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Your News Ellingham & Ringwood 21 - London South Africa 31

On Saturday 18 October London South Africa traveled the far distance to Ellingham & Ringwood’s home ground on the edge of the New Forest for the second round of the EDF Energy Cup - Senior Vase. Ellingham & Ringwood play in London South West 4 this year after being promoted last season and with a few changes in the usual LSA squad the spirits were high. The sun was shining although there was a slight breeze, so the conditions were well set for a cracking game.

Right from the first whistle LSA went on the attack. A high kick as well as the subsequent scrum showed that forced errors could be made to work in their favour. Moving the ball wide it paid off with an early try and conversion by the guys in green and gold. The Ellingham & Ringwood fans were incensed; shouting encouragement to their team the home side quickly turned the tables and reciprocated by driving the ball over the visitor’s try line for a converted try of their own.

In what seemed a recurring theme for much of the first half a kicking duel ensued, with both sides hoping for forced errors? Ellingham & Ringwood developed some pressure in the rucks, forcing a penalty which they subsequently slotted between the posts. However, the LSA team had another gear and sent the home side’s advantage packing with a running second converted try in the 31st minute. Half time score was 10 – 14 to LSA.

Form the restart Ellingham & Ringwood took two quick penalties for a lapse in concentration by LSA bringing the score to 16 – 14 in their favour. LSA fought back and dominated the next few minutes, resulting in their third well-orchestrated try in the 17th minute. Although the wind did not play along for the conversion, LSA was back in the game. The new confidence of the visitors must have shown because the wind looked taken out of the Ellingham & Ringwood sails.

Another well executed try by LSA showed the way and cemented the lead by the visitors. The play now became frantic, with time running out and both sides straining every sinew. Ellingham & Ringwood slowed the ball down driving it over the LSA try line for only their second converted try of the match bringing the score to 24 – 21 – a nail biter. In a final move by the visitors LSA scored an exciting final try with the conversion being helped along by the brisk wind bringing the final score to 31 – 21.

Team Manager Trevor Johnson said although there were a few early injuries, the character and patience of the team will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season. Vince Maclean the Forwards Coach said that “…players from the second team called up for the game performed very well.” A good game enjoyed by players and spectators alike.

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LSA XV: Dave Kelly, Mark Cockeram, Nick Osman, Matt Fendick, Ben Bougas, Jarred Vock, Garth Hume, Gerrie Krüger, Aldo du Plessis, Devan Swart, Tom Lloyd, Derren Letcher, Tiaan Visser, Darrian Uys, Shayne Wentink, Werner Swanepoel, Francois Wiese

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Next Game (Home): Winchester – Kick Off from 14:30 – Come down and support your team!

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