Jonny Heaver the hero in Cantabrigian victory over Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 September 2017

Pete Collins had a hand in both Cantabs tries

Pete Collins had a hand in both Cantabs tries

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Late try earns first win of the campaign

Jonny Heaver’s try proved crucial for Cantabrigian as they earned their first win of the new London League 2NE season by beating Chelmsford 23-20.

It only took the visitors three minutes to open the scoring, as James Hayward kicked a penalty to touch and Pete Collins caught the ball to set up a drive, with Shane Rea grounding for the try.

The hosts were soon defending again, and Cantabs earned another penalty from which Hayward made no mistake, making it 8-0.

But Chelmsford fought back and moved the ball to score in the corner.

And they were on level terms through a penalty five minutes later.

Cantabs had regained the lead by half time though, with Hayward slotting a second penalty.

They increased their advantage not long into the second half, with Jim Bryant bursting through and managing to pop the ball up for Dave Evershed to thunder over for a try.

Chelmsford were not done though, and, after fielding a clearing kick, ran the ball back at Cantabs to score under the posts to make it 16-15.

And after breaking at speed and moving the ball the length of the pitch, Chelmsford scored to the right of the posts to make it 20-16.

With five minutes remaining, Cantabs set up another rolling maul. Collins claimed the catch and Heaver grounded the ball, with Hayward’s conversion sealing the 23-20 win.

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