Upminster have ‘point to prove’ says Murphy

Upminster players look on (pic Tim Edwards)

Upminster players look on (pic Tim Edwards) - Credit: Archant

Hall Lane club out to avenge Southwold loss

Upminster’s director of rugby Scott Murphy says his side have a point to prove against London Three North East rivals Southwold this weekend.

They suffered a 39-0 loss when they travelled to the Suffolk club in late October and are looking to bounce back after seeing a four-match winning streak ended by Ely last weekend.

Murphy said: “We let ourselves down at Southwold and we want to do a job and put things right.

“We’ve lost both games against Ely and the teams we’re playing now are the ones we lost to during our losing streak earlier in the season, so we’ve got pride to play for.

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“Southwold are probably the best team in the league. They’re the best team we’ve played. They’re big, well-organised and play good rugby, but hopefully having to travel to us might go in our favour.”

Upminster found themselves 8-0 down in Cambridgeshire last weekend, before Alfie Simmonett touched down and Chris Lamb slotted a pair of penalties to put them 11-8 up.

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But Ely scored a converted try with six minutes remaining to claim a 15-11 victory and send Upminster home with just a losing bonus point to show for their efforts.

Murphy added: “It was frustrating. We started well, but went 8-0 down, then went 11-8 up.

“Credit to Ely, their defence was exceptional throughout. They were well-organised and disciplined.”

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