Wathes notches first half treble in Eagles win

PUBLISHED: 09:44 24 June 2010

Action from the Eagles in a home Rugby League game

Action from the Eagles in a home Rugby League game

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EAST Devon Eagles continued their wining ways with a fourteen try romp at home to the South Dorset Giants, writes Jan McCarthy.

The hosts were ahead in the seventh minute when Dougie Wright crossed over under the posts from a set move and then young Dan MacLeod, in only his second game of rugby league, tucked away the conversion. The visitors though responded immediately, scoring a quick-fire brace of converted tries.

A double from Mark Wathes, both converted by MacLeod, put the eagles back in command.

Jack Downie broke through the tacklers and offloaded to Dale Sleeman who scored an unconverted try wide out but Giants scored a converted try in reply.

Just before half time, from a penalty move, Dan Cuthbertson bulldozed through to crash over with MacLeod adding the extras. There was still time for Wathes to complete a first half hat trick, taking the Eagles into the break leading 32-14.

Straight from the kick off, Giants penetrated the Eagles line for a converted try but that was the end of their scoring opportunities.

Downie took the ball on and wove through the defence with Chris Strong in support at pace and he stepped inside the last man to power over in the corner, MacLeod converting.

From a penalty awarded for Giants indiscipline, Richie Guy passed on to Sleeman and then outside to Downie who scored his second, MacLeod adding the extras and then he caught an interception to make a solo break through and go over, kicking his own conversion.

Ollie Turton’s touchline run was rewarded with a try, but the difficult conversion fell short and he followed this with his second try when he fielded a Downie high cross-field kick, MacLeod adding the extras.

The last ten minutes saw three more Eagles tries from Downie, Paul Morgan and James Holman, Sleeman converting one, giving the Eagles an excellent 74 - 20 victory.

Player-Coach Tony Emmins said: “It was pleasing to see the side back in control dominating defence and with well drilled set piece attacks. Sterling defence from Flower, Sleeman and Downie was a major part in the victory”

It was a close contest for Man of the Match was between Chris Strong and Sean Lovett but Lovett came first for his unseen control and strong ball carrying.

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