Rugby: Harlow humbled by mighty Rochford

Rugby / Wed 8th Nov 2017 at 07:39am

Harlow Rugby Club

Rochford Hundred 65 v 0 Harlow
London & SE Div II NE

HARLOW knew they would have to be on top of their game to beat top of the table Rochford whose players had National league rugby experience.

Straight away Rochford put Harlow under pressure. They were awarded a scrum 5 metres from the Harlow line. A powerful scrummage saw Rochford drive Harlow back & score their first try. Smith missed an early penalty kick to get Harlow into the game.

Rochford showed Harlow how structured they were in the forwards. From a line out Rochford secured the ball and drove over the Harlow line making the score 12 – 0 after 14 minutes.

Harlow had no answer as Rochford’ forwards started to link with their backs and produced some great flowing rugby. Harlow found themselves 34- 0 down at Half Time.

Harlow came out in the second half with a lot of grit and determination only conceding two tries in the first 30 minutes.

With the score at 46 – 0 the Rochford scrum half was yellow carded for punching .Harlow tried to take advantage of the extra man with winger Dale Stalley touching down over the line, but the referee deemed that his foot went into touch cancelling the try. Harlow’s winger Whitby was then yellow carded for talking back at the referee. This gave
Rochford the opportunity to score three late tries.

Bringing the final score to 65 – 0 . Rochford playing the standard of Rugby that Harlow hope to aspire to in the future.

Next week Harlow are at home to Epping Upper Clapton. Kick Off 3pm. Latton Park.

Team: 1. Scott Stalley, 2. Mark Bowering, 3. Jack Christy, 4. Adam Seeley, 5. James Clark, 6. Shaun Roberts, 7. Michael Weston, 8. Kain Claridge, 9. Charlie Woodington, 10. Danny Smith, 11. Dale Stalley, 12. Alfie Clark, 13. Andrew Tarsey, 14. Scott Whitby, 15. Ryan McGlone, 16. James. Ephgrave, 17. Dan Evans, 18. Chay Clark.

Although Harlow would have liked to put some points on the board they were playing the only side in the league who are undefeated and who have put 40 or more points on every league side they have met. Despite this result Harlow remain in fourth place. They have three more games to complete the first half of the season and must try to maximise their return from these. Based on their performance so far a place in the top three is still possible when they start to play the return matches in December.

Report: Steve Foreman

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