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Prince admits Maidenhead RFC were drawn into a dog fight in 24-12 win over derby rivals Bracknell RFC

Scott Prince, the scorer of two tries in Saturday’s 24-14 win over Bracknell, admitted Maids had been drawn into a dogfight in the second half at Braywick Park.

The hosts dominated the first 40 minutes and got over the Bracknell try line three times, with Prince dodging his way through for a couple of scores to add to Dave Cole’s try. However, the visitors ran off with their tails up at the break after scoring two opportunist tries to cut Maids’ lead to a slender three points (17-14) at the interval.

The visitors then seized the initiative in the early stages of the second half, forcing Maids onto the back foot and panicking them into gifting back possession in their own half.

However, despite going close to the Maids try line on a couple of occasions, they couldn’t breach the home side’s defences, and, when Maids were finally able to re-establish a foothold in the game and some territory of their own, they took full advantage with Cole driving over late on. Will Runciman added the extras to give them an unassailable 24-14 lead.

“Fair play to them – they made it hard work for us but it was good to come out of it with a win,” Prince said after the final whistle.

“It turned into a bit of a dog-fight in the second half but luckily, we managed to get in some big tackles which changes the atmosphere around the place.

"It gave us a lift to go on and get out of a sticky situation. We spoke at half-time about trying to keep them pinned back, we just tried to turn them with kicks and we knew that if they made mistakes we’d eventually manage to convert.”

Saturday’s tries took Prince’s tally for the season to 10, one behind Cole – Maids’ prolific No.8 –  who matched his teammate try for try on Saturday.

“Yeah, I think that’s 10 tries for the season so far,” he said. “And it’s just great to contribute to wins like this. Me and Coley have a little competition going to see who’ll score the most and he’s one ahead of me at the moment.”

Maids are next in action at Brixham on Saturday week (December 7). Barnstaple’s defeat at Newbury Blues on Saturday means Maids are now just four points adrift of the leaders.

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