Emile Hertz praised his Enfield Ignatians side after they defeated Chelmsford 36-19

Enfield Ignatians coach Emile Hertz praised the spirit of his side after the Blue and Golds claimed a 36-19 victory to end Chelmsford’s seven-match winning streak in London Two North-East.

Ignatians never looked back after making a fast start. They were 12-0 in front after six minutes following tries from Jordan Wilson and man of the match Keir Bonnar.

Chelmsford hinted briefly at a revival after Sebastian Hill capitalised on some good work from Rhys Mason to go over.

Enfield then added to their advantage as some nifty footwork from full-back Dan Savagar turned the defence inside out and he was left free to touch down.

Ignatians were under the cosh in the final minutes of the first period when they were reduced to 14 men after Rob Wyer was sin-binned.

But despite the numerical inferiority, Ignatians gave themselves a massive lift by holding-out from a five-metre scrum.

Enfield’s dominant forward platform continued to hurt Chelmsford after the break and the rampant Blue and Golds secured further tries through Savagar and Bonnar. Jordan Wilson, the scorer of four conversions, also landed a penalty.

Chelmsford managed late consolation scores from Guthrie Holiday and Nick Sany but it was too little too late.

Hertz said: “You could sense the atmosphere in the dressing room before the game. We changed a few things in the warm-up and made a very good and fast start in the game.

“The first-half performance, in which we scored three tries, is as good as we have played all season. We forced Chelmsford into making mistakes and really got in their faces. You could sense that we were really hungry and up for it.

“We had to change almost our entire front five (after the Basildon game) to accommodate injuries and absences. Although Chelmsford, to their credit, never stopped trying, and their tries were all well worked and constructed from way out.”

Ignatians were without Frank Stavrou and Sam Emery as both featured in Cyprus’ 22-8 win against over Austria in European Pool C.

Elsewhere, Enfield’s Under-17s drew 17-17 in an away friendly against Finchley.

Two tries from Lewis White and Dillon Adabie, plus an Alex Bucknall conversion, were not enough as a late Finchley try levelled the contest.

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