Hammersmith 35 Tabard 17
Tabard played some good rugby and competed throughout but again were unable to turn their possession into a victory. The score line did not reflect the difference between the two sides and Tabard will feel they should have come away with at least a bonus point, denied them at the death by some last gasp defending resulting in a red and a yellow card for the home side.
Tabard started brightly with some good work from George Gough at scrum half. His efforts at the base of a Hammersmith scrum turned the ball over. Reilly drove hard with the move being finished off by returning former skipper Dan Calnan who crossed from short range to take Tabard 5 points up after 10 minutes. A soft penalty from the restart presented Hammersmith with a chance for 3 points which they gratefully accepted. Hammersmith were soon on the attack again. Good defence by Tabard forced the home side into touch however they were able to drive over from close distance for their first try after 20 minutes.
Tabard then enjoyed some sustained pressure and were unlucky a knock on handed possession back to Hammersmith. The ball was kicked up field and collected by the home side’s winger. Tabard committed two players to the tackle which allowed the Hammersmith full back to take the ball unopposed and sprint in from 40 metres. The conversion took the score to 15 – 5 which was how things stood at half time.
Tabard started the second half in a positive manner with Jack Reilly showing real determination. His drive for the line forced Hammersmith into conceding a penalty which was quickly taken by George Gough. The ball was recycled to Reilly who powered over for Tabard’s second try. Another lapse at the restart allowed Hammersmith to increase the lead with three points before they were able to stretch the Tabard defence, leading to a yellow card, with Hammersmith scoring another try from their dominant forward pack. Yet again Tabard came back at the home side with Reilly again at the heart of the effort. Hammersmith’s last ditch defending brought a yellow card but clever play allowed Tabard full back Charlie Sandison in for Tabard’s third try, taking the score to 23 – 17 with 15 minutes to play. Hammersmith picked up two relatively soft tries to take the score to 35 – 17 and despite their best efforts Tabard were unable to score again.
Team: Tilley, Girdlestone, Van Loen, James, Stanley Gough, Marcus Bunning, Morgan Bunning, Dan Calnan, George Gough, Reilly, Smith, Joe Calnan, Davies, Aguila, Sandison .
Schultz, Priscott, Holmes