Beccles Rugby Club knocked out of cup
Beccles 12, Rochford Hundred 25
BECCLES went out of the Intermediate Rugby Cup when they were beaten by Rochford.
Beccles are now left to concentrate on league action and they start with a trip to Enfield Ignatian tomorrow.
Beccles will need a win to start closing the gap on some of the sides above them.
In the Intermediate Cup, a strong first-half showing by Rochford killed the game off and they ran out winners by 25-12.
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Beccles were missing Hinsley, Sale and Veasey-Lark. They were replaced by Hewitt, Scotchner and Calver.
Beccles knew they would be in for a tough game with Rochford top of the same league as Beccles and having only lost once this season.
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Rochford started the game well and had Beccles under pressure. They scored two tries to go into the lead.
They then added another try and a penalty whilst Maeer was in the sin bin. At half-time they were well in control, leading by 18–0.
Beccles rallied in the second half and put in a better performance.
The forwards were driving the ball on well. Musker McIntyre man of the match Rix stood out, showing some strong ball-carrying skills.
Beccles got close to the opposition line, and when the ball was driven on from a line-out the Beccles pack surged over the Rochford line and Ling touched down for a score. However, the conversion was missed.
Rochford hit back and another try made the game safe. However, it was Beccles who had the last word.
The forwards again carried the ball close to the Rochford line. The ball was recycled well and fed out to Murray. He rounded the stretched Rochford defence and scored under the posts.
He converted his own try to give a final score of 25-12.