Uxbridge sec­ond string into the quarters

RUGBY UNION

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

A STORM­ING sec­ond half saw Uxbridge seconds book their place in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Mid­dle­sex Merit Cup at the ex­pense of neigh­bours Eal­ing Am­a­teurs on Satur­day.

Tries by Nick Guy and Nick Den­nis helped over­turn a 10-0 half-time deficit into a 12-10 vic­tory and an ap­point­ment with Pin­ner early in the New Year.

The hosts were soon be­hind to a try fash­ioned by Eal­ing’s big­ger pack and chances to over­turn the deficit were then spurned as Guy missed two pre­sentable penalty op­por­tu­ni­ties. Th­ese looked ex­pen­sive misses when the vis­i­tors cap­i­talised on some frail de­fence to score a sec­ond try.

Eal­ing started the sec­ond half strongly too, but Uxbridge’s de­fence re­sisted and were on the board when Guy’s cheeky chip kick bounced over the full-back and stayed in play for him to col­lect and sprint for the line.

The con­ver­sion saw them just three points in ar­rears and the come­back was com­pleted when Den­nis went over with 10 min­utes left to com­plete a flow­ing move.

Eal­ing spurned two chances to snatch vic­tory, drop­ping the ball with the line in sight and miss­ing a last-gasp kick be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle brought re­lief.

The first XV were with­out a game as they were al­ready out of the Ju­nior Vase and re­turn to Herts/Middx Two ac­tion on Satur­day at home to West London.

Other ac­tion in this league will see lead­ers face strug­gling Quin­ton and visit Chess Val­ley. Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ con­ceded their In­ter­me­di­ate Cup first round tie at Saf­fron Walden and will re­turn to London Two North West ac­tion at home to Old Hab­er­dash­ers on Satur­day.

Mean­while, in London One North, Ruis­lip’s early sea­son strug­gles con­tin­ued as they were thrashed 34-7 at home by Ching­ford.

Life is not about to get eas­ier ei­ther as Satur­day sees them visit un­beaten league lead­ers Eton Manor.

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