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Harries double sets standard for Christmas run-in

Will Harries believes that Ealing Trailfinders have laid down a marker of how they need to play for the rest of the season after their 56-15 win over Fylde on Saturday.

The Welsh fullback scored either side of halftime to secure the try-bonus point and by the end of the match the team had scored eight tries in the match, three in the first half and five in the second. 

The result was a confident start to a run of five matches that also features away fixtures with Coventry and Rosslyn Park and home clashes with local rivals Blackheath and Old Albanian. 

“We said last week that it was the start of a hard run of games for us, ” Harries said. “We had our heads switched on last week, but then switched off. 

“We did well this week and now need to push on next week. We’re away to Coventry next week and then have Rosslyn Park coming up and they are just below us in the table.”

The win against Fylde was in contrast to the previous match at home to Tynedale. While Ealing Trailfinders ended with a 64-43 victory, the match was a classic game of two halves. 

Having scored eight tries to two in the first half to seemingly take full control of the contest, Tynedale responded in the stronger in the second and ran in five tries to Ealing Trailfinders’ two. 

“I think we were a lot better in the second half today, ” Harries added. “The first half was similar and we played quite well in the first half against Tynedale, but this time we didn’t switch off. 

“Today every time we scored our goal was to score the next points rather than let them back in the game”

Harries will miss the match away to Coventry as he will be playing for the Wales’ 7s team at the Dubai 7s. 

He showed his prowess against Fylde with two tries, the second of which a sublime chip and chase after he picked a strong line from a scrum on the halfway line. 

“I’m always happy to get on the scoresheet and always happy to score, ” he said. “There were a couple of things I need to work on that I was annoyed about but other than it is happy days.

“I like to get my hands on the ball and the type of rugby that Ealing Trailfinders likes to play suits my game.”