Bonus point victory for Eton Manor over Rochford Hundred
PUBLISHED: 12:32 19 October 2012
Eton Manor got back to winning ways in London One North with a bonus-point victory over Rochford Hundred.
Manor took the lead after just six minutes when Blane McKie passed the ball out to winger Chris Jones who outpaced the covering defender to score out wide, though Max Murray’s conversion went wide.
And despite both sides have chances to get on the scoresheet it was Rochford who levelled the scores after scoring a try in the corner after 15 minutes.
But persistent infringement from Rochford enabled Murray to slot over a two difficult penalty attempts and move them 11-5 ahead midway through the second half.
Rochford now enjoyed a period pressure inside Manors half but were unable to break through the strong defence.
However, the hosts’ lead was extended when Garth Tucker broke through three tackles, but looked to have been held up short.
But Tucker powered through the fourth tackle to force the ball over the try line, with Murray adding the conversion for an 18-5 lead.
McKie thought he had extended that but despite crossing the line, Rochford had stopped him from grounding the ball as the half drew to a close.
Manor continued the second half where they had left off and Ben Thomas released Tucker in the Rochford 22 who outpaced the defenders to touch down and move them 23-5 in front.
Rochford hadn’t given up on the game though and a period of pressure resulted in their second try of the afternoon, which was converted to bring the scores back to 23-12.
Straight from the kick-off Manor pressurised Rochford into conceding a penalty in front of the posts and Murray slotted it over to re-assert their dominance.
The visitors were having difficulty in getting outside their own half and Manor sealed the bonus-point win with their fourth try of the day.
Rochford were unable to gather the ball from a line-out and Dan Johnson reacted quickest.
And after a move involving five Manor players before Alfie Hutcherson crashed over for his first try for the club and secure a 31-12 win.
Manor, now second in the league, face a trip to seventh-placed Diss this weekend.
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