Ton-up Dagenham produce clinical display as Clacton rivals are put to the sword
PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 December 2018
Dagenham Rugby Club put Essex League Division One rivals Clacton to the sword in a stunning 112-0 victory at Central Park.
Buoyed by their cup win over Upminster a week earlier, their pack quickly gained the upper hand against the visitors.
With their forwards winning scrums against the head and the majority of lineout ball, Dagenham’s backs were able to gain yards as the hosts ran in a total of 19 tries in a clinical show.
Billy Driver’s powerful run down the wing led to the opening try in the corner and dominant Daggers found various ways to score to build a 53-0 lead by the break.
David Kitenge, Jermaine Darkwa and Shadai Smith went over, before Driver’s second try was converted by Jordan Calverley.
Jordan Darkwa, Joe Parkin and Lewis Pruce added their names to the scoresheet, before Driver completed his hat-trick, and three more Calverley conversions helped bring up the half century.
It remained one-way traffic in the second half as Daggers kept their composure in attack, with Jordan Darkwa’s try converted by Calverley before Driver went over for a fourth time.
A penalty try was followed by a Joe Jones effort, converted by Driver, and Tom Preston touched down for a score converted by Calverley.
Driver took his haul to six tries with two more, both converted by Calverley, to bring up the century, before Jack Warner’s try was also converted and Jordan Darkwa rounded off the haul by completing his own treble.
Head coach Brian Wren said: “I’m obviously delighted with the result and some of the play was excellent, particularly around the scrum which is becoming a real force.
“We were a little over enthusiastic at times and could have been more clinical in some of our processes but it’s understandable that players get a little try hungry when the score keeps ticking over the way it was.
“Clacton should be given a lot of credit as they kept plugging away until the end. But for some great defensive work they would have registered some scores.”
Dagenham visit bottom club Thames this weekend and Wren added: “They haven’t had the best results but the fact they are out there giving it their all each weekend means it’s another challenge we must face. Clearly the result is an impressive one, but this is still a work in progress and we have more to come.”
*The seconds beat Loughton 24-0 in Merit Six West as Kennie Fricker, Tia Nyakabau, Nathan Palmer-Anscomb and Jake Yellop scored tries, while Scott Ballard added two conversions.
Dagenham: S Jones, Parkin, Drake (J Warner) D Wren, Kitenge (G Wren), Genovesa, J Darkwa, J Jones, Matthews, J Darkwa (C Warner) Pruce, Driver, Smith, Preston.