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Saffron Walden 3 Colchester 24 report - Third straight win for Essex side

PUBLISHED: 15:30 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:30 18 September 2017

Ollie Pickett rumbles through for Colchester at Saffron Walden. Picture: MAGGIE WHITEMAN

Ollie Pickett rumbles through for Colchester at Saffron Walden. Picture: MAGGIE WHITEMAN

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Saffron Walden 3

Colchester 24

Consistent Colchester picked up their third bonus point win in three weeks playing away at Essex rivals Saffron Walden in a rain-drenched game.

James Mitchell scores Colchester's final try at Saffron Walden. Picture: MAGGIE WHITEMANJames Mitchell scores Colchester's final try at Saffron Walden. Picture: MAGGIE WHITEMAN

Man-of-the-match Joe McMillan kept the front row steady in the scrums and was prominent with his good ball retention in the loose.

Scrum half Matt Wadling in his first full game also played well in defence and attack keeping his opponents guessing as to his next move.

The hosts, wearing green, kicked off and before long Colchester earned a scrum on the halfway line. Following a good shove, Wadling whipped the ball out to fly half David Higgins who found centre Dave Brennan in space to score out left. Higgins converted and the visitors were ahead 7-0.

The Greens soon replied by putting pressure on Colchester down the middle of the pitch and converting a penalty. Unfortunately after this flying start the game deteriorated with a large error count on both sides.

Higgins and the home fullback exchanged many long kicks but the rest of the play was a bit fractured.

Centre Brennan was replaced by George Liversidge to vary the back play but still penalties were being given away. Indeed the Greens were unlucky when a penalty rebounded off the post and nearly led to them scoring but for lock Joe Colcomb and No 8 Ollie Pickett holding up the ball and stopping a possible try.

Colchester also had their chances, once in the corner and later under the posts but they were disallowed by the referee.

The sodden spectators were getting impatient for a score when the impasse was broken as the visitors’ half backs put centre Shelford Meads over for an unconverted try to make it 12-3 with half-time beckoning.

Before long Colchester were back in the hosts’ half and after hooker Simon Gray linked well in the lineout with skipper Liam Pickett, Wadling scored a converted try to bring the interval score to 1-39.

With the addition of prop Jerone Awesu and debutant Jamie Murray, gradually the Blacks unlocked a long second half stalemate, Colchester passing the ball through many hands before prop James Mitchell added a final score for the visitors.

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