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Sat 9 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 2 North East Full time Attendance 107

Ipswich rout Basildon to maintain Survival hopes


Basildon 10 - 57 Ipswich

Ipswich’s heavyweights battered and ran Basildon into submission as they racked up eight tries to keep their survival hopes alive.

Ipswich’s outside centre’s brace either side of half-time capped a dominant performance.

With a backline rampant and worthy carriers up front Basildon had no answer to Ipswich’s big ball carriers.

1st team v Ipswich RFC - Sat 9 March
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A brace from Lewis Chaplin were scant consolation for Mark Cushiceri’s struggling team in a game that only seldom became a genuine contest.

It means Ipswich will go into the final three games with a shot at survival although they will need to better the results of the teams around them to pull it off.

For Basildon it was another chastening afternoon, their 18th defeat of the season and their hunt for a win in this league now stretching back to November.

Ipswich simply had too much of the ball and therefore simply too much for Basildon. They worked their prop, flanker and 8 on to the ball at first receiver and when they didn’t make serious yardage they were able to use their direct inside centre and pacy winger.

With Basildon first losing flanker Brad Long to injury and then Tom Einchcomb, Ipswich had built up a sizable lead by half time.

Basildon knew they would have to play a tight game and the pick-and-go was how they scored both their tries, Lewis Chaplin the scorer of both. Unfortunately Basildon could not keep the possession and often coughed it up or were stripped.

Ipswich were very good at creating space and worked through the phases to get their backs into open space.

As the confidence went from Basildon, Ipswich began to run from everywhere and the game ended with succession of tries.

Basildon can take hope from the fact that the lineouts and scrums went well and that this team is united. Every player battled on to the end in what has been a difficult season.

Lewis Chaplin continues to develop into a modern prop, Jake Knowles worked tirelessly and Jack Longhurst carried well beating many players.

Basildon return on the 23 March for an away trip to Stowmarket. All supporters are welcome to join the team on the coach for the trip.

Basildon: Beach, Sargent, Longhurst, Williams, Causton, Ridley, Gounden; Chaplin, Hulse, Bramley, Groves, Einchcomb, Knowles, Long, Keefe.

Replacements: Harman, Payne, Cushiceri.

Dinner - Was it a pasta cart? Referee spotted with a ham roll.

Weather - Breezy with the sun occasionally breaking the clouds.

Badgers seen - none.

Favourite theory - Dunning-Kruger effect.

Key moments

Try Louis Chaplin scores for Basildon
Try Louis Chaplin scores for Basildon

Videos and photos

1st team v Ipswich RFC - Sat 9 March
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71:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Basildon
70:00 Sub Off
Jack Longhurst is substituted off for Basildon
61:00 Missed Conversion
Sam Ridley misses a conversion for Basildon
60:00 Try 10 - 0
Louis Chaplin scores for Basildon
51:00 Sub On
Tom Einchcomb is substituted on for Basildon
50:00 Sub Off
Taylor Bramley is substituted off for Basildon
End of period 1
21:00 Sub On
Kieran Payne is substituted on for Basildon
21:00 Sub On
Jim Harman is substituted on for Basildon
20:00 Sub Off
Bradley Long is substituted off for Basildon
20:00 Sub Off
Tom Einchcomb is substituted off for Basildon
6:00 Missed Conversion
Sam Ridley misses a conversion for Basildon
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Louis Chaplin scores for Basildon
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Basildon
  • Ipswich
  • 0
  • Louis Chaplin Try 5:00'
  • Bradley Long Sub Off 20:00'
  • Tom Einchcomb Sub Off 20:00'
  • Kieran Payne Sub On 21:00'
  • Jim Harman Sub On 21:00'
  • Taylor Bramley Sub Off 50:00'
  • Tom Einchcomb Sub On 51:00'
  • Louis Chaplin Try 60:00'
  • Jack Longhurst Sub Off 70:00'
  • Sub On 71:00'

Team selection

Beach, Aaron Beach, Aaron
Sargeant, Sam Sargeant, Sam
Williams, Elliott Williams, Elliott
Longhurst, Jack Longhurst, Jack
Causton, Levi Causton, Levi
Ridley, Sam Ridley, Sam
Gounden, Jared Gounden, Jared
Keefe, Elliott Keefe, Elliott
Long, Bradley Long, Bradley
Knowles, Jake Knowles, Jake
Einchcomb, Tom Einchcomb, Tom
Groves, Robin Groves, Robin
Bramley, Taylor Bramley, Taylor
Hulse, Jamie Hulse, Jamie
Chaplin, Louis Chaplin, Louis

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Wanstead 22 63
7. Ipswich 22 57
8. Southwold 22 50
9. South Woodham Ferrers 22 44
10. Cantabrigian 22 41
11. Harlow 22 38
12. Basildon 22 6

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