Defeat for Bears in local derby against Tigers

March Bears' match against Ely Tigers on Saturday (December 18) ended in defeat for the Bears.

March Bears' match against Ely Tigers on Saturday (December 18) ended in defeat for the Bears. - Credit: March Bears Rugby Club

March Bears took on a mixed Ely 1st and 2nd team on Saturday (December 18) in a fixture arranged at the last minute to give both teams a run out before Christmas. 

The Bears fielded a team of youngsters with some older heads against a much bigger and more experienced Ely Tigers’ side at Elm Road. 

Halfway through the first half, the score was in Ely’s favour after a converted try in the ninth minute and a second just ten minutes later took the score to 0-14. 

March Bears' match against Ely Tigers on Saturday (December 18) ended in defeat for the Bears.

March Bears' match against Ely Tigers on Saturday (December 18) ended in defeat for the Bears. - Credit: March Bears Rugby Club


March then rallied and five minutes from half time, Brooke dinked a kick over the Ely back line.

Howat then converted bringing the score back to 7-14. 

But, Ely hadn't finished and a well taken long drop goal brought the score to 7-17. 

March Bears' match against Ely Tigers on Saturday (December 18) ended in defeat for the Bears.

March Bears' match against Ely Tigers on Saturday (December 18) ended in defeat for the Bears. - Credit: March Bears Rugby Club


In the second half, Ely passed three tries in 10 minutes, taking the score to 7 -36. 

March’s Deacon went over for a second try but it was not converted. 


Ely had the last say with a try ending the match on March 12 v Ely 53.