Comets prove too strong for Gladiators

PUBLISHED: 16:53 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 26 October 2009

ON THE RUN: Hatfield Comets U13s in action

ON THE RUN: Hatfield Comets U13s in action

Chiltern Junior Rugby League Hatfield Comets U13s 40 New Green Gladiators 20 HATFIELD Comets Under-13s climbed to the top of the Chiltern Junior Rugby League table after a fine 40-20 win over New Green Gladiators. Local derbies don t come any more local t

Chiltern Junior Rugby League

Hatfield Comets U13s 40 New Green Gladiators 20

HATFIELD Comets Under-13s climbed to the top of the Chiltern Junior Rugby League table after a fine 40-20 win over New Green Gladiators.

Local derbies don't come any more local than this, with both of St Albans Centurions' junior teams playing each other at their home ground in Colney Heath.

The opening exchanges in this second versus third game were a messy affair, probably cased by the lack of game time over the Christmas holiday period.

Both teams looked a bit rusty and were missing players who had school commitments.

Out of the two, the Comets looked the sharpest during the first half, so it was no surprise when they put the first points on the board.

The Gladiators immediately stepped up the pressure at the other end, but the Hatfield side's defence stood firm and led at the break.

The first 10 minutes of the second half opened brightly with some end-to-end and free-flowing rugby.

Each team, however, dropped the ball in promising positions, but the Gladiators were getting more and more into the game.

Unfortunately for the St Albans team, every time they scored a touchdown their opponents from Hatfield answered it with one of their own.

Gladiators dug in and worked their way through the pressure with some solid, percentages rugby league, driving down the middle of the field and turning around the Hatfield boys with some intelligent positional kicking.

Unfortunately, this was too little, too late and a couple of late breakaway tries by the Comets put the game beyond the grasp of the Gladiators.

Centurions coach Shane Rampling, who coaches both teams at their Hatfield and St Albans schools, states he has no favourites.

After the game Rampling added: "I'd like to say a big well done to both sets of boys.

"Both teams played well, but on the day the Hatfield boys just edged it. This game now takes the Comets to the top of the league, and even though defeated, the Gladiators remain in third position.

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