March Bears show good kicking rugby in triumph over Ely II in strong cross-wind
March Bears 40 Ely II 19
With a strong cross-wind which gave March a slight advantage in the first half, a fantastic kick from their own 22 in the eighth minute allowed Coetzer to gather the ball and speed through and score under the posts.
Porter stepped up with the conversion which was the first of several, on a day not suited for place kicking.
Ely followed up with a concerted period of pressure in the March half and after 15 minutes were awarded a penalty which they quickly took and went over in the corner for an unconverted try.
Tables were then turned and for the last 10 minutes of the first half March had sustained pressure including three penalties and eventually Hickes went over in the corner.
The teams turned round with the score at 12-5 to March.
With an ominous start in the second half, Ely levelled the score after 44 minutes but missed a relatively easy conversion.
Play went back and forward over the next 15 minutes with no side holding the upper hand until March robbed Ely ball on their 22 and Conway went over for a converted try.
This started a period of March dominance and Coetzer went over for an excellent try after some very good work from the whole team. Again Porter converted.
March were now looking to run away with the match and suddenly started to dominate the scrums when they had struggled during the rest of the afternoon.
Man of the Match Ryan went over for another well-taken try in the 76th minute which was converted far out on the left with a marvellous use of the wind by Porter.
This started the first of three tries in the last four minutes, two to March and one to Ely and with the Bears’ last try being scored by supercharged flying captain Bates under the sticks.
A good afternoon’s work by March and not in the easiest of conditions.
Photos: MBRUFC (March in red, Ely in yellow).