Rugby: Holt can’t halt Harlow’s progress in cup

Rugby / Tue 16th Apr 2024 at 08:20am

AFTER finishing off their league season with a very convincing win at Chelmsford last week ; 21-55 ; there was no rest for the Harlow squad who travelled to Holt to begin their cup campaign.

The second half of the game at Chelmsford provided some of the best rugby seen this season with tries coming from slick inter-passing, off-loads and all round team support. Travelling supporters, coaches and players came away satisfied that they had witnessed something special.

Keen to transfer and continue this kind of form into the cup game Harlow started off strongly by dominating possession and came close to scoring on several occasions before the ever dependable Batty opened the scoring with a penalty in the thirteenth minute. Holt defended desperately but pressure from lineouts and forward drives resulted in two tries for Adam Nnochiri in the 17th. and 20th. minutes which gave the Rams the momentum they deserved and needed. Windy conditions did not make kicking and passing  easy but the Reds handled the conditions better than the home team.

Despite his change from the back row to the front row Morgan Davies was his usual dynamic self and he capped a fine performance with a try in the 30th minute. To finish off a wonderful first half Luke Bowering and Bami Coker got on the score sheet but it was Holt who finished the half with a try after some poor defending following a penalty for “ late and low “. This penalty is rarely seen but is designed to differentiate between seemingly high tackles and attacking players ducking into the tackler.

Harlow therefore finished the half 32 -5 to the better. 

If they thought that it was going to be a similar second half then they were mistaken. Holt tackled fiercely and came close to scoring on a few occasions. Harry Barker found a great line of running to score Harlow’s sixth. try but it was not until late in the game that Bash Mahmood completed the scoring for the Rams with a fine seventh. However once again Holt fought back and had the better of the last couple of minutes scoring a fine and well deserved converted try.

The Reds will be pleased with their performance and now look forward to hosting Woodford at Latton Park on April 20th. for a 1400 ko.

Spectators are welcome and entry is free. You will be guaranteed a good day out and can look forward to some excellent attractive rugby from a very confident winning side and also enjoy the convivial atmosphere of a successful club both on and off the field. 

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