drive towards the line.

Harry Reid wrapped up the win with a try in the final exchanges to cap a good day at the office for Manor, with Dutch kicking two conversions overall.

New Zealander Connors added: “It was a really good performance. The conditions were awful and totally different to anything we have played in so far.

“It was wet, cold and probably less than 12 degrees, so it was really bitter and Ruislip’s ground is quite open, so there is no hiding from the elements.

“Taking that into account, we put in a really good performance and totally dominated the game right from the get go.”

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