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Four tries not enough to beat Tiffs

By Peter Upton

London Division III South West Old Tiffinians – 37pts –v- Warlingham 29pts

Despite outscoring the opposition by five tries to four, Warlingham failed to secure a win at Old Tiffinians who leapfrogged them into fifth place in the league. Warlingham started strongly with a quick break from flanker Alex Skinner who slipped the ball to lock Paddy Green, who looked to all spectators as having scored the first try. However, the referee adjudged the ball to be held up and awarded a five metre scrum. This attack was thwarted when a forward pass was made. Nevertheless winger Funsho Adeyi made a typical jinxing run, putting centre Jack Atkinson in space and well timed pass gave winger David Priest the first unconverted try. Tiffs immediately struck back with a penalty followed by a converted try after they had spurned two other penalty chances. Not to be outdone Warlingham responded with a spirited attack ending with captain John Fox crashing
through the defence for unconverted try number two. Lock Ben Warman was then controversially shown a yellow card for a high tackle. A Warlingham attack and drive over the try line was again adjudged to be held up and no try awarded. Tiffs scored a converted try from a break through the midfield followed by a penalty to take them ten points clear at the half time whistle.

Playing with the elements in the second half Warlingham were expected to make good the deficit. However Tiffs added a third, converted try which was cancelled out when Skinner got a third try, this time converted by fly half Joe McEvoy. Tiffinians then added a penalty to give them a thirteen point platform but Adeyi fashioned a try out of nowhere by beating
his opposite number, chipping ahead and out-sprinting the cover defence for his first try. McEvoy again slotted a difficult conversion. Adeyi repeated his magic with a swift break and chase to score in the corner. From the tramlines McvEvoy went just wide with the conversion to leave Warlingham just one point adrift with about eight minutes left on the clock. Desperate attacks from the visitors were met with equally desperate defence but Tiffs regained possession and gradually made ground. A charge down in front of the posts resulted in Tiffs fourth try which was converted and, with no time left for Warlingham to
rescue the game and they left with just the one league point for scoring four tries. After the game Team Manager Anthony Barrington-Doe said, “It’s disappointing to let in four tries as our defence has been fairly strong this season. Something we’ll look at next week at training.”
Warlingham next game is at home on Saturday 26th January against third placed Portsmouth.

Updated 15:16 - 14 Jan 2019 by Peter Upton

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