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