Belsize Park 50 Tabard 7
The fixture was somewhat disappointingly rearranged from Regents Park to Finchley’s heavily slopping second team pitch. However the hospitality was first rate and Tabard were able to get a glimpse of two of the sides playing in London North West 3 who will be their opponents next season. If what we saw was a true reflection of the standard, Tabard should be more than capable of holding their own, assuming they keep the spirit shown by the players through this difficult period.
Again it felt as though the score line did not reflect the difference between the two sides, although Belsize Park are a well organised outfit who play some good flowing rugby. Tabard were within touching distance up to half time but the home side were able to rack up 31 unanswered points in the second half, scoring five tries in the process.
Belsize Park were first on the board with a well worked try after 10 minutes. Tabard responded with a good attack forcing Belsize to concede four penalties in succession. This set up Harry Gough for a kick at goal but his attempt went just wide. Belsize were able to set up good attack from which they out flanked the Tabard defence and scored close to the posts. The successful conversion took the score to 12 -0 after 25 minutes although they added to this lead from the restart with another well taken try. Tabard then found a gap in the home side’s defence when Aled Davis made good ground before offloading to Olashore who ran in from 40 metres. Gough’s conversion moved the score to 19 – 7 which was how things stood at half time.
The second half saw the home side play with the slope and they took full advantage of this. Tabard were not helped by losing hooker Josh Van Loen with a nasty cut to his leg, having lost Jack Reilly earlier through injury. Belsize were very effective in scoring five additional tries despite a brave effort by the visitors. Next weekend sees Tabard host London Nigerians in what will be the last game of the season.
Team: Hancock, Van Loen, Tilley, S Gough, Hurford, Bunning, T Gough, Priscott , Kenny, H Gough, G Gough, Reilly, Olashore, Aguila, Davis.