Gallery: Hatfield grab nine-try haul in Northolt victory
PUBLISHED: 15:44 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009
Herts/Middlesex 4 Northolt 12 Hatfield QE 55 HATFIELD QE ran riot with a nine-try haul and a fine display of rugby away at Northolt on Saturday to record an emphatic 55-12 victory. The count began just 10 minutes in when at first it looked as if the game
Northolt 12 Hatfield QE 55
HATFIELD QE ran riot with a nine-try haul and a fine display of rugby away at Northolt on Saturday to record an emphatic 55-12 victory.
The count began just 10 minutes in when at first it looked as if the game would be closely contested.
Northolt's massive pack disrupted any of their opponents' possession using their large second row to tear through any rucks that formed.
However, Hatfield's Damien Poulter broke clear of a well-structured rolling maul, taking the last of the defence with him.
He passed out of the triple tackle to Lewis Tyler for him to score in the corner.
The following kick-off didn't go the full 10 and the away team called for a scrum on halfway.
Hatfield No 8 George Stone picked up from the base and stormed through the defence before being taken down.
The ball was recycled quickly and sent through the entire back line, reaching Owen Doyle on the wing.
He simply sidestepped his opponent to grab a try.
The Hatfield forwards continued to carry the phases to the blindside, creating space for the backs to exploit.
It wasn't long before winger Nick Bishop found himself unopposed to touch down under the posts.
Try number four came as the forwards pushed up the park.
Tyler broke from the maul, there was a 40-yard foot race before Tyler was tackled almost on the line.
He looked to pass, but realised his tackler had rolled away and he was able to dive over for his second of the game.
For some minutes after the restart play remained in the middle of the field with the forwards unable to gain a foothold.
Hatfield continued to push and the deadlock was soon broken.
Scrum-half Leon Ellis popped the ball out to the storming full-back Shaun Shepherd.
He scythed his way through the middle of the entire home team to score another well worked and patient try.
The second half started badly for the Roe Hill Hall club.
They had completely switched off and Northolt took advantage with some quick handling through their backs.
Their forwards seemed to have found a second wind and were at the breakdown in numbers.
They recycled the ball and their centre found the space and went through to score their first points.
Hatfield captain Stone made it clear that positions were on the line if there was a repeat of Northolt's first try.
From the kick-off his talk took hold as a rampant Hatfield racked up the points.
The forwards produced phase after phase, breaking the game line again and again until the ball was passed out to the backs. It was Ian Burnett who took the points away.
It wasn't long after the kick-off that Burnett scored his second of the game.
The home fly-half seemed clueless with the ball and just kicked any possession Northolt had back to the faster Hatfield backs.
Northolt found themselves in a good attacking position, but he kicked the ball away.
With all his players in an attack formation, there was no-one to stop Burnett once he crossed the game line.
A wayward pass from a Hatfield back led to an interception.
The Northolt centre ran the length of the pitch only to be stopped by Owen Doyle, who had chased him the entire distance.
However, Doyle was judged to have not allowed the player to regain his feet and was penalised.
The penalty was quickly taken and the hosts scored and converted.
In the dying minutes of the game Nick Bishop and Owen Doyle added to their individual tallies, giving Hatfield their impressive nine-try haul.
Five of the tries were converted to ensure the final score was 55-12.
Hatfield QE are on the road again this coming Saturday when they play at Southgate in the league.