Ellis leaves mark on familiar ground
Arthur Ellis was back on familiar turf at Richmond’s Athletic Ground on Saturday and he left his mark on a ground he knows very well.
The Ealing Trailfinders flanker took his first steps in rugby aged four in Richmond’s mini section and played for the team across Kew Bridge all the way to under-18 level.
He showed how well he has progressed as a player by scoring Ealing Trailfinders third try and putting in a typically aggressive performance on the flank.
“I went all the way through the minis up to U16, U18, so it was nice being back at a ground where I’ve got a lot of find memories and where I played from when I was four, ” he said.
“There were lots of family and friends here today, so it was good to put in a performance for them. It is my first one (try) from open play. I’ve been relying on the forwards to push me over, so it was good to get the ball in hand and get over.”
Ealing Trailfinders 26-16 win was an important statement as it opens up a three point lead at the top of the National 1 table. Prior to kick off the teams were level on points, with Ben Ward’s side only ahead on points difference.
However, after Richmond fullback Rob Kirby opened the scoring with a penalty Phil Chesters put Ealing Trailfinders ahead with his seventh try of the season and it was a lead the West Londoners built upon as the match continued.
Equally satisfying was the performance in defence with the league’s leading scorers kept out until a minute from time when prop Jeremy Cunnew burrowed over.
“We did what we wanted to do, ” Ellis said. “We came here and got the job done and got the five points, so it’s a good feeling. We stuck it out at the end with 20 minutes of defence and we only conceded one try when it was backs to the wall.
“We spoke about keeping them under 10 points and we did that until the 79th minute. Fair play to them, they stuck at it and probably deserved it at the end, but for 15 minutes we managed to hold them out.”