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Jenkins aiming for more after try-scoring debut

Aled Jenkins is aiming to maintain the impressive form he displayed on his Ealing Trailfinders debut to help the team move further up the Greene King IPA Championship table.

The Welsh centre ran in a try in the 27-14 victory over Doncaster Knights and also made a number of important tackles as last season’s runners-up threatened to strike back late in the second half.

“I did alright,” he said. “As a player you always seen things to work on, but am happy with the debut and happy with the team. I’m glad for the team to get the win and now we can push on.

“It is huge for the confidence and a big momentum swing for us. Hopefully we can push on, get a few wins under our belt, keep pushing up that table and really make a mark on that league.”

The win was Ealing Trailfinders’ second of the season and means they now sit in seventh after their opening five Championship fixtures of season. 

Jenkins’ try came midway through the second half and stretched the west London side’s lead to 20-7. Joe Munro scored in the first half and Curtis Wilson then followed Jenkins across the try-line with just over 10 minutes to go. 

Fly-half Aaron Penberthy converted all three conversions and also knocked over a brace of penalties early in the second half that allowed Ealing Trailfinders to keep the visitors at arm’s length for the rest of the match. 

“When we get into the swing of things we’re a dangerous team with the ball in hand,” Jenkins said. “We knew we were a lot fitter than them and we knew they were a big team and used a lot of energy to get from side to side. We said to keep the engines running and to keep working them and there would be gaps for tries.

“First half they ground us down, but we pride ourselves on our fitness and our ball in hand skills and that showed in the second half and hopefully we can do that against every team we face in the coming weeks.”