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Rugby: Dagenham ease to big win over Bancroft

PUBLISHED: 15:35 17 October 2018

Dagenham compete for lineout ball with Bancroft (pic Dagenham RFC)

Dagenham compete for lineout ball with Bancroft (pic Dagenham RFC)

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Dagenham romped to an emphatic 83-19 win over Bancroft in the Essex Presidents Shield at Central Park on Saturday.

Playing into a strong wind and with several players out of position, the home side managed to race into a 28-0 lead thanks to some clinical finishing.

Bancroft continued to fight throughout, and deserved their three consolation tries, but the new-look Ds back line was in no mood to let up as they kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Joe Jones led the way with a five-try haul in an excellent individual display and coach Brian Wren said: “Far sterner tests lay ahead, yet it was a very positive performance and will be one to build upon.

“It was a great effort by the lads and on to a well deserved rest weekend this week before back to the league against Old Brentwoods.”

Dagenham hosted a President’s lunch before their tie with Bancroft, with around 40 attendees including guests from Essex RFU enjoying traditional East End pie and mash, cheese and port.

Essex RFU President Ivor Smith presented volunteer awards to Brian Macdonald, Russ Yellop and Michelle Warner, with club captain Dave Purton going on to play for the home side.

The seconds are due to host Ravens in Essex Merit Table Division Six West on Saturday as the under-16s visit Thurrock on Sunday.

The under-13 and under-15s meet their Barking counterparts in friendlies.

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