Woodford knock out the champions
PUBLISHED: 15:27 16 December 2010
Away side triumph after game ends all square
Westcliff 22 Woodford 22
WOODFORD under-16s knocked out the reigning Essex Cup champions Westcliff in a closely fought contest.
Although it finished all square, Woodford went through after a consultation with the League rules, which sees the away side victorious in the event of a draw.
The first try came from scrum-half Cameron Dutch’s quick tap penalty and he raced through the Westcliff defence before off-loading to winger Chesley Fagan who crashed over in the corner, with Dutch adding the extras.
Westcliff responded quickly with a try, but missed the conversion attempt.
The reigning Essex Division One champions continued to press home their territorial advantage and forced Westcliff into conceding another penalty.
Dutch took another one quickly and dummied his way through the Westcliff defence to score an individual try to put them 12-5 to the good, only for Wescliff to repond once more with a try leaving the score at 12-10 at half time.
The hosts started the second half with a bang when their centre scored out wide.
But Woodford responded with a well taken try on the left wing. Dutch broke from a ruck in the opposition 22 and fed prop Ian Bukenya who crossed the whitewash to taken them into the lead again, 17-15.
Westcliff again conceded another penalty and Paddy Sheehey took advantage to extend their lead by another five points.
But in a tie which swayed in both sides favour at times, Westcliff pulled it back to 22 apiece when after a good attacking move their full back crashed over the line to set up a tense finale, with Woodford just edging Westcliff out due to the ruling.
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