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Rugby: East London thirds earn Merit Table win

PUBLISHED: 09:45 11 January 2018

East London thirds face the camera

East London thirds face the camera

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East London thirds got the new year off to a good start as they beat Loughton 31-17 in Essex Merit Table Division Five.

The visitors started well, but Loughton turned the ball over and went the length of the field for the first try.

Full-back Luke Herlihy touched down in the corner to level and great work by Ed Woolley and Billy Kelly held Loughton at bay.

Herlihy, Gideon Berends-Sheritt and Sam Corbett combined to sent Luc Martinengo over for East London’s second try and a 12-5 lead at half time.

Loughton cut the gap to two points after the restart, but Herlihy’s second try of the game was converted to make it 19-10.

A converted try from the Loughton forwards kept the home side in the hunt, before Berends-Sheriff finished off a fine backs move.

Jack McAllister converted, before Troy Hinds and Tom Winkworth went over for late tries, after good work by Jim Crick and Dave Hanlon.

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