Tabard 0 HAC 64
Tabard welcomed top of the table HAC to Cobden Hill as well as welcoming back some old faces to the first team, including Scott Stoba, Wilf and Bill Lake and Rhys Lewis. Their return shored up the Tabard team that had been on the end of some heavy losses but was not enough to prevent another defeat. The Tabard side had their fare share of possession and territory but so often a dropped pass or a turnover handed the ball to the visitors and allowed them to run in some good tries.
Tabard were pleased to see the Lake boys back in the front row and their return allowed a decent foundation to be established at the set scrum. Scott Stoba added his experience
and was a constant nuisance at the breakdown while Rhys Lewis added to Tabard’s defence in midfield and an extra dimension to the attack.
Tabard’s line out was not so effective however and an early catch and drive allowed the visitors in for their first try and a Tabard line out handed possession to the visitors minutes later which set up their centre for a try. Another lineout again gave HAC possession and a quickly taken penalty after Tabard had been adjudged offside set up another try on the half hour mark, the conversion moving the score to 19 nil. Tabard had fought hard throughout the half and set up another attack but a loose pass handed the ball over and HAC made no mistake by scoring their fourth try on the stroke of half time with the score 26 nil.
It was encouraging to see the efforts of Aaron Priscott and Jack Reilly who played with great determination in both attack and defence. Reilly in particular had one of his best games for a while, making good use of the strong wind in the first half with some excellent kicking. It was also good to see the junior members of the team starting to grow in to their roles with the two second rows, Brown and Price, both putting in a good shift. It was also good to see Jonny Aguila back on the pitch and he couldn’t have done much more in defence but unfortunately didn’t really get the chance to stretch the HAC defence in attack. It must have been demoralising for the Tabard side to have so much possession in the second half and to put in so much effort only to see the visitors find holes in the tiring home side’s defence and clock up another six tries in the second half with at times some wonderful flowing rugby.
Team: Lake, Tilley, Lake, Brown, Price, Teddy Gough, Webber, Stoba, Harry Gough, Reilly, Morgan Bunning, Priscott, Lewis, Aguila, Naughton.
Westaway, Marcus Bunning