Double the fun for try-scorer Pape
Ealing Trailfinders’ Steve Pape hailed the forward pack’s effort after ending Esher’s unbeaten home record with a 22-5 win on Saturday.
The big second row was at the heart of the forward’s effort and he ran in the second of three tries, to make it two in two weeks. The pack took control early in the match; Arthur Ellis opened the scoring on five minutes and scored the third after halftime, his sixth and seventh of the season.
“As a collective I thought the forwards were excellent, but the backs weren’t quite as effective as they have been in years gone by, ” Pape said.
“The Ealing brand has always been a good bunch of boys that like to throw the ball around, but today for the first time in a while the forwards did a really top job that won us the game.”
A week ago Pape scored his first try in an Ealing Trailfinders shirt against Macclesfield and he grabbed a second in two weeks from the back of a maul against Esher.
Against Esher the Taunton-born Pape packed down alongside the Jones brothers Carwyn and Llewelyn in the engine room. All three were crucial to the pack’s dominance; driving Esher back at the scrum, bossing the lineout and staying in control in the loose.
It carries on the pack’s work throughout the season so far, which has helped ensure that Ben Ward’s team is top of National 1 having won eight from eight.
“I think we’re doing an excellent job up front, ” Pape added. “The scrum is going quite well and if you remember back two years ago to National 1 we had some tough days at scrum time, real tough days.
“Two years ago when we went up Esher caused us all sorts of problems, especially at scrum time and from the forwards point of view it was massively pleasing to put them right up against it for the duration of the game."