Wyverns easily beat Ilford

East London Wyverns 62 Ilford III 5 EAST LONDON S second team, the Wyverns, finished their league season in style with a comprehensive victory over Ilford on Saturday. The Newham side are now league champions of Merit Table Four, with an impressive record

East London Wyverns 62 Ilford III 5

EAST LONDON'S second team, the Wyverns, finished their league season in style with a comprehensive victory over Ilford on Saturday.

The Newham side are now league champions of Merit Table Four, with an impressive record of 16 wins from 18 games, with a points difference of 524.

Despite winning the league last week, the Wyverns were intent on performing in their last fixture and scored nine well-worked tries.


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It became apparent early on in the game that the Wyverns had the beating of Ilford out wide, and a gameplan was devised to exploit this, as at every opportunity the home side looked to release the outside backs.

With scrum-half Dave Thomas attacking the fringes around the breakdown, the Ilford back row found it difficult to defend the wider channels in time when the ball was released.

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This allowed the pacey Wyvens backline enough time and space to score some great tries.

Debutant winger Johnny Smith, who was later named man of the match, finished with a hat-trick, while outside centre Nick Dashti and scrum-half Thomas scored two apiece.

Captain John Higginson was in fine form with the boot, kicking seven conversions and a penalty.

The Wyverns are in action again this weekend in the League Cup against Maldon's second team.

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