Rugby: Long journey nets key points for Rams

Lifestyle / Thu 12th Dec 2013 at 11:06am

Wymondham 14 v 33 Harlow

HARLOW made the long trip to Wymondham on Saturday for the match which completes the first half of the league programme. The win including the bonus point for more than 4 tries puts them into 5th place in the table. Next Saturday they start to play the return matches starting with an away fixture against Old Brentwoods who are in 10th place. It is a “must win” game if Harlow are going to consolidate their position and challenge the clubs above. A lot will depend on player fitness and availability.

On Saturday Harlow conceded an early penalty when Lee Harron making a welcome return, was pinged for handling on the ground. Harlow had a chance to level with a penalty of their own but Dobson’s shot grazed the outside of the post. For the next 25 minutes it was a cut and thrust contest with no side conceding anything. Then with five minutes to half time another home penalty put them 6 – 0 in front. Harlow had been dominating the possession and controlling the scrums but they faced a further setback when prop James Ephgrave was yellow carded for offside at the ruck. The Harlow backs despite playing a man down to cover the gap in the scrum hit back moving the ball through a series of hands to Rob Mackie on the wing. He was too quick for the defence and touched down for the try, reducing the margin to 6 – 5. Right on the interval Wymondham slotted their third penalty to give them a 9 – 5 lead at the interval.

Throughout the first half Harlow had struggled to play directly into low angle sunlight. Without it they applied pressure right from the start of the second half. They pegged Wymondham back into their own half and when they attempted a clearance kick Harlow skipper Shaun Roberts charged it down and then gathered the ball on the bounce and went over for the try. Dobson converted and for the first time Harlow were ahead 9 – 12.

Ten minutes into the half Harlow speed merchant Will Grimley made a long solo run down the wing for another try, again converted taking the lead to 9 – 19. Throughout the game Harlow forwards had taken the game to the home side and mid way through the half lock forward Jonathan Unwin crashed in for a try and Dobson’s boot made it 9 – 26.

With a quarter of an hour left Wymondham broke away for a try of their own. However in the final minute of the game the Harlow forwards had the last word. Awarded a 5 metre scrum they controlled the push and drove over the line for Kain Claridge to touch down. With the conversion the game ended at 14 – 33 in Harlow’s favour.

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