Sat 16 Dec 2017, 14:00
Harrow 34 Tabard 0
Tabard were again shorn of a number of first team regulars and despite a spirited showing they went down to another heavy defeat. Tabard were up against a much bigger pack against whom they competed well, and to their credit, they did well at the lineout and more than matched their hosts in the loose. The scrum was under pressure however and Priscott, playing at 8, worked tirelessly and looked to get the ball out of the back of the scrum as soon as he could. Tabard had been holding their own around the pitch with some lively running from both wingers, Smith and Alder, supported well by Naughton at full back. This tactic worked to Tabard’s favour until they were somewhat surprisingly penalised for wheeling a scrum after 30 minutes. This presented Harrow with a chance to kick to the corner and a well executed catch and drive brought them the first points of the half. Harrow were on the attack from the restart and a fine effort in defence by Will James prevented another Harrow score. Tabard were awarded a penalty following which the Harrow hooker was given a yellow for what looked like a deliberate slap down. Tabard were unable to capitalise on their field possession and Harrow broke through to the Tabard 22. Harrow opted for a scrum after Tabard were caught offside and some good hands saw Harrow in at the corner for their second try. Tabard were then extremely unlucky not to get points on the board just before half time when Harry Smith dodged his tacklers and set off to the try line only to be hauled down just short. Tabard were unable to break through the scrambled Harrow defence and the referee blew for half time with Tabard trailing by 12 points.
Harrow got the second half off to a good start with a relatively simple catch and drive over the Tabard line for the home side’s third try. Tabard responded well and put their hosts under some serious pressure after James secured another turnover against his old club. Tabard were unable to hang to the ball and a dropped pass allowed Harrow to pick up and score from half way. The next score came on the half hour mark of the second half when Harrow set off from midfield. A speculative kick allowed the hosts in at the corner for their fifth try. Harrow had Tabard pinned in their own half for the remainder of the game and despite good work by Alder, Harrow were able to recycle the ball and drive over for the final points of the game.
Team: Tilley, Hancock, Gill, James, Walton, Morgan Bunning, Marcus Bunning, Priscott, George Gough, Harry Gough, Smith, Davies, Olashore, Alder , Naughton.
Calnan, Milligan, Jennings