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Ealing Trailfinders 1871 U23s 24 - 19 St Jacques Vikings
Date: 07-03-2020 15:00
Type: Match
Section: Adults

LocationVallis Way
Pitch TypeGrass
CompetitionRaging Bull Div 2
CaptainOscar Avis
Vice CaptainAfzaal Mir
CoachesMark Percival, Tom Gamage, David Brathwaite, Paul Johnson
Team ManagerVittorio Spadavecchia
PhysioMatt Knights
Press AttachéRob Williams
TravelAll to go direct
Team MeetingCricket Pavilion Changing rooms in 12.00. £5 fine into team kitty for late arrival. Message or phone team manager if running late.
Team RotaPost-match duties players bench
Dress code post-matchGrey Ealing Polo

If Friday or later cry-off then message or phone Ricky immediately 07956 442502

Team Selection

1 Andrew Barton
2 Albert Stoute
3 Tom Szyszko
4 David Vater
5 Sam Lindsay
6 Josh Goddard
7 Sunny Gujadhur
8 Oscar Avis
9 Euan Jones
10 Callum Nolan-Hutchison
11 Afzaal Mir
12 Manuel Viviani
13 Stanislas Duhamel
14 Kavan Fitzpatrick
15 Toby Holt


16 Fabio Krasniqi
17 Corrado Tedeschi
18 Lucas Brathwaite
19 Felix Saladin Crosse
20 Max Redman
21 Harrison Slater

U23s show character in overhauling the Guernsey boys

Undaunted by a 19-point deficit with a quarter of the game gone, Ealing 1871 U23s, with several players on debut, showed great self-belief by fighting their way back into the game and finally sealing victory deep into time added on.

The Channel Islanders, featuring a big, well-drilled pack, took the game to Ealing, who were guilty of allowing themselves to be dominated physically in the early stages, and were rewarded with a try after 5 minutes when their No 6 barged his way over, a sweetly struck conversion adding an extra 2 points. Ten minutes later, when the home side were penalised for offside, the Vikings opted to kick to touch, won clean lineout ball and drove over the line for an unconverted try. After the U23s had conceded two more penalties, the visitors again kicked to touch and drove over from the lineout. Ealing then immediately woke from their slumbers and started to dominate the set scrums and forward exchanges. A potential short-range try was ruled out because the unsighted referee deemed the ball to have been held up, but soon afterwards points were finally put on the board when centre Manuel Viviani, impressive throughout, took a clever angle to beat the defence, with Callum Nolan-Hutchinson nailing the conversion. With a couple of minutes left before the break, Ealing added a second through hooker Albert Stoute, who went low from short range to evade despairing tackles.

The last 10 minutes of the first period had shown Ealing increasingly dominant, and while no scores ensued in the early period of the second half, they used the wind advantage to pin their opponents back. After a lengthy pause in play due to an unfortunate leg break for debutant Max Redman, Ealing gained a penalty deep in Guernsey territory, lost the resultant lineout but scored through Toby Holt after a knock-on in the Guernsey back line. An equalising conversion by Nolan-Hutchinson set up a tense final period, and victory was sealed deep into injury time when Stoute scored his second try of the afternoon. The U23s then saw out the last few minutes to record a notable victory to go with other recent narrow but deserved wins over Henley and Ampthill.

Man of the match was indefatigable skipper Oscar Avis, who was never far from the action.

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