Rugby: Holt can’t halt Harlow’s progress as they coast to seventh win in a row
Rugby / Tue 6th Feb 2024 at 08:54am
Harlow 78 v 22 Holt
HOLT visited Latton Park hoping they could produce their second half form in the earlier fixture when they pushed the Reds all the way. However, it soon became apparent that this was not to be the case. There was a steely determination from Harlow from the opening whistle. Backs and forwards combined with offloads and slick interplay passing that was to be the feature of this memorable performance.
Harry Barker opened the scoring with Danny Smith converting. Tries and conversions quickly followed from Adam Nnochiri, Ben Creasey and Louis Castiglione to take the score to 28-0 and an early bonus point. Harlow continued with their flowing off- loading game and were rewarded with further first half tries from Adam Nnochiri and Mohbashar Mahmood. Half time score 38-3.
The second half continued in the same flowing style and more champagne rugby. Holt, despite some resolute defence, were finding it difficult to stem the flow. Harry Barker secured his second try as did Louis Castiglione who then followed it up with a third to rightly claim the man of the match award. Danny Smith’s 18 points on his return to kicking duties must have pushed him close. Rob McPherson got in on the act following a great unselfish off-load from former captain Luke Bowering, but perhaps the pick of the afternoon’s tries came from Ross Stalley whose deft kick and chase resulted in a superb touch down deep into the goal area.
Keeping up this pace and execution was always going to be difficult and so it proved with the plucky away side claiming two well deserved late tries, a yellow card for Sam Bucknall helping their cause.
Dave Archer however had the last word with the final try to send the big crowd home satiated and delighted with the overall performance and a 78-22 win to take the season’s tally to
Twelve tries tells its own story and whilst everyone can be happy with the performance and execution of the team, several tries were still left begging when the final pass would have secured the scores. It seems incongruous to talk about missed tries when the team played so well; some might say the best this season so far; but when Harlow take on the likes of Southend and Thurrock later this season they will need to take every chance to reverse earlier defeats. It is the small margins that win tight games.
Next Saturday Harlow entertain Dagenham for a 1400 kick off. All are welcome at Latton Park to savour the atmosphere and entertaining rugby being displayed by the Reds.