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Cantabrigian's pack power helps to secure victory over Ely Tigers in London Leagues

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Ben Newman in action for Cantabrigian against Crusaders. Picture: Keith Heppell (24579763)
Ben Newman in action for Cantabrigian against Crusaders. Picture: Keith Heppell (24579763)

The power of the Cantabrigian pack came into play as they maintained their impressive winning run by beating Ely Tigers 24-17 in London League Three, Eastern Counties.

The hosts took the lead after five minutes, bursting through two missed tackles to touch down in the corner.

Cantabs went on the attack, and a long, missed pass from James Hayward found Ben Newman on the left wing, racing around the defence to get their first try and make it 5-5.

Will Rix was sin-binned for Cantabs, and while they were a man light, Ely got their second try out wide.

Captain Danny Richards was then sin-binned for a technical offence and Cantabs finished their worst half of the season trailing 10-5.

Early in the second half, Ely had a player red-carded.

Richards’ return gave Cantabs the numerical advantage and scrum-half Ollie Townsend picked up from the back of a scrum to go over for their second try to level the scores.

A loose ball was hacked on by the Ely winger and he won the race to touch down, with the conversion making it 17-10 to the hosts.

A couple of scrums on the line saw Cantabs push their opponents back, and Ely were penalised for wheeling the set piece, giving the visitors a penalty try to make it 17-17.

With Hayward calling the tune for Cantabs, they kicked for touch from a penalty to set up a spell of pressure in Ely territory.

It resulted in Ely deliberately wheeling another scrum, and a second penalty try awarded to Cantabs for the bonus point and the win.

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