Holt 27, Brightlingsea 10

Holt marched into the third round of the RFU Junior Vase after winning their first-ever meeting with Brightlingsea from Essex One.

Both sides took a while to size each other up with Holt looking dangerous on excursions into their opponent's half without being able to add a finishing touch.

Brightlingsea took the lead after 19 minutes when their No 8 went over for an unconverted try following a maul close to the Holt line.

The reverse stung Holt into a positive reaction and, four minutes later, Jarry-Ryan scored under the posts following a determined run with Allen adding the conversion.

Holt were realising their opponents were keen to run the ball with some good inter-passing and not relying so much on kicking while the home side were too keen to kick away possession.


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Holt had a let off when a scoring pass was adjudged to be forward, but with half-time approaching the hosts added to their slender lead when Allen kicked a penalty.

The second half started with Holt making ground right to Brightlingsea's line thanks to a determined run by Amiss, but the move was not finished and they had to retreat to deal with an interception which took play well into their own half.

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With rain falling, handling became difficult for both sides, but Holt were dictating events and increased their lead when Woods scored from close range.

Allen's conversion made the score 17-5 and the game was made safe ten minutes later when Robson chipped ahead, ran onto the ball and raced down the touch line to score in the corner.

Three minutes later, following a spell of pressure on the visitors' line, Filby added his name to the scorers to extend the lead to 27-5. But Brightlingsea had the last word with a well taken try two minutes from time.

West Norfolk were the most emphatic local winners in the competition, romping through 44-3 at Thetford. Crusaders are out after losing 27-17 at Ipswich YM-

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