Double delight for super Southend

Ruislip 5-41 Southend Saxons

Southend Priors 26-15 Rochford II

IT PROVED TO BE a profitable weekend for Southend Rugby Club with both the Saxons and Priors teams recording impressive victories.

The Priors faced fierce local rivals, Rochford, in the Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League Division One on Friday evening and a decent crowd turned out to witness a hard-fought encounter at Warners Bridge.

Alfie Justice crossed twice, while Mitch Bennett and Tom Ramsey also went over as the host’s recorded a 26-15 victory.

And the Saxons backed up the good work of their second string with an altogether more comfortable 41-5 London One North triumph at struggling Ruislip on Saturday, following up a resounding 88-7 triumph over the West Londoners back in November.

Director of Rugby, Josh Ward, was delighted with the efforts of both teams.

“It’s been a great week for the group on and off the pitch, we trained brilliantly on Tuesday in monsoon conditions, we had forty at a social event Thursday and we’ve gone out and delivered two bonus point performances,” he enthused. 

“Last night (Friday) was special. I think it showed the quality in depth we have in this squad, the togetherness building throughout the club is special. 

“We ran in some great team scores from all areas of the pitch. But for me and the staff, we emphasised how our D won us the game. Joe Baldock, AJ (Alfie Justice) and Mitch (Bennett) were superb. Then to see the development of Jambo and TJ (Tom Justice) into the men’s game, it’s great to see.”

Ward continued: “Today (Saturday) was a different type of challenge. Credit to Ruislip, they’ve had a tough year but they fought extremely hard and they deserve huge credit for that. 

It wasn’t a complete performance but I’m proud of the boys for chipping away throughout, scoring some good tries and demonstrating maturity at key times. 

It was our game in hand done and lifts us to fifth which is getting us back to the right end of the table.”

Ruislip (from): B Horan, R Jeurekham, A Paul-Tsobgny, J Ramsdale, J Malawakula (Capt), B Menia, S Peach, J Varoce, A Summerfield, K Burke, M Loh, D Reid, E Horchover, S Hainsworth, J Nye, B Stone, M Manfredi, B Cassidy  

Southend Saxons: Liam Bass, Nik Grier, Joel Armitage, Blue Newton, Jake O’Kill, Dan Forster-Knight, Connor Cooper, Will Cooper, Harry Branch, Ben Lloyd, Tom Richards, Chris Vaughan, Tom Ashton, Rory Inwood, Fraser Banks

Southend Saxons Reserves: Tom Reeman, Dan Read, Tom Day

Southend Priors ( v Rochford): Ryan Campbell-Webster, Tom Mowle, Joe Baldock, Dan Buckley, Jack Buckley, Tom Justice, Jambo, Owen Gemmell, Ross O’Brien, Tom Ramsey, Ray Crossan, Freddie Short, Mitch Bennett, Sam Fix, Alfie Justice

Southend Priors Reserves: Brad Killick, Joe Evans, James Sheils, Andrew McClintock, Will Bannister, Jac Sexton

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Brian Jeeves

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