Upminster 14 East London 32: East London maintain fine start to London Three Essex season with win at Upminster

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 October 2017

Action from East London's win over Upminster in London Three Essex (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Action from East London's win over Upminster in London Three Essex (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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London Three Essex: Upminster 14 East London 32

Action from East London's win over Upminster in London Three Essex (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo) Action from East London's win over Upminster in London Three Essex (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

East London maintained their unbeaten start to the new London Three Essex season with a 32-14 win at Upminster.

The visitors scored all their points in an enthralling first 40 minutes that skipper Dan Bracken later described as their best half of rugby for some time.

East London used the sloping Upminster pitch to their advantage and, playing downhill in the first half, took the lead with only three minutes on the clock.

Good build up play from the East London forwards resulted in fly-half Daryl O’Brien scoring the first try, which wing Corey Griffiths converted.

Five minutes later, a break by hooker Chris Hodgson saw the ball fed to scrum-half Graham Bougen who scored the visitors’ second try, which was converted.

Griffiths extended the lead in the 26th minute with a penalty from distance and East London added their third try soon after.

Lock Rob Yiannakou gathered the ball from the kick-off and dashed forward.

Fullback Sean Cooper took over and outpaced the home defence on the left flank before offloading to wing Alex Mylchreest to score, with the extras added.

Cooper, though, went off soon after, but it didn’t hamper East London’s effectiveness and Griffiths added another penalty with six minutes left in the half.

The bonus point for four tries was secured on the stroke of half-time following a fine individual effort from Griffiths, though he was unable to add the conversion.

Now playing uphill for the second half, East London prepared for the home onslaught and concentrated their efforts on disrupting Upminster ball.

O’Brien was sin binned in the 50th minute for one offside too many and a penalty try was awarded.

Superbly marshalled by back rower Bracken, the visitors kept their opponents at bay until the 68th minute when they conceded a second converted try.

With the game growing more niggly, East London frustrated the home side and wound down the clock for a deserved victory.

“We knew we had to get points on the board early with the downhill slope in our favour,” said Bracken.

“We knew they would come back at us, but it was a superb defensive effort in the second half.”

Next up for East London, who are currently second, is a trip to Campion on Saturday.


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