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Rugby: Harlow shine in front of old boys

Lifestyle / Tue 16th Dec 2014 at 03:21pm

Harlow 36 v 22 Stowmarket

PRIOR to the game 120 ex-players arrived for lunch, the 1st XV match ball was sponsored and presented to 1st XV Captain Shaun Roberts by Graham Skinner. With 120 people watching you perform, nearly all of them having played for the 1st XV at some point in the past and worn the shirt before, the current crop of players were under pressure to perform.

Former 1st XV Captain Jon Locke gave motivational speech to the players in the changing room before the took to the field. The slim 2014 Jon Locke somewhat different to the Captain of 1999 but still managed to raise the heart beats of the players as they came out of the blocks and tore into Stowmarket.

Before long the team were into their stride dominating the scrum with props Peter Frost and James Ephgrave leaving their opposite numbers trying to work out how to remove their heads from their respective backsides. This scrum dominance was giving number 8 Kain Claridge and the rest of the back row the freedom to pick up the ball and tear into the Stowmarket defence, punching holes which left the space for the tries to come. By half time the home team were well in control of the game and playing with a smile on their faces.

The second half saw Jamie Fricker, back from his strong man exploits which had kept him away from the club this season so far, run in the second of his two tries, however the team seemed to lose focus as the pushed for the 4th try and the bonus point. This allowed Stowmarket back into the game. The took their chances and disrupted the Harlow line out well.

Harlow were grateful when Ryan McGlone stepped up to slot a penalty which meant that there was daylight between the two teams again and Harlow could not be caught, this seemed to loosen them up while the ran in their last try to complete a comfortable win.

This leaves Harlow 5th in the table a the half way point having played 11 games of the 22 this season, it’s a tight middle of the table where a good win can shift you up the table if other results go your way. This week Harlow travel to Billericay who are currently 11th in the table having just beaten Wansted this will be a game that Harlow will need to remain focused and professional for to get the result to go their way.

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