Thetford RUFC wrap up Eastern Counties Two title with Fakenham win
PUBLISHED: 16:34 08 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:34 08 April 2014
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The Eastern Counties Two title has been wrapped up by Thetford, to officially kick off the promotion party at Two Mile Bottom.
Keith Rix’s side had already sealed their elevation to EC1 with a dramatic 27-24 home win against title rivals Thurston two weeks previously.
But on Saturday the title was wrapped up as well, with an emphatic 69-16 victory over Fakenham.
Thetford started full of intent with Enviro Waste man of the match Harry Stenton opening up the Fakenham defence to put Malik Locke in for an early try, which was converted by Briggs.
Poor discipline gave Fakenham the chance to kick two penalties to bring the score to 7-6 as the game became very scrappy, but Briggs released Stenton and the fly-half jinked his way through to score a superb individual try for a 14-6 lead.
The pair then repeated their trick again soon after, with Briggs converting both for 21-6.
Quick passing allowed Locke to sprint through for his second try of the game, which Briggs converted for 28-6.
Fakenham’s prop was sent to the bin for a late hit and Locke completed his hat-trick to put Thetford 33-6 in front with 10 minutes until the break.
Two late tackles from Fakenham then sparked a brawl and when the handbags had finished, a red card was shown to the Thetford hooker and another visiting player was yellow carded.
Both sides settled down after the break and Locke came close to his fourth try but was halted by a covering tackle, only for Clark to collect and score for 38-6
Next to score was Zac Pizzey, finishing off a drive from a lineout by the Thetford pack, before Gardener collected his own kick for another converted try.
Gardener nearly repeated the move against the tiring Fakenham defence again but was tackled, only for winger Fitt to be on hand to finish off the move to make the score 57-6.
Further tries from Mason and Harper finished the job, with a late tap-and-go try from the visitors bringing the final score to 69-16.
The EC2 shield was then presented to Thetford captains Matt Briggs and Abe Barnes.
With their league season now over, it leaves Thetford with time to prepare for their Norfolk Junior Cup final against Broadland GY, at Thetford, on Saturday, April 26.