Hackney prevail in Datchworth clash
PUBLISHED: 16:12 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:12 24 February 2016
Datchworth couldn't follow up last week's impressive win over Grasshoppers as they surrendered to Hackney in fairly mediocre conditions in East London.
The hosts had the wind behind them in the first half and used it well.
They pinned Datchworth back continually as the visitors could only kick return and an impressive Hackney lineout made sure they retained the ball.
After about 20 minutes, finding themselves in the Datchworth 22, the referee judged there to be illegal hands in the ruck and gave Hackney a penalty in front of the posts that they duly knocked over.
A further 10 minutes of not much to report was followed by the only try of the game.
Again in their own 22, scrum-half and Will Brian, unluckily had a box kick charged down and Hackney capitalised to score.
The conversion was scored and Hackney went into half-time with a 10-0 lead.
Datchworth came out for the second half full of promise.
The wind now blowing Datchworth’s way meant the majority of rugby was played in Hackney’s half.
Datchworth though seemed to keep coming up short with a knock-on or a turnover that would continually hinder them getting over the line.
They did finally get over the whitewash in the 70th minute with full back Joe Richardson touching down only for it to be disallowed for a forward pass.
Datchworth won a penalty with the last play of the game and fly half Tom Wood knocked over to secure the bonus point.
The result saw Hackney retain fourth place in the league, while Datchworth are just behind them in fifth.
Despite the result, there were lots of positives to take from Saturday’s game which included the debuts of Tom and Will Brian.
This Saturday sees no game, but the following weekend the Men in Green have by a home game against Hemel Hempstead.