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13:00 Friday 06 April 2012  Written by Dan Darlington

Slough RFC beat the drop despite ugly brawl

Slough RFC claimed their fourth league scalp of the season in an ugly encounter at Tadley on Saturday.

The second-bottom side scored five tries to win the game 27-19, but it will be remembered as much for a second-half flashpoint which saw players from both camps involved in an

ugly brawl.

Eventually players from both sides were pulled apart and the referee showed a red card to Slough’s Werner Van De Merwe and a Tadley player.

Captain Garry Belson, centre Max Miles, John Worthington, John Spandley and Charlie Turner scored the tries and Greenies coach Paul Rendall (pictured) said the fight failed to mar an impressive away win.

“It was a great performance from my boys,” he said.

“It was a tough match but I was pleased with the commitment shown by my players.”

Rendall described the player’s fight as ‘worrying’, but said it had been a tense ‘niggly’ game and he was surprised that tempers had flared.

“The players had been niggling at each other all through the match,” he said. “Matt Flisher had gone over and one of their players punched him on the ground, he got up and threw the ball at his head and it all just kicked off.

“We were driving towards their line and I think they were just a bit annoyed and frustrated.”

The win ensured Slough’s league status, and Rendall was delighted to have avoided the drop.

“We have achieved what we wanted to achieve this season after the shock of losing our first 11 games,” he said.

“It’s been a good season and the young players who have come in this year will be stronger next season.”

Slough play their final league game at home to Grove on Saturday, April 14.

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