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London One North: Jamie Connors happy with Eton Manor after away win at Ruislip

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:44 21 September 2017

Garth Tucker powers his way over the try line for Eton Manor against Ruislip (pic: Martin Pearl).

Garth Tucker powers his way over the try line for Eton Manor against Ruislip (pic: Martin Pearl).

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New Zealander discusses big improvement in defence and how Manor could have scored more on Saturday

Eton Manor players do their best to hold up a Ruislip rival (pic: Martin Pearl).Eton Manor players do their best to hold up a Ruislip rival (pic: Martin Pearl).

Jamie Connors was pleased with his Eton Manor team after watching them grind out a 15-5 victory away to Ruislip in the London One North.

Tries from Rhys Davis-Horne and Garth Tucker proved the difference with Nick Sheppard adding five points from his boot.

Ruislip only found a way through the Manor defence when they were reduced to 14 men and it left Connors happy.

He said: “It was pretty good to get a win at a place where we have slipped up a couple of times in the past.

“I was quite surprised by how strong Ruislip were up front and they certainly tested us in the scrum and gave us a really good challenge.

“To be honest it was pretty hard to break them down, but the boys did well, although probably could and should have scored more tries at the end.

“We had a lot of the ball in the second half and we were playing up quite a steep hill, but it was good to get a win in the end.”

The only slight negative for Manor was the two yellow cards they received with Elliot Brown going into the sin-bin in the first 40.

Ollie Waugh also went off or a period late in the second half, although the match was virtually finished then.

Connors added: “Elliot got a yellow in the first half and that was a bit silly because he tackled a man without the ball and put us under a bit of pressure at the end.

“Obviously that wasn’t great and we got another at the end of the game when Ollie went into the sin-bin, but it was sort of over then, so it didn’t really matter.

“Ruislip scored their only try when Elliot was off and to be fair they kicked into space and with only 14 men and six backs, it was a bit too hard to defend.

“But apart from that moment we defended well which was pleasing because we had shipped a few tries before that, so that was good and a definite improvement.”


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