Rugby: Harlow try machine chops down Woodford

Rugby / Tue 31st Oct 2017 at 03:18pm

Harlow Rugby Club

London and SE Div II NE
Woodford 27 v 64 Harlow

HARLOW started to win good ball but after gaining momentum found themselves spilling the ball giving vital possession away.

Woodford applied the early pressure, with their centres trying to break down the Harlow defence. This paid early dividends for Woodford with Harlow conceding two penalties within the first six minutes and finding themselves 6 – 0 down.

Harlow responded when fullback Rob Mackie caught a defensive kick from Woodford and linked up with the Harlow back row who took the ball up into Woodford’s half. The move was finished by a powerful run by Ross Stalley scoring Harlow s first try with Smith converting to put the scores at 6 – 7 to Harlow.

Harlow confidence continued to build with the forwards applying the pressure on Woodford’s 10 metre line. This saw Seeley peeling off the maul and passing to Michael Weston for Harlow’s second try; converted by Smith for 6 – 14.

After 20 minutes Woodford saw their second row yellow carded for a punch off the ball. Harlow took advantage with Adam Seeley scoring Harlow’s third try straight away try.
Smith converted for 6 – 21. Scores from winger Scott Whitby and centre Andrew Tarsey saw Harlow going into Half time leading 6 – 33.

Harlow, straight from the off, continued to dominate the game. After 2 minutes Rob Mackie caught a high clearance ball passed to Dale Stalley who draws in the Woodford defence passing to Tarsey, who off loads to Mackie to score Harlow s sixth try Smith converting 6 – 40.

Harlow continued to dominate the game with tries from Michael Weston, Dale Stalley, Adam Seeley and Scott Christie

Making it 10 tries to Harlow and a score of 6 – 64 with only seven minutes of the game to play.

Harlow then fell into complacency allowing Woodford, who never gave up, back into the game scoring three tries. Bringing the final score to Woodford 27 – Harlow 64.

Harlow cannot afford to any further complacency this Saturday as their next game is away to top of the table Rochford Hundred, the only undefeated side in the league. Harlow at present are third but will need their best performance of the season to hold on to it.

Tries: Michael Weston (2), Adam Seeley (2), Ross Stalley, Scott Whitby, Andrew Tarsey, Rob Mackie, Dale Stalley, Scott Christie.

Conversions: Danny Smith (7).

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