Sat 13 Jan 2018, 15:00
Hemel 104 Tabard 0
Tabard encountered a fired up Hemel side who played some excellent running rugby. The hosts caught Tabard flat footed after the referee overlooked a knock on by Hemel at the kick off, and ran in a try within the first 30 seconds of the start of the game. Tabard responded well, setting up a good field position but a slight error handed the ball to Hemel. A deft cross field kick was well collected and the hosts were in for their second try after 5 minutes. Hemel were on the attack from the restart but a good tackle by Naughton stopped the hosts, albeit briefly, as the ball was recycled and an overlap allowed Hemel in for their third try. Tabard were awarded a rare penalty which was kicked deep in to Hemel’s 22. The ball was caught at the lineout but was turned over and cleared. Hemel were awarded a line out of their own and made no mistake with a well executed catch and drive for their fourth try. Tabard were grateful for the defensive efforts of Naughton who stopped what looked like two certain tries while Hemel fumbled the ball twice, missing out on what looked like certain scores. Ten minutes later and Hemel were in again. Despite the heroics of Naughton, Hemel scored three more tries before the half time whistle went with the score 50 – 0.
Hemel started the second half in an emphatic style and racked up three more tries in the first 10 minutes. That’s not say that Tabard weren’t putting the hosts under pressure as Priscott in particular worked tirelessly to find a break through. Tabard enjoyed a sustained period of pressure only to see Hemel come away with the ball. To be honest they conjured a wonderful try as their prop threw an over the shoulder pass just as he was about to be tackled. Hemel were in full support and crossed for another try. Hemel finished the stronger of the two sides and put together some good rugby to secure four further tries before the referee blew for full time with the score 104 – 0. To their credit Tabard kept their heads up and competed to the last against a side that three years ago were in the same position Tabard find themselves now.
Team: Hancock, Van Leon, Tilley, Brown, Price, Marcus Bunning, Morgan Bunning, Ramzanpour, George Gough, Reilly, Gallagher, Priscott, Olashore, Naughton, Harry Gough.