Ipswich rout Basildon to maintain Survival hopes
By Elliott Keefe
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.
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.