Rugby Union: Wanstead battle to success at Southwold

PUBLISHED: 12:35 14 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:35 14 February 2017

Wanstead score a try against Ilford Wanderers earlier in the season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Wanstead score a try against Ilford Wanderers earlier in the season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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London Three North East: Southwold 24 Wanstead 39

Wanstead remain second in London Three North East after a hard-fought 39-24 success away to Southwold.

The Herons had struggled against Southwold in recent seasons, having lost their last three meetings with the Suffolk outfit.

And it appeared to be a similar story again on Saturday as the hosts took the led with an early penalty.

Wanstead, however, were looking powerful with the ball in hand and were able to score their first try from a driving maul, with Jack Handley crossing the line.

The Herons continued their dominance in the pack, with a series of quick rucks eventually leading to Wanstead’s second through Mindaugas Norvaisas.

Try number three arrived just after the 20 minute mark when good interplay between forwards and backs created space for centre Tim Coughlan to cross out wide.

And Wanstead secured a bonus point from the final play of the first half as Sean Jones barged over from close range, with the score 22-3 at the break.

Livid with their first-half display, Southwold came out firing after the interval and soon had their first try of the afternoon.

The Herons, however, hit back immediately when Coughlan crossed over on the wing after beautiful passing between forwards and backs.

From there, the match became niggly, with two players sent to the sin bin for their indiscretions.

Southwold were also able to cut the gap with their third try of the afternoon, but it seemed to stun Wanstead into life rather than into submission.

Two more tries followed from Jack Quirke and Lewis Pruce, which all but wrapped up the points.

With very little time remaining, Southwold were also able to claim a bonus point as they crossed for their fourth try, which proved to be the final score of the match.

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