Ipswich earn crucial away win at Enfield

Ipswich Rugby Club after victory at Enfield

Ipswich Rugby Club after victory at Enfield - Credit: Archant

This was unbeaten Ipswich’s most satisfying win of the season and provided a tough test of the Suffolk team’s promotion credentials.

Ipswich were slightly better in every position on the field, and it was the culmination of each edge they had which made the difference.

The pattern began in the first five minutes with returning scrum-half John Lasbrey going over for a try made by Sam Goodwin.

Goodwin was 30 yards back when he ripped the ball out of the grasp of an Enfield prop. The try was duly converted by Corne Els.

Another converted try followed through Jermaine Watson, before Enfield grabbed one of their own.

Just before half-time came what turned out to be the breaking point. Last season a penalty awarded on the halfway line would have been cause for cynicism by the catering pack.

This year, the needle bypassed optimism on the way to near certainty, and so it was as Ipswich’s Els kicked the inevitable points.

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Leading 31-17 as the second half started, Ipswich then accelerated away and in a lightning quick break, left wing Will Davies broke down the touch line and on reaching the 22 two Enfield cover tacklers closed him down.

He chipped over their heads and collected his own pass for another converted try.

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