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Lowestoft and Yarmouth 41, Canvey Island 15: Lowestoft and Yarmouth got back to winning ways in Division 2NE with a seven try rout and in the process played some of their best rugby of the season.
The improved performance proved that they have nobody to fear in this league and shows just how careless they were to let it slip in their two recent home losses to Enfield and Old Streetonians.
An inspired back row performance, where flankers Steve Adams and Josh Fewkes both shone alongside captain Marc Thomas, paved the way to victory.
The game started poorly for L&Y as the Canvey kick-off was caught on the run and the visitors raced under the posts for a converted score.
L&Y roused themselves and after a blind move Dave Tiueti made space for Dave Palmer to score wide out. Then some wonderful interplay worked room for Myles McAlone to race over wide to the right. Chapman again couldn't convert the difficult kick but L&Y were ahead.
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Some punishing runs were sucking in the defence, and one such passage allowed Thomas to appear in midfield and put Tiueti over for the third try.
The fourth try was the pick of the game. Adams set off up the pitch, offloaded to Thomas on his shoulder and with great lines and deft hands, Tiueti sent McAlone racing over on the left. Chapman was having no luck with the tough kicks from wide out, but generously handed the duties to Tiueti for the fifth try when, from a scrum, Nelson dummied the Tongan centre and scuttled under the posts.
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At 27-7, L&Y's team talk at the break was all about continuing what they were doing and Nelson and Tiueti combined in midfield and Brad Sutherland latched onto the ball under the posts where he was driven over the line by his forwards.
Tiueti again got the easy kick, but Canvey soon replied with a penalty kick of their own.
Into the gusty wind, L&Y were having to keep the ball in hand and with the game essentially won they were more willing to run and throw the ball around whenever given the chance.
Tiueti popped up twice in the move for the final L&Y try, when he and Sutherland released Palmer to beat his opposite number down the right and run round under the posts for his second try.
The final quarter was a more even affair largely played in the Canvey half, but a fine punt into the corner did allow the visitors to score an unconverted consolation from a driven line-out.