Rugby: Hat-trick of wins for Harlow sides

Rugby / Mon 23rd Oct 2017 at 07:12pm

Harlow Rugby Club

Harlow 1st 44 v 26 Cantabrigians
Romford & Gidea Park 17 v 22 Harlow Rams
Harlow Saints 46 v 5 Loughton

All three Harlow men’s sides were playing in league matches at the weekend, the Rams and Saints at home and the Rams away. All three recorded wins. The First XV and the Saints by a omfortable margin while a injury depleted Rams side got stuck in the challenge of a good Romford side and held on for a win by a narrow margin.

For the 1st XV Steve Foreman writes

“On a blustery afternoon at Layton Park Harlow set out to protect their unbeaten league home record.They started well with an early penalty slotted by Smith and try from wing forward Weston so that after only 5 minutes they were 8 0 up. Within the next 10 minutes powerful run by Scott Stalley presented the supporting Weston with his second try taking the margin to 13 – 0.

Two Further tries by Matt Dodds and Ryan Mcclone and a conversion by Dan Smith put Harlow in a strong position after 30 minutes at 25 – 0 Giving Harlow their bonus try point for four tries.

Disappointingly Harlow’s defence was broken at the end of the first half with Canterbrigians scoring a Try & Converting with minutes to go making the score 25-7 at Half Time.

Harlow started the second half well with No 8 Kain Claridge peeling from the back of the scrum and scoring Harlows 5th try Smith converted; 32 – 7 .

After 64 minutes Scrum Half Woodington was yellow carded for what was judged dangerous play. Cantabrigians capitalised on this by by hitting Harlow with 2 quick tries making it 32 – 19.
Harlow with Woodington back on the field applied the pressure with Ross Stalley’s darting run through their defence scoring Harlow’s 6th try for 39 – 19 conversion from Smith.

The try of the game came from Weston running the whole length of the pitch crashing through tackle after tackle completing his hat trick of tries.

A late try from the visitors final score: Harlow. 44. Cantabrigians 26.

It had been great day specially for first Team Manager Kevin Ellis, who received his well deserved Life Membership tie from the Club President. A tribute to a club volunteer who has made a massive contribution over many years.

For the Rams (2nd XV) Gary Watts writes:

It was a bare bones squad that travelled to Romford on Saturday for the latest round of this seasons Merit League campaign due to a number of injuries, the most bizarre of which being Ryan Clark ‘falling from a trampoline’ last Saturday night and fracturing his ankle??

The lack of numbers forced a few positional changes; Simon Vanbeck switching from the centres to No.8 and prop, Barrie Hussie, moving over to the Hooker position with scrumhalf Alfie Clark throwing in at lineout time, where, despite the strong wind throughout, he never once missed his jumper.

The home team started marginally the stronger of the two sides but  the ferocious Rams tackling soon began to turn the tide. The pace of the Harlow play soon exposing gaps in the Romford defence, carrying play deep into the Romford twenty-two where Owen Blissett forced his way over for the first score of the day; Chay Clark adding the extras. 0-7.

This was closely followed by the second Harlow score. Strong driving play from the pack and quick ball down the backline set up the opportunity, Rob Mackie hitting the line at pace from fullback and neatly stepping the last defender before diving over the line; 0-12.

Romford replied with a score of their own just on the stroke of halftime; 5-12.

The second period saw The Rams playing into the strong wind but firmly on the front foot. Powerful running and quick recycling and Harlow were again threatening the Romford tryline; Barrie Hussie brushing aside the tacklers before crashing over the line; 5-17.

Romford replied quickly, forcing their way over from the restart but the action soon returned to the home teams half; Alfie Clark stepping through the defence for the fourth Harlow score; 12-22.

The game was in its dying minutes when the home team crossed the line for their third score. A deep penalty kick into the Harlow twenty-two which appeared to be a kick to nothing, was turned into a try-scoring opportunity by the speed of the Romford chase; 17-22.

A good away win for The Rams and, considering the adverse weather conditions, a very entertaining match with both teams striving to play an open, fast moving game.
Scoring: Try; Owen Blissett, Rob Mackie, Barrie Hussie, Alfie Clark
Con: Chay Clark

Rams: Eric Penney, Barrie Hussie, Harry Smyth, James Roberts, Derry Joyce, Owen Blissett, Simon Vanbeck, Alfie Clark, Ben Seymour, Jack Almond, Chay Clark, Rhys Whitby, Andre Riddell, Rob Mackie

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