SIX tries and some fine kicking made for an entertaining game of rugby on a bitterly cold day at Goddington Dene on Saturday where Westcombe Park defeated Thurrock 35-18.
The opening 15 minutes of each half were Thurrock’s but resolute defending from Combe, and then some great attacking, secured a bonus win for the hosts.
Thurrock full-back Frankie Lane got the visitors’ first 13 points with a try, a conversion and three penalties.
The try and conversion, a magnificent effort, gave Thurrock a lead they held until late in the half.
Prop Reece Conlon got the reward from some tough forwards’ work near the line.
Luke Giles got the conversion to add to an earlier penalty and then added another on the stroke of half-time to give Combe a 13-7 advantage.
Thurrock dominated the start of the second period and a pair of Lane penalties drew the sides level at the end of the third quarter.
Combe then forged ahead with tries from Ben Hough, Niki Davies and Charlie Edwards. Two were converted, one from Giles and the last by Joe Simpson.
With the bonus point and a 19-point lead, Combe relaxed enough for a forward push to net Thurrock flanker James Kellard a try.
But just as in the first period, the last kick of the half saw Simpson score the last of Combe’s points.
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