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T's first string draw for first points of teh season
11:00am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
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RUGBY: THURROCK secured their first points of the season with a well-deserved draw. In fact they probably edged the encounter overall – but just ran out of time.
Thurrock got off to a fantastic start with two tries both coming from second row Dritan Loka with Frankie Neale adding the conversion to end what was a dominant period for the home side. The visitors, on a good run in the league so far, gradually started to come back into the game. And with a strong breeze to their advantage, they started to turn the Thurrock backs. They eventually got on the score sheet with an unconverted try and just moments before the break repeated the effort for Thurrock to take a narrow lead 12-10 at the break.
The visitors continued the good work after the break and took the lead within five minutes of the restart, this time converted.
They then scored a rather controversial try.
This came from a penalty under the posts. The referee indicated a scrum but the team took a quick tap and scored. However, the referee allowed the score to stand – much to the amazement of the Thurrock side. After a great start T’s found themselves 24-12 down.
But that try spurred a great Thurrock fight back and the home side started to dominate. CS began to give away penalties at frequent intervals. And up stepped Thurrock’s Neale and he slowly chipped away at the deficit landing three consecutive penalties to bring Thurrock within three points. An effort from the half way line fell short but with three minutes remaining he had a chance to level the score he made no mistake this time.
With just moments of the match left both sides ensured they would not make an error to give any chance to force a result. It was a senior debut for Brenton Bird and the first home game for new fly half Ashley Meek both acquitted themselves admirably Thurrock: Neale, Farrell, Gorman, M.Sullivan, Bird, Meek, Titterton, Keefe, Scott, Bevans-Royston, Loka, Banks, Cooper-Hicks, Flavin, Rettigan. Rep: Russo, Bruger, McDonald For rugby see the Thurrock Gazette every Friday