Lu­tui’s two spark Mid­lands re­vival

The Rugby Paper - - Bill Beaumont Cup - ■ By JEREMY TYRRELL

E Coun­ties ............ 21 East Mids ............ 24

EAST MID­LANDS came from 21-10 down to earn a nar­row vic­tory over Eastern Coun­ties in their open­ing Bill Beau­mont Cup game.

Aleki Lu­tui scored twice with Carl Burgess get­ting the vi­tal try in the 69th minute be­fore the lock was one of two East Mid­lands play­ers to be shown a yel­low card.

With Sam Baker and Burgess both in the sin­bin, East Mid­lands fin­ished the game with just 13 men but held on for the 24-21 suc­cess.

Shane Moyni­han opened the scor­ing for Coun­ties after just four min­utes, his try con­verted by Si­mon Hr­beck, be­fore Lu­tui re­sponded.

Josh Walker was able to touch down from the back of a driv­ing li­ne­out to move East Mid­lands ahead but St­ef­fan Jones missed the con­ver­sion.

Ash­ley Elvers and Steve Hip­well, with a strong break from mid­field, put the home side in con­trol at 21-10 ahead.

A knock-on saw the vis­i­tors miss out on a try but Lu­tui was able to bag his sec­ond be­fore Burgess stole a Coun­ties li­ne­out for the cru­cial score.

East Mid­lands made the most of their stronger bench as the hosts tired but that didn’t pre­vent Burgess and Baker be­ing shown yel­low cards for high tack­les. But Coun­ties couldn’t find a way over and it was the vis­i­tors who left tri­umphant.

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