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Match Report by Steph Franklin - Esher 81-7 Westcliff

Match Report by Steph Franklin

Esher 81-7 Westcliff

Debutant Liam Thornton made his mark as he ran in four tries to ease Esher to a thirteen-try victory over Westcliff.

The hosts were on the front foot from the start, with Hugh Sloan first to score, before a dominant Esher maul five minutes later led to Joe Vajner touching down, before Phil Cokanasiga scored the first of his eventual hat trick.

The home side's bonus point try came thanks to a break from Jack Lavin which found the hands of Sam Bullock who thundered over in the corner to score, though the wind blew Morley's conversion off-course.

Further first-half Esher tries followed from Liam Thornton on his debut, and Cameron Wilkins, before a second each for Cokanasiga and Thornton, the latter two of which followed well-placed grubber kicks from Tomek Pozniak.

The hosts came out flying in the second half, with tries for Tomek Pozniak and an impressive score from Joe Vajner following a tenacious break from Sam Morley.

Westcliff finally managed to score in the 63rd minute thanks to some solid attacking work by the forwards, eventually finding hooker Billy Morrant who shoved through Esher's defences, before a successful conversion from Ross Gladdish.

Although the visitors kept fighting to the end, they failed to score again despite a man advantage as Esher's Jack Lavin was sent to the sin bin in the 73rd minute. The final quarter saw two more scores from Thornton, before Cokanasiga completed his hat trick in the dying seconds of the game. 

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