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Patience pays of off for Daniels

Luke Daniels endured a long wait before he could make his Ealing Trailfinders debut, but once he had it didn’t take him long to show his skills in a green and white jersey.

After he made his debut off the bench midway through the pre-Christmas match against Old Albanian, he was given the whole of the second half against Blaydon and responded by running in his first try for the club. 

“I was quite happy with my individual performance, ” he said. “The first time I touched the ball I wanted to get a carry in, so I pretty much ran straight and got that carry in. 

“From then I was in the game and wanted the ball at all times. I was pretty happy with my try, my first one for the club as well.”

Daniel’s try ensured that Ealing Trailfinders returned from Blaydon with a four-try bonus point under their belts that stretches their lead at the top of National 1 to six points. 

The 22-year-old Port Elizabeth native raced clear down the right wing to show the quality that won him a place in last season’s National 1 team of the year following a season in which he had scored 267 points for Esher. 

Andy Reay twice, Arthur Ellis and Sam Wardingley scored the other tries as Ealing Trailfinders beat the north-east side for the first time in their history. 

“I thought it was a professional performance by the team as a whole, ” Daniels said. “We had a plan going up there and we stuck to it and we stuck to our plan and stuck to our structures. 

“They were competitive, especially in the first 20 or 30 minutes and I think we stuck to our patterns and ran hard. It was a bit of a narrow pitch so we played a bit of territory. Ealing Trailfinders have never won away to Blaydon, so it was a good win with the five points as well.”