Murphy wants to keep Upminster momentum

13:00 23 September 2016

Upminster's under-13 and under-15 girls face the camera with the men's first XV at Hall Lane

Upminster's under-13 and under-15 girls face the camera with the men's first XV at Hall Lane


Hall Lane club seek third straight win

Upminster make the short trip to Ilford Wanderers looking for a third successive win in London Three North East tomorrow (Saturday).

And director of rugby Scott Murphy wants his side to maintain their good early-season momentum over the next two weekends ahead of their long trip to West Norfolk.

He said: “Ilford have come up from Essex One and had a couple of tough games already. They played Wanstead last weekend (losing 36-7) and there’s a lot of talk about them doing well this season.

“Ilford will be looking to kickstart their season, but hopefully not at our expense and we can continue our good form.

“We want to win our first four matches, then go to West Norfolk with a 100 per cent record.

“We’ve got a good squad of firsts and seconds at the moment and it’s interchangeable. The seconds have won twice too and it’s good that we can put three teams out and look strong in all of them.”

Following their opening-day romp at May & Baker, Upminster overcame a slow start to get the better of Basildon at Hall Lane last weekend.

The hosts conceded two early tries, before number eight George Cox hit back with a brace and Greg Dordoy and Dan Smith also went over to make it 24-10 at half time.

Murphy added: “They played downhill to start and we knew their front five was pretty big, certainly heavier than ours.

“They got a try from a driving scrum and their inside centre, who was pretty effective.

“But we also knew they would tire and fitness-wise we’re pretty fit. Levels are higher than they’ve been for a while.

“We stayed pretty calm and got four tries before half-time. We turned the screw a bit and half-time came at the wrong time for us.

“We were doing well, but it gave them a break.”

Basildon made the most of the respite to begin the second half well, scoring two more tries, before Warren Lowe landed a penalty for Upminster.

A fifth Basildon try made it 27-27, but the hosts remained calm and Smith went over for his second try, converted by Lowe, and another penalty clinched a 37-27 win.

Murphy said: “We got caught out defensively on the blindside of a ruck, but eventually the boys stuck to the task and made it more entertaining that it should’ve been.

“In games last year, at 27-27 we probably would’ve gone on and lost, but there is a confidence among them.”


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