London One North: Ollie Phillips scores five tries as Eton Manor run riot at Fullerians
PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 September 2016
Jamie Connors watches his players send message to rivals after securing biggest overall win in the division this season
Eton Manor put Fullerians to the sword in the London One North on Saturday running in 11 tries during an excellent away performance.
Jamie Connors men, after beating Ruislip the previous weekend, delivered an astonishing second half display at the new boys of the division.
Ollie Phillips helped himself to five tries but it was about the team too, which helped the New Wilderness outfit make it back-to-back victories.
Fullerians opened the scoring after just six minutes following a five-meter scrum and it was 7-0 after the successful conversion.
The visitors responded quickly when Phillips showed blistering pace on the wing to speed past the covering defenders and go over.
Reece Reed carried on his impressive kicking form to add the extras with 10 minutes played in the London One North fixture.
Max Murray was to score next, having been stopped minutes earlier, when he was feed by Reed and broke a couple of weak tackles to get across the line.
Again Reed kicked the extras and looked in control, but Fullerians replied impressively.
The hosts put pressure on Manor and having secured good line-out ball, a series of driving runs saw the home side add a second try and make it 14-14.
Fullerians were full of confidence now and attacked Connors men, but the visitors defended brilliantly.
Manor managed to turn the ball over and eventually it found its way to Reed who attempted a speculative chip.
Although a home player got to the ball first just before the try line, he dropped it and Reed scampered under the post before kicking the conversion.
Even though Manor led at the break, they expected a tough second half, especially playing up the slope.
Connors saw his team boss the early proceeding, however, and Reed passed out to Phillips and he sprinted under the posts for another score.
It wasn’t long before the same man crossed over again to complete his hat-trick with 52 minutes played.
Rory Moore missed a great opportunity to help himself to a try soon after, but the next score was a special effort.
From the back of the ruck, Reed jinked his way past four or five defenders before getting across the line and kicking the extras.
It was 40-14 now and Manor still had 20 minutes left to play and a chance to send a message to the rest of the league.
Fullerians did respond, though, and although they couldn’t get past the visitors defence, James Osborn was sent to the sin bin for Manor.
Murray and Nick Horton should have combined for another try, despite the numerical disadvantage, but fluffed their lines.
It wasn’t long before they grabbed another score when Misiona Evagelia drove over the line and it was 47-14 now.
Straight from the restart Manor added another as Murray was fed by Evagelia and beat the covering defenders.
More quick play resulted in Phillips getting the bal out wide and putting the afterburners on to score his fourth of the afternoon.
A thunderous hit by Evagelia eventually allowed Nick Sheppard to get his name on the scoresheet.
There was time for one final effort as Phillips capped a fine individual display by grabbing his fifth.
Reed added the extras again to give Manor a 75-14 victory on the road and a massive boost of confidence.
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