Legends get back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 13:31 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:31 21 November 2016

A Saffron Walden evades his despairing opponent. Picture: Jamie Pluck

A Saffron Walden evades his despairing opponent. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Letchworth returned to winning ways at Legends Lane on Saturday with victory over Saffron Walden in an entertaining game which moved the hosts out of the drop zone and boosted confidence for the weeks ahead.

The visitors were handed an early yellow card in this encounter for a challenge on Letchworth’s Ifeirimi Vuki, making his first start of the season at inside centre.

And the crowd didn’t have to wait long for the first score when from a line-out close to the Saffron line the ball was caught and driven. From the resulting maul Luke Mongston was awarded the try but Fran Denny narrowly missed the conversion.

From the kick off Letchworth tried to run from deep but an interception from the Saffron Walden centre saw him go in under the posts for a converted try.

Letchworth struck back quickly with winger Dave Rae passing inside for Kieron Davies to go over. Denny made no mistake with the conversion and Letchworth led 12-7.

Vuki then ran in from 50 yards to increase his side’s lead with Denny converting, but then Saffron hit back when centre Matthew McLagan burst through some weak tackling to touch down much to his watching mum’s delight.

Letchworth secured a bonus point try through flanker James Eliaschewsky who gave his side a half-time lead of 24-14.

The second half started with Saffron attacking and a series of penalties got them into the Letchworth 22 where an ambitious pass was intercepted by Denny who ran it the length of the field to touch down under the posts.

Letchworth’s next try came when they destroyed a Saffron scrum and won the ball against the head. The ball was passed out to Vuki who went through four defenders to score his second try, which Denny converted.

A Saffron converted try stung Letchworth who attacked once more and full back Phil Amuimuia crossed for his first Letchworth try with Denny missing the extras.

The next event of note went against Letchworth when after a skirmish involving most of the forwards the referee showed a red card to a bemused Mongston for an alleged swinging arm.

With the final whistle approaching Saffron made the most of their man advantage to score two tries and secure a bonus point but it wasn’t enough and Letchworth held on to win 43-35.

This Saturday Letchworth face the long trip to North Walsham.

Meanwhile the club’s Wanderers had a mighty 72-0 victory over local rivals Hitchin Hedgehogs with George Griffin amassing 62 points.

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