GALLERY: March Bears 13 - 32 Haverhill - visitors run away with the game late on

Simon Whittaker leads the charge against Haverhill. Picture: Steve Williams.

Simon Whittaker leads the charge against Haverhill. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

March Bears were right in the game well in to the second half against Haverhill ... but a sloppy last 20 minutes saw them lose 32-13 on Saturday.

From the kick off the Bears set out their intentions, using quick recyclable ball to allow the backs to try and breach Haverhill’s defence.

March were rewarded with a penalty which Ben Brooke slotted over. The lead was short lived as Haverhill powered over for an unconverted try.

March again pressed forward and quick ball released to the backs allowed Brooke to make the opening for full back Michael Croucher to zip in under the posts for a converted try.

Some poor tackling allowed Haverhill to put the March defence under pressure. March turned over a ruck and managed to get out of their 22 metre area only to give away a penalty. With half time fast approaching, Haverhill kicked it to reduce March’s lead to 10-8.

Haverhill indiscipline allowed Brooke to increase March’s lead with a penalty to 13-8, before the visitors levelled with an unconverted try.

With twenty minutes to go, poor tackling allowed Haverhill to take the lead with a converted try.

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The visitors ran in two more tries, one converted, as the Bears wilted under pressure.

Man of the match was Bears prop Nick Hornsby for his outstanding tackling and work rate around the pitch.

The match was refereed excellently by retiring Tony Kennedy whose contribution allowed for a fast flowing game.