HH 24 vs Hampstead 3
By Helen Willingham
As Arthur said on the final whistle “I like a game with a bit of edge” - though for my liking there was just a little bit too much of it today
You sort of expect it might get a bit tasty on the pitch - you don’t usually reckon on seeing players, coaches, the water boy and some crazy old lady in a bobble hat all get stuck into each other on the edge of the car park. Luckily once all the man bags had been put away we could all focus back on the rugby - which to be honest was flipping entertaining.
5 - 3 at half time was a fantastic scoreline against the top team in the division - pound for pound the farmers boys were significantly heavier than our malnourished inner city crew. But our defence was extraordinary, fighting off wave after wave of blue attacks. The scrum held firm time and again, our rucking grew in confidence and when we got a chance to break we did - a brilliant peel off from the front of the line out took us agonsingly close to the try line. Cool heads brought a series of penalties and a clinical 3 points.
The second half began with the wind and the slope against us - as the injuries mounted so did the scoreline and despite putting in some good moves and some excellent tackling we couldn’t quite get to their try line. After the break for the touchline entertainment we still stepped up and managed to keep our discipline, despite some tired legs and sore heads.
A tough baptism for some of our new and returning players - but there was some fantastic team spirit and lots to work on.
Thank you too to all parents who made the trek to the outer reaches of Herts. Ding Ding... Round 2... Sunday 27th at Eton Manor!!