An ever increasing list of injuries coupled with the final Six Nations weekend meant that an understrength AEI lost to the more experienced home team in a hastily arranged fixture.
The backline showed only two regular players with flanker Lee Clark pressed into the centres and recent recruit Darvey Oliver playing fly half having only registered 40 minutes on the wing with the AEI. With Tailenders loaning AEI two players to make the sides more even, the result was never really in doubt; the much more cohesive support play and overall experience of the Tailenders threatening to turn the match into a wholly one-sided affair.
However, the lack of Tailenders’ match fitness, coupled with some quick thinking and quicker running gave the AEI a measure of reward in a match which was thoroughly enjoyed by both sides. Pieter Stander showed his pace to carve his way under the posts after pouncing on a loose ball just outside his own 22 and two quick lineouts gave an opportunistic Nathan Yeung the chance to keep the scoreline respectable.
There were some injury concerns with both props Andy and Chris Clark leaving the field in the first half and Nathan Yeung performing an unsuccessful head flip after being tackled by a Tailenders prop.
Attention will be turned towards the business end of the league season with AEI very much still in the hunt for top spot with 4 games still to go, the first of which is away to Coventry Tech 2 on Saturday 24 March.