Three wins from three gives Hatfield QE great hopes for a successful season ahead
PUBLISHED: 09:07 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 04 October 2017
Hatfield Queen Elizabeth Rugby Club made it three wins in a row and continued their perfect start to the season with a 17-11 home victory against Luton 2nds.
Luton were also unbeaten going into Saturday’s encounter and were looking to use their size advantage over the lightweight Hatfield team.
That worked in their favour when from the kick off they charged down the line, knocked Hatfield back and scored an unconverted try.
HQE were clearly shaken by this dominant start but captain George Stone called his players together and made sure they focused.
And they were boosted by the words as within minutes of the restart winger Charlie Gibbs broke though the line and levelled the score.
This explosive start continued but penalties led to frustration from both sides.
One penalty for Hatfield was converted by Owen Doyle and gave the home side the lead.
A huge scrum saw the Luton front row crumble, resulting in a ninjury which meant the game went uncontested.
But with the solid platform upfront the Hatfield backs were given the freedom to run, with scores only prevented by some wayward passing.
The two fly-halves traded penalties which left Hatfield 11-8 ahead at the break.
The second half was a stuttering affair and with more penalties for both teams, the game turned into a kicking affair.
And it was Doyle who performed better than his opposite number, landing two successful kicks, the last from the edge of the pitch and from a fair distance out, to complete the win.
After the game, the Hatfield skipper said: “This was a real test for the team today, and we delivered.
“We still need to work on our defence and discipline but we can move forward.
“We have a really good shot at winning the league this year.”
Head coach Gary Phillips was also pleased.
He said: “Our hard work in training is really starting to pay off. We knew how Luton were going to play and we were able to stifle them and play our game.
“There’s no reason we can’t compete at the top this season.”
Hatfield’s next fixture is on Saturday away to Fullerians 3rds.