|Teams||Ealing Trailfinders vs Nottingham|
|Score||45 - 20|
|Venue||Trailfinders Sports Club|
Match Report - 24-Mar-2018
Ealing Trailfinders made it three wins in a row with a six-try 45-20 victory over Nottingham at Vallis Way.
The hosts had a seven point lead at the break but three tries in the first 15 minutes of the second half saw them pull away and register the victory over Ian Costello’s side.
The six tries came courtesy of a Luke Carter hat-trick as well as scores from Luke Daniels, Kieran Murphy and Piers O’Conor to ensure a comfortable win.
Both teams had only played once in the last month due to postponements, and that was noticeable in the opening exchanges with a number of errors as the players got back up to speed.
Luke Daniels kicked the Trailfinders in front on the 15 minute mark with a penalty, and that lead was extended to 10 points with 25 minutes on the clock as Luke Carter scored the first try of the match.
Rayn Smid and James Cordy Redden both went within inches of the line, and then the scrum-half sniped over from close range.
Nottingham responded straight away with a try from Sean Scanlon to cut the deficit. The re-start was gathered and Tiff Eden’s cross kick found Scanlon who stepped his way over to score. The conversion from Eden cut the gap to just three points, before a penalty levelled the score at 10-10.
Kieran Murphy marked his captaincy of the Green and Whites with a crucial try before half time. Sam Dickinson offloaded to the back-rower, and he rampaged his way over the line by racing clear from 20 metres. Daniels converted, and ensured the Trailfinders had a 17-10 advantage at the break.
The start to the second half was where the game was won as the hosts raced clear of their opponents to secure the bonus point.
Piers O’Conor latched on to the back of a rolling maul to drive over the line just three minutes in to the second half, with Daniels converting to extend the lead to 24-10.
Luke Carter scored his second just two minutes later with the try of the match to register the four try bonus point. Mark Bright was in the clear, and an outrageous offload gave Carter an unattended run to the line.
Nottingham again responded with a try as they looked for a way back in to the match. A five metre lineout gave them the platform, and Jimmy Stevens broke away to dive over in the corner.
Luke Daniels got the Trailfinders’ fifth try of the match just before the hour to put the result beyond doubt. Peter Lydon took a quick tap penalty and a looping pass found Daniels on the wing who ran over in the corner. The touchline conversion extended the lead to 38-15.
Carter got his hat trick from the base of a ruck as he brought up the 40 point mark with another sniping run, and Jordan Coghlan then got Nottingham’s third try with a close range score.
The match ended with both sides playing expansive rugby, but the game was brought to an end with a comfortable victory for Ben Ward’s men.
15 Peter Lydon (replaced by Will Harries, 75 mins) 14 Luke Daniels 13 Piers O’Conor 12 Joe Munro 11 James Cordy Redden 10 Shane O’Leary 9 Luke Carter (replaced by Dan Grant Adamson, 68 mins) 1 James Gibbons (replaced by Will Davis, 54 mins) 2 Matt Cornish (replaced by Alun Walker, 60 mins) 3 Lewis Thiede (replaced by Mark Tampin, 60 mins) 4 Sam Dickinson 5 Harry Casson (replaced by Morgan Allen, 70 mins) 6 Kieran Murphy (c) 7 Rayn Smid (replaced by Dan Temm, 61 mins) 8 Mark Bright
16 Alun Walker 17 Will Davis 18 Mark Tampin 19 Morgan Allen 20 Dan Temm 21 Dan Grant Adamson 22 Will Harries
Tries: Luke Carter (28, 45, 65 minutes) Kieran Murphy (39 minutes) Piers O’Conor (43 minutes) Luke Daniels (56 minutes)
Conversions: Luke Daniels (28, 39, 43, 45, 56, 65 minutes)
Penalties: Luke Daniels (15 minutes)
15 Sean Scanlon 14 Billy Robinson 13 Joe Cobden 12 Oliver Evans (replaced by Gearoid Lyons, 26 mins) 11 George Furbank 10 Tiff Eden (replaced by Murray McConnell) 9 Darryl Veenendaal 1 James Penman (replaced by Tom West, 50 mins) 2 Jimmy Stevens (replaced by Ben Brownlie, 62 mins) 3 Rory Burke (replaced by Ben Hooper, 62 mins) 4 Danny Qualter 5 Alex Moon (replaced by Matt Everard) 6 Ben Morris (c) 7 Jordan Coghlan 8 Shane Buckley (replaced by Josh Poullett)
16 Ben Brownlie 17 Tom West 18 Ben Hooper 19 Matt Everard 20 Josh Poullet 21 Murray McConnell 22 Gearoid Lyons
Tries: Sean Scanlon (31 minutes) Jimmy Stevens (52 minutes) Jordan Coghlan (70 minutes)
Conversions: Tiff Eden (31 minutes)
Penalties: Tiff Eden (38 minutes)
Referee: Simon Harding
Assistant Referees: Nick Marshall & Brian Ravenhill
Fourth Official: Philip Davies
Half Time Score: Ealing Trailfinders 17 - 10 Nottingham Rugby
Storm Man of the Match: Luke Daniels