Cambridge vs Ealing Trailfinders

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Date Time League Season
February 24, 2024 2:00 pm Championship 2023-2024


Match Report

Ealing Trailfinders secured a commanding 7-57 bonus point victory over Cambridge this afternoon.

Tries from Biyi Alo, Matt Cornish, Lloyd Williams, Ollie Newman, Andrew Davidson, Bobby De Wee, Reuben Bird-Tulloch, Mike Willemse and Dan O’Brien helped them to their tenth win in the league this season.

Trailfinders moved 12 points clear at the top of the Championship table after this weekend’s action.

The hosts started the brighter of the two teams. Turnover ball on halfway allowed Kwaku Asiedu to take advantage down the left wing and run round under the posts to make it a straight forward seven pointer.

This would prove to be Cambridge’s best moment of the half as Ealing Trailfinders went on to score five unanswered tries. Biyi Alo opened the scoring for the visitors, powering himself over from just a couple of metres out. Five minutes later, Matt Cornish scored Trailfinders’ second. It was smart thinking from the hooker, as the forwards were counter rucking, he picked the ball up and dived over the line.

Lloyd Williams would provide the next try of the game. A mazy run from Reuben Bird-Tulloch following a broken tackle on halfway allowed him to gift the Welshman a five pointer. Bird-Tulloch popping it up to him from two metres out after a great covering tackle from the Cambridge defence. Minutes later, Ollie Newman secured the bonus point. He broke from the driving maul to dot down out wide.

40 minutes was up on the clock, however Andrew Davidson wasn’t ready to head to the sheds just yet. The second-row hit a short line off Williams and crashed through the defensive line to score, making the half-time score 7-31 in favour of Ealing Trailfinders.

The West Londoners’ physically dominant display would continue in the second half, with Bobby De Wee first to get his name on the score sheet. De Wee had defenders hanging from him as he fell over the line to extend the lead.

With a quarter of the match to play, Reuben Bird-Tulloch raced away to score the eighth try of the contest. He intercepted a miss pass and dotted down underneath the sticks. Ten minutes later, replacement hooker Mike Willemse would break through the Blood and Sand’s defensive line after a pick and go, to bring up a half-century of points for Trailfinders.

Dan O’Brien would have the final say in this encounter. A huge hit from Will Montgomery knocked the ball loose allowing O’Brien to pick up inside his own half and run away to the try line.

An emphatic performance and second half clean sheet meant Ealing Trailfinders took all five points back to West London.

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