Hatfield QEII Rugby Club complete historic league and cup double
PUBLISHED: 16:22 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:22 29 April 2015
An Alex Owen hat-trick helped Hatfield QEII see off Saracens Amateurs 2nds in the Herts Merit Table 4 Cup Final to complete a perfect season.
Having lost out on league top spot to Hatfield, Saracens were looking for a trophy of their own.
The game began and nerves of the occasion showed as handling errors in the first five minutes meant that Hatfield could not get much continuity.
This soon passed after Hatfield took comfort in the power of their scrum.
Turning over much of Saracens’ possession Hatfield kept position in around the opposition 22 metre line and soon after, their first score came.
After a few phases, tight head prop Jamie Beeney made a powerful run for the line and was stopped just short of it.
Clear communication from the remaining front row allowed the scrum half to quickly switch direction of play. A second charge by loose head prop Alex Owen was too much for the defence and Hatfield had their first points on the board.
With Hatfield in charge, an off the ball incident saw Saracens scrum half yellow carded. This enabled Hatfield’s second try as a break from hooker Marc McCrystal supplied Owen to cross the whitewash again.
The result seemed a formality by half-time when QEII rushed in for a third score.
With a loose ball in the line-out, Owen broke the defensive line and swerved passed the last defender to complete his hat-trick.
Encouraged by the support on the sideline, Saracens made a strong start to the second half, putting the ball out wide to their fast men and scoring a long range try.
Saracens were more intent on causing Hatfield discomfort but their urge to initaite a turnover allowed Hatfield to grab their final try.
Winger Niall Easdale intercepted a pass and put in a clever chip kick over the full-back and won the foot race. It was the winger’s 10th try of the season and he finished the campaign joint top try scorer. Full-back Rob Jack kicked a second successful conversion.
Saracens grabbed another try to reduce the deficit to 10 points and despite throwing everything at QEII, Hatfield hung on to claim the illustrious trophy.