On a sun drenched Sunday morning, 24 March Thurrock u13 backed up a great win against Billericay the previous Sunday with an even bigger win against local rivals, Basildon at their Gardiner Close grounds. Basildon rested their Woodlands school boys as they were competing in a prestigious national 7s tournament the following day.
Early exchanges were competitive as both teams found their level. Nico Martorana (pictured) scored a quick try at the start but Basildon responded after 5 minutes to make the score 5 a piece. That boy, Martorana picked up a brace of tries on 6 and 10 minutes and Thurrock were on their way with 15-5. Basildon then showed some great spirit and made the score 10-15. Tees winger, Dikati was extremely unlucky to have a perfectly good try ruled out for an alleged knock on, but the boys were not phased by this and played on. Then one further try apiece to make the score 20-15 in Thurrock's favour at the interval. Just on the stroke of half time, hereto excellent Tees' full back Milo Wilsher made the try saving tackle of the game.
With the result very much still in doubt, Tees coach Driscoll wrung the changes, bringing in McAllister at fly half, Speedster wingers de Breuk and Lilley. Thurrock then started to move the ball through the hands at pace, with Healy and Ray dominating possession at the breakdown and Thurrock centres Thomas and Reynolds spinning the ball out wide. Mitchell Lilley was first to score for Thurrock to take Tees two tries ahead 25-15. The momentum of the game was very much in Thurrock's favour with Try talisman De Breuk notching up a quick hatrick to make the score 40-15. At the latter part of the second half,.player pick of tehday, Martorana picked up a further two tries to make his tally for the day, a double hatrick. De Breuk finished teh scoring for Thurrock and Tees ran out convincing winners at 55-15.