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1st XV - Match centre

Clacton
Harwich & Dovercourt
Unknown, Unknown
Tries
A Eldridge, S Mills Jnr
Conversions
S Male (2)
Unknown, Unknown
Penalties
S Male (3)
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - Essex Canterbury Jack League - Essex 1 Full time

Clacton 16-23 H&D

On Saturday Harwich and Dovercourt took to the field against local rivals Clacton Rugby Club

On Saturday Harwich and Dovercourt took to the field against local rivals Clacton Rugby Club. The game took place at Clacton rugby club.

Good preparation prior to the kick off lead to Harwich dominating the start of the game, repelling Clacton’s threats. Harwich made good ground when they had possession of the ball, stretching the Clacton defence.

The first points came from consistent pressure from the Harwich pack leading to a penalty, which was successfully kicked over by Sam Male, making the score 0-3 to Harwich. Soon after Clacton put the pressure straight back on Harwich, which led them to giving a penalty away. The score was all level.

The game carried on being a very close encounter, with both teams putting pressure on via open play and set pieces. A try came from good pressure from the Harwich backline where Adam Eldridge intercepted a pass to go under the posts to score. Male kicked the extras to make the score 3-10 to Harwich.

Clacton using very big forwards to good use created some miss matches, against the Harwich defence, scoring in the corner but the conversion was missed, making the score 8-10.

The game was very even with neither team scoring before the end of the first half.
Clacton were out the blocks in the second half scoring quickly out wide, but the conversion was missed again. The score 13-10 to the home side.

Harwich had to regather themselves and get their heads back in the game. They did this through good intensity from both the forwards and backs making good line breaks which ended up with an infringement from Clacton. The penalty was converted by Male to make the scores level.

Shortly after the penalty, a piece of individual brilliance saw Sean Mills (Jnr) cross the try line to put Harwich back in the lead. Male converted to make the score 13-20.

Clacton replied to the try with good set piece work and gained a penalty out of it, which lead to another 3 points being kicked over. Harwich were awarded two penalties near the end of the game. Male only converting one of them.
Final score 16-23 to Harwich.

Coach Cullen said “Very impressed with the team’s heart and determination in defence against a big and strong Clacton side. We took our opportunities to score when presented with them, which is pleasing to see after a long preseason. The hard work has clearly paid off”
Harwich face Thames rugby club at Low Road this Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Report by Jim Hayter

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Key moments

3:00
Penalty Sam Male kicks a penalty for Harwich & Dovercourt
7:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Clacton
20:00
Try Adam Eldridge scores for Harwich & Dovercourt
20:47
Conversion Sam Male kicks a conversion for Harwich & Dovercourt
24:00
Try Try for Clacton
47:00
Try Try for Clacton
51:00
Penalty Sam Male kicks a penalty for Harwich & Dovercourt
60:00
Try Sean Mills Jnr scores for Harwich & Dovercourt
61:00
Conversion Sam Male kicks a conversion for Harwich & Dovercourt
63:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Clacton
68:00
Penalty Sam Male kicks a penalty for Harwich & Dovercourt

Highlights

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80:00 Missed Conversion
Sam Male misses a conversion for Harwich & Dovercourt
68:00 Penalty 16 - 23
Sam Male kicks a penalty for Harwich & Dovercourt
66:00 Missed Penalty
Sam Male misses a penalty for Harwich & Dovercourt
63:00 Penalty 16 - 20
Penalty kicked for Clacton
61:00 Conversion 13 - 20
Sam Male kicks a conversion for Harwich & Dovercourt
60:00 Try 13 - 18
Sean Mills Jnr scores for Harwich & Dovercourt
51:00 Penalty 13 - 13
Sam Male kicks a penalty for Harwich & Dovercourt
48:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Clacton
47:00 Try 13 - 10
Try for Clacton
End of period 1
25:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Clacton
24:00 Try 8 - 10
Try for Clacton
20:47 Conversion 3 - 10
Sam Male kicks a conversion for Harwich & Dovercourt
20:00 Try 3 - 8
Adam Eldridge scores for Harwich & Dovercourt
7:00 Penalty 3 - 3
Penalty kicked for Clacton
3:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Sam Male kicks a penalty for Harwich & Dovercourt
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As it happened

  • Clacton
  • Harwich & Dovercourt
  • 0
  • Sam Male Penalty 3:00'
  • Penalty 7:00'
  • Adam Eldridge Try 20:00'
  • Sam Male Conversion 20:47'
  • Try 24:00'
  • Try 47:00'
  • Sam Male Penalty 51:00'
  • Sean Mills Jnr Try 60:00'
  • Sam Male Conversion 61:00'
  • Penalty 63:00'
  • Sam Male Penalty 68:00'

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Upminster
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Mavericks 3 14
2. Upminster 3 11
3. Harwich & Dovercourt 2 9
4. Old Brentwoods 3 9
5. Billericay 2 6
6. Mersea Island 2 5
7. Dagenham 3 5

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