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Dagenham demolition job in 64-point haul

PUBLISHED: 15:43 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

DESPITE having to reshuffle their pack again this week, Dagenham recorded another mightily impressive victory as they thrashed East London 64-3 in Essex League One. Despite the heavy scoreline, the game was a much tougher affair than it would seem. East

DESPITE having to reshuffle their pack again this week, Dagenham recorded another mightily impressive victory as they thrashed East London 64-3 in Essex League One.

Despite the heavy scoreline, the game was a much tougher affair than it would seem.

East London had a well-organised line-out, a decent scrum and a handful of pacy backs, but the D's raised their performance levels yet again to put in a display that ultimately blew the visitors away.

Coach Mark Collins was happy with his side's dominant display: "I'm very pleased. We had a team meeting during the week and we decided we needed to be more clinical and we executed the final pass well," he said.

"There's a fag-paper between the sides when they up their game and they've given sides close encounters this season.

"We always knew that if we clicked into gear we could win well and unfortunately for East London, it was them,"

The home side took a little time to get into their stride, but when they did, they played some superb rugby, The pack worked manfully and despite the difficult conditions, the lineout functioned superbly.

The backs looked menacing and picked some lovely lines to trouble the home defence. Full back Dexter Devlin, who has been in imperious form since his return to the side, opened the scoring.

His try was closely followed by efforts from Bill Nelson and West Calverley as Dagenham took full control of proceedings.

Next, marauding number eight James Roberts grabbed a deserved try after finishing expertly on the blindside following a strong D's scrum.

East London responded with a penalty goal, but any hopes of a big comeback were quickly dashed when Jordan Wigham disrupted an East London line-out, allowing skipper Ben Fowler to scoop up the loose ball and dive over the line for the score.

Devlin showed great strength to score out on the right to claim the D's sixth try of the afternoon. Calverley added three conversions to give the home side a comfortable 36-3 half time lead.

Playing slightly into the elements in the second period, Dagenham had to work hard to stay on top, but the first try settled the home side down.

Thundered

Calverley went over for his second try and swiftly from the restart, Dagenham produced quick ball as Wigham thundered away, showing great pace before smashing the last defender out of the way for a fantastic individual score.

Dagenham really looked to press home their advantage and James Roberts darted into the visitors 22 finding support from Ben Fowler, and even when he was caught by the full back, he managed to neatly offload to the supporting Billy Davis to claim a try that his workrate richly deserved.

The last try displayed nice sets of hands before Simon Argent neatly stepped his man to finish. Calverley added all four conversions in the second period, for a personal points haul of 24 points in what was another barnstorming display from the Dagenham vice captain.

There was much to be pleased about in this display from Dagenham. The work rate and desire of the squad is tremendous and this was a clinical performance with ten superb tries.

"It's nice to win. We gave a debut to John Ruxton in the back row and we knew he was short of match fitness so we gave him 20-25 minutes, which was enough for him as he would have been blowing out of his backside if he's played the whole game," Collins said.

"We need to carry on the good work now. It's nice to be the team everyone else wants to beat and this could be the year we fulfil our potential."

Full credit must also go to East London, who showed enormous character and battled hard right to the last whistle. Next up, the D's entertain Writtle Wanderers next weekend, 3pm kick off at Central Park.

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