Tabard’s forwards set up victory

Aaron Pristcott scoring his second try.

Aaron Pristcott scoring his second try. - Credit: Archant

Tabard’s forwards set up a four-try effort as they beat Brentwood 28-8 on Saturday.

From the first scrum it was evident that the Tabard forwards, with the Lake twins providing the propping power, were in command and the hosts stayed in command of the scrums apart from a period of uncontested scrums in the second half.

Tabard were not so good in the lineout to start with, however, and they took a little time to get into their stride in this aspect of the game.

Despite this, it took just seven minutes for the first score. After some pressure on the Brentwood line a forward drive was held up but No.8 Aaron Pristcott broke round the side and spun through the defence for the score, which scrum-half Harry Gough converted.

The game then settled down and a brief foray into the Tabard half by Brentwood resulted in a penalty kicked by stand-off Green.

Tabard kept up the pressure and from a Brentwood lineout close to the visitors’ line, Pristcott pounced on a fumbled ball and drove over the line for his second try of the game, Gough adding the conversion to put Tabard 11 points ahead.

Just before the break Gough put pressure on Brentwood from a scrum and Tabard passed the ball out for fullback Elliot Hurrell to race round the cover for the try. Gough added the extras and the sides turned round with Tabard ahead, 21-3.

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After the break, a yellow card for the visitors meant that uncontested scrums were in place for 10 minutes, which benefitted Brentwood as they were able to show what they could do with the ball, giving them confidence. Eventually they scored a try of their own when a good passing movement saw their flanker Metcalfe go over in the corner.

Tabard regained their composure to come back and score the best try of the match. Following a scrum the ball was passed out and blind side wing Jermaine Ijieh came into the line at pace to completely stun Brentwood and he touched down under the posts to give Gough an easy conversion.

Next week Tabard are away to Old Haberdashers, kick-off 3pm.

Team: Elliott Hurrell, Shane Austin, Joe Calnan, Scott Stoba, Jermaine ijieh, Gerald Arasa, Harry Gough, Bill Lake, Jack Girdlestone, Wilf Lake, Jo Jacobs, Cam O’Connor, Dan Calnan, Jamie Hancock and Aaron Pristcott. Replacements: Scott Clewlow, Brad Webber and Zukisa M’Cwabeni.