Hatfield QE cut loose to cement their dominance and place at top of table
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 March 2018
Hatfield QE continued their dominant season in Herts Middlesex Merit Table Three with a huge 67-7 win over Biggleswade 2nds.
The one-sided victory for the Roe Hill-based rugby club stretched their unbeaten run to 15 games and came courtesy of an aggressive and clinical edge.
They had to do it coming from behind too as Biggleswade opened the scoring with a converted try.
After giving away a string of penalties Hatfield found themselves back behind their own 22-metre line and a lack of communication between the Hatfield pack saw Biggleswade bundle over the try-line.
But a strong talking to by captain Marc McCrystal seemed to do the trick and woke the team from their slumbers.
From the restart the Hatfield pack dominated possession and set up a solid platform.
And that gave the backs to show off some intricate rugby before putting Jonno Spreckley into the corner for his first for the club.
From then on Biggleswade faced a green onslaught.
Second-row Stuart Yule handed off a number of players to score the next before full-back Rob Jack scored the first of his three first-half tries.
Centre Niall Easdale broke through several tackles to round off a superb opening 40 minutes for Hatfield.
And there was no let up for beleaguered Biggleswade in the second period either.
Jack took his tally to an incredible five in the game with another two tries and Charlie Gibbs himself managed a brace of scores.
The pack continued to be the main reason for this, setting up good field positions and giving the backs nice, quick ball to demonstrate their pace and skill.
Jago Penrose scored a well deserved try after breaking through the opposition defences and Joel Niziza rounded off the scoring when he was handed the ball by Gibbs to run under the posts.
The result means HQE are now six points clear at the top of the table with three games remaining.
Their next match is on March 24 away to Amersham & Chiltern 3rds.
The game against Biggleswade started with both teams coming together to hold a minute’s silence for Gerwyn ‘Taff’ Llewellyn, a Hatfield player who passed away the week before.