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Sat 07
2nd Team
Rochford hundred 2nd team
W Mitchell
G Andrews, G Fountaine, J Doodson, D Wilton, J Preston, C Mcphail
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R Hundred (2)
Tring 2s vs Rochford Hundred 2s - 07/09/19

Tring 2s vs Rochford Hundred 2s - 07/09/19

By Michael Hicks
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Saturday saw the first 2nd XV fixture of the year with a friendly against Rochford Hundred 2s, mirroring the 1st XV game on the main pitch.

Good Tring pressure from the outset lead to an early penalty in front which Will Mitchell kicked with ease to put Tring ahead 3-0.
More pressure led to a second kickable penalty, but the decision to kick for the corner didn't quite go to plan as Tring failed to retain the ball at the lineout. Keeping Rochford in their own half, Tring regained possession and a kick through from 10 out was neatly collected by Gary Andrews to score Tring’s first Try. Will Mitchell added the extras to make it 10-0.
From Rochford's first real attack, they broke the line and ran in from 40 meters to make it 10-5.
Good defence in Tring’s 22 lead to a turnover and an 80m gain to Rochford’s line. After a few phases Guy Fountaine crossed in the corner making for a tricky conversion. 15-5.
Rochford came back at this point, scoring through their powerful backs to make it 15-12. Tring were then camped on Rochford’s line before a gut-wrenching intercept saw them do the length to take the lead 15-19. Full credit to Gary Andrews and newcomer Joe Kearney who chased them all the way in but the head start was too great.
With their tails up and showing their ambition to play, Rochford took a quick tap in their own 22 but when this was fumbled in the backline, Jack Doodson took his opportunity well to regain the lead for Tring. Will Mitchell slotted this one to make it 22-19 going into half time.
The second half started well with Tring working their way to Rochford’s line once more. Multiple phases from the pack were finished off by Dan Wilton who picked and went, initially being stopped but showing good tenacity to keep working, getting himself free and getting the ball down. 29-19.
A Tring yellow card made life difficult and saw play go end to end a few times before eventually Rochford broke through to score once, 29-24 and then again to level the score at 29-29 with ten minutes to go.
Having been jolted back into action, Tring came back hungry and stayed in Richford's half from the kick-off. Having played well all game, JP took an excellent line off of a solid scrum and went in clean under the posts. Will Mitchell converted to put Tring 7 ahead once more – 36-29.
With now just five left to go, Tring were back in the Rochford half and saw Cameron McPhail break the line from a shortened line-out to score after carrying well all day – 43-29.
Rochford kept going and tested Tring in a nervy last few minutes when a failed clearance kick after the 80 handed them back possession. After getting close to the Tring line, they were repelled back to the 22 where they eventually knocked on signaling the end of the game.
Man of the Match went to James Osmond for his exceptional work rate in both attack and defence, with other notable performances from Archie James and Hamish Michie.
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Sat 07, Sep 2019