Rugby: Harlow’s unsettled squad costs Harlow dear

Rugby / Tue 20th Feb 2018 at 10:44am

Harlow Rugby

London & SE Div. II NE
Harlow 34 v 41 Woodford

A HARLOW scoring spurt in the final 25 minutes allowed them to come away with a reasonable looking scoreline. However Woodford’s dominance in the preceding half hour put them too far ahead for the home side to catch up.

Problems with player availability meant that Harlow had restrictions on team selection. Although all of the squad have had previous 1st XV experience a number of them played out of position and this may have been the reason the squad took time to settle.

The first then minutes was cut and thrust play and although both teams had possession Woodford had the best of the territory and on 13 minutes took the lead with a converted try. The pattern continued until on 26 minutes Harlow had a sequence of rucks and from one of these fly Half Danny Smith made a break to score a try under the posts which he converted to level the game at 7 points all. A defensive error allowed Woodford to break away for an unconverted try and to go in for half time with a 7 – 12 lead.

Early into the second half Smith slotted a good penlty to close the margin to 10 – 12. For just a minute it looked as if Harlow were back in the game but then in not much more than 10 minutes Woodford responded with three converted tries to establish a dominant lead of 10 points to 33. Going into the final quarter Harlow countered with a driving maul allowing prop Adam Seeley to go over for a Harlow try. Finally in the closing minutes Harlow countered with tries from Karl Rodell, Danny Smith and in the final minute one from full back Ross Stalley. It shows that although Harlow are losing games the margins are within reach.

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