Hatfield QE take undefeated streak into New Year after Hendon success

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 December 2017

Skipper George Stone gets the fourth of Hatfield's five tries.

Skipper George Stone gets the fourth of Hatfield's five tries.

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Hatfield Queen Elizabeth rounded off the first part of their season with their perfect record intact after a comfortable 31-0 win over Hendon 2nds.

Owen Doyle kicks a conversion for Hatfield. Owen Doyle kicks a conversion for Hatfield.

The Roe Hill-based rugby union team have been in scintillating form in Herts Middlesex Merit Table Three, with this being their ninth straight win.

It was another dominant performance with Hatfield bagging a total of five tries; Damien Poulter, Jago Penrose, George Stone and top-scorer Rob Jack twice, the men to cross the whitewash.

Coach Gary Philips said: “I am very happy how the team is progressing and defensively we looked very strong today. That is always important.”

That defensive display was evident in the game’s opening stages as Hendon got by far the better start of the two sides, camping inside Hatfield’s 22 for the opening 10 minutes.

Hatfield finally forced a turnover to stem the tide, and with their pack to the fore, they set about edging Hendon back towards their own line.

And it soon reaped rewards.

A good break in midfield by Niall Easdale set up a ruck on the five-metre line and good interplay on the short side allowed Poulter to score in the corner. Owen Doyle missed the conversion, however.

Hendon regained possession from the kick off and again put Hatfield under pressure but after a turnover on the 22, and two phases of quick counter-attacking, the visitors found themselves back on their own 22.

And from the resulting ruck, quick ball put Penrose over in the corner, again unchallenged.

Again, though, Doyle failed to convert.

Jack got into the scoring groove just before half time, latching onto a pass from hooker Marc McCrystal who had broke a tackle and then running 40m to the line.

This time Doyle was successful to give the hosts a 17-0 half-time lead.

The second half saw Hatfield dominate more, pinning Hendon back.

A scrum shoved Hendon back even further, allowing skipper Stone to crash over from his number eight position, Doyle adding the extras.

The pressure kept coming and after a great kick through from fly-half Doyle, Jack looked certain to score.

However, he made a very uncharacteristic error after sliding in to collect a ball mere yards from the try line and knocking it on.

It was only a brief let-off for Hendon as from the resulting scrum, they managed only to kick the ball straight to Jack who this time made no mistake, Doyle again on target with the kick.

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