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Warriors were blessed again with a bright and crisp day when they travelled to play Ely, who looked big and determined. The hosts started aggressively as their powerhouse pack looked much the better, pushing strongly (No 8, Lloyd Palmer worked particularly hard) and it was only 4 minutes when they pushed over to give Mitch Kennett an unconverted try.

The Warriors slowly reasserted themselves, taking and holding possession and territory as it became clear that the Ref wasnt going to tolerate some of the home teams scrum tactics. This yielded the visitors a few useful penalties and their backs clearly relished the platform for attack. Eddie Johnson and John Yorke launching salvo after salvo of Donovan Steward, Lewis Ballard and Kieran Richardson at them. On 25 mins Simon Codd cleared out to Eddie Johnson who broke 10 metres and unselfishly off loaded for hooker Tom Herring to score.

Woodbridge won more penalties and fought themselves back into attack only for all the hard work to be negated by some poor passing as the half ended five all.

The Warriors started hard from the off - Eddie Johnson worked the ball from side to side to send Donovan Steward over on 4 minutes for a converted try. Woodbridge were controlling the game at this point having the lions share of the Tigers territory and gaining confidence. Only occasionally did Elys No 12, Jerome Scott Paul, look dangerous as their pack, though tiring, continued to steal possession in ruck and maul. Woodbridges sustained pressure was rewarded however kicked by John Yorke, having a good game at No 10.

The last 10 minutes saw Ely reassert its forward authority to force some great defence from their visitors which, despite several blitz attacks, allowed them only a further 3 penalty points. The score reflects a well-refereed, tough match where Woodbridges backs had the better of Elys, their forwards held their strong pack and they won the game in defence.

Final score Ely Tigers 8; Woodbridge Warriors 15

Woodbridge Warriors: 1 Andy Brown, 2 Tom Herring, 3 Simon Codd, 4 Dan Cummings, 5 Bobby Armour (Capt), 6 Duncan Andrews, 7 Olly Gray, 8 Johno Cooke, 9 Eddie Johnson, 10 John Yorke, 11 Sam Jackson, 12 Lewis Ballard, 13 Donovan Steward, 14 Kieran Richardson, 15 Tristram Steward. Replacements: 16 Shane Manning, 17 Jimmy Mayhew, 18 Ben McIntyre.

Ely Tigers: 1 Chris Day, 2 Jason Andrews, 3 Karl Hayler, 4 Mitch Kennett, 5 Erwin Nooteboom, 6 Lee Coulson, 7 Luke Cornwell, 8 Lloyd Palmer, 9 Dan Coulson, 10 Rhys Hurst, 11 Shez Mead, 12 Jerome Scott Paul, 13 Ed Fahy, 14 Joel Scott Paul, 15 Jamie Russell. Replacements: 16 Andrew Foster, 17 Dave Kempers, 18 Matt Kelly.

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