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Manor lose after being sent on a Wild Geese chase

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 October 2015

Eton Manor get to grips with their London Irish Wild Geese opponents (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor get to grips with their London Irish Wild Geese opponents (pic: Martin Pearl).

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National League Three South: Eton Manor 0 London Irish Wild Geese 55

Eton Manor's Chris Jones in action against London Irish Wild Geese (pic: Martin Pearl).Eton Manor's Chris Jones in action against London Irish Wild Geese (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor suffered their fifth consecutive defeat of the new National League Three South season as London Irish Wild Geese romped to a 55-0 victory at the New Wilderness.

Jamie Connors team were without a number of players through injury and expected a difficult encounter against a strong side and that’s what they got.

They had two youth products involved at National level for the first time with Charlie Wood starting at centre and Tom O’Connor on the bench.

London Irish showed their class instantly and put the hosts on the back foot with a series of powerful drives, eventually working the ball along the line for their winger to score the first try of the game.

That was converted and Manor trailed 7-0 early on, but they regrouped and from the restart Elliot Brown’s kick went into touch and Jack Tovey stole the ball from the visitors throw.

However their first attack of the match was matched by a solid defence from the away team and a penalty at the breakdown allowed London Irish to clear.

Manor were given a chance to get on the board with 10 minutes gone, but Brown’s penalty attempt from 30 meters out sailed wide of the posts.

The visitors rubbed salt in the wounds moments later as they converted a penalty after Paul Pritchard fell four of the referees whistle and was sent to the sin bin.

But Connors’ men attacked from the restart and Brown took a quick tap and made 15 meters before spinning a pass out to Tom Bateman, he showed his pace, but was brought down five metres from the line.

Although the ball was recycled quickly, the hosts knocked the ball forward and a certain try scoring opportunity had been wasted.

Manor continued to attack, but against the run of play London Irish pounced on a poor scrum and their scrum half raced forward to score their second try.

Nick Horton felt he had taken the visiting player into touch, however, but the referee gave the try and a difficult conversion was converted to make it 17-0 to the away team.

With the half coming to a close, London Irish managed to cross over again through their winger and despite the conversion missing this time, they led 22-0 at the break.

The hosts began the second period poorly and were back down to 14 when Rhys Davis-Horne came in at the side of the ruck and was yellow carded.

Unsurprisingly the visitors took full advantage and ran in another try while Manor’s injury worries deepened as Tovey left the field to be replaced by O’Connor, making his first team debut.

London Irish kept on coming, though, and despite a strong defensive effort by Manor, the away side scored another try and it was 36-0 with just 15 minutes played of the second period.

But Connors team didn’t let their heads drop and set up a series of attacks, but they just let basic errors slip into their game and the visitors made them pay.

They were more clinical than the New Wilderness outfit and added another try before Manor did come close again to getting on the board.

Horton instigated an attack and found Reece Reed just outside the visitors 22, he took on the attack forward before spinning a pass out to Harry Tustanowsky.

He beat his man and agonisingly brought down a metre short of the line, he stretched out to get the ball over, but it was knocked out of his grasp and the opportunity was again gone.

During the final 10 minutes London Irish were to score two more tries, one with the final play of the game, to make it 55-0 overall.

A heavy defeat for the hosts, but it would have been a lot closer had they been more clinical on the try line and kept their discipline better.


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