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Ollie Townsend grabs hat-trick for Cantabrigian as they beat Ipswich YM to go second

Francois Eve touched down for Cantabs against Ipswich YM
Francois Eve touched down for Cantabs against Ipswich YM

Ollie Townsend touched down a hat-trick of tries as Cantabrigian moved up to second in London League 3EC by becoming the division’s highest scorers with a 40-15 win at Ipswich YM.

After five minutes, a scrum was driven to the line and Townsend pounced for his first try, with Finlay Laing landing the conversion.

Ipswich replied with a breakaway try from their right winger, but missed the conversion.

Cantabs furthered their advantage when James Hayward evaded two tackles on the right and off-loaded to the supporting Townsend to touch down by the posts. Laing’s kick made it 14-5.

Ipswich kicked a penalty, but then Cantabs started to pull clear.

Townsend charged down a clearing kick and Hayward passed wide for Luke Farrow to outpace the defence to score to make it 19-8.

The bonus point try arrived as Farrow broke on the right and timed his pass to perfection for Townsend to complete his hat-trick, with Laing’s conversion making it 26-8.

Kieran Dolaghan was sin-binned for Cantabs, but their defence stood up well to Ipswich pressure with no further scores before half time.

Cantabs got their fifth try when play was spread wide from a scrum by Hayward to Francois Eve, who skipped inside two tackles to touch down. Hayward kicked the conversion to make it 33-8.

The final try for Cantabs came as Jon Perks secured the ball at a ruck and was driven over the line. Laing’s extras made it 40-8.

Ipswich scored a late converted try by the posts and Cantabs had Dean James sin-binned but the match was all wrapped up by then.

Shelford suffered a 30-13 defeat at Harpenden in London League 1N.

Lewis Cracknell landed an early penalty for the visitors, but they trailed 13-3 to Harpenden, who got a converted try and two penalties.

Cracknell put over another kick at the start of the second half, but Harpenden pulled clear with a penalty and two converted tries. Mike Gillick responded with a late touch down for Shelford, which he also converted.

They are at home this Saturday (October 12) to Old Haberdashers.

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