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Rochford Hundred beaten by Brentwood
THREE late yellow cards saw Rochford Hundred sink to a 28-12 defeat against Brentwood.
The game was evenly poised going in to the final quarter.
But a trio of players being sent to the sin bin hit Rochford hard.
Before the late drama, Rochford went in front when Tom Corbet dived over to score.
However, this spurred Brentwood on and late in the half their forwards drove over the Rochford line for a converted try.
To finish the first half the visitors also converted a penalty kick to put their them 10-5 up.
The second half continued in the same vein with both sides trying to gain advantage.
Rochford won good ball from line-outs and in the loose but could not put together sufficient quality play and ball was wasted.
Their endeavours did pay off eventually when powerful number eight James Needham scored an excellent try for his brother Dan to convert.
But Brentwood came back with another try to regain the lead.
That should have set up an exciting finish but things began to go horribly wrong for Rochford as the referee sin-binned three of their players during a 10 minute spell.
The visitors took full advantage and scored two tries, one of which they converted before also kicking a penalty to seal a victory which pushed Rochford back down in to the relegation zone.
But Hundred’s first team manager Graham Pratt is confident the club will bounce back.
“The side needs to start gelling again and the new players will need plenty of help to settle in but once that happens I am sure things will begin to take shape,” said Pratt