A great display by the whole team against League mid-placed Thamesians.
Thamesians looked difficult opposition from the start and were rewarded with an early penalty after 10 minutes to give them a 3 points' lead. However, Hendon soon responded from a tap and go midfield penalty by Billy Burrell for a Cosy Mutuma carry to the Thamesians 22 feeding Donal O’Sullivan to crash through the defence to score with Cian Hynes converting 3-7.
Thames’ forwards then got the upper hand and set up a maul to the Hendon whitewash to claw back the lead with a try out wide 8 points to 7.
Coming up to half time Harry Charles set up a carry from midfield to the Thames’ 22 passing to Hynes in support to dive over, again out wide, to score for a turnaround position of 8-12.
Into the second half and the momentum changed after an early try from winger Adam Johnson after Rob Casey made the break from a Thames’ defensive kick 8-17.
The next move after 10 minutes was a complete team effort from a Thames’ line out superbly won by new player Rossa Dooley, setting up the rolling maul with the back line coming into play and full back Hynes taking the ball to score but the referee adjudged the ball was held up. However from the scrum No.8 O’Sullivan picked up and charged over for his second try to finish this training ground display. Hendon now led 8 points to 22 and five minutes later Hendon’s bonus point try was scored by stand-off Casey after a superb dummy move, wrong footed two defenders to score with Hynes converting 8-29.
As the visitors got into top gear they were now completely in control with the next move into Thames’ territory by prop Luke Pollard from the Hendon 22 with O’Sullivan again supporting to go over for his third score with Hynes converting from the touch line 8-36.
It now seemed any move was possible as Charles collected from the restart on the Hendon 22, put his foot down, avoided several tackles to score a 60 metre individual try with Hynes converting 8-43 .
To their credit, Thames’ still wanted to push the Hendon defence but hard tackling by backs Toby Ikwueke, John McCarthy and Tom Mathias stopped them short with Dooley turning over the Thames’ rucks denying them possession. With minutes left Hendon were awarded a 5 metre penalty, Hynes took the tap penalty having to pass to avoid the referee with O’Sullivan again in support to score his fourth try of the day under the posts with Hynes converting to stretch the lead to 8-50.
Into the last play another back line move was finished off by hooker Rob Page scoring with Hynes converting to finish the afternoon’s enjoyment at 8-57 as Hendon hold their 4th position in the League.
Hendon’s next League encounter is a special home League match under lights at 7.45 pm on the artificial pitch at Saracens Allianz Park this Friday 15th February against 5th placed Bank of England. All are welcome to come and watch. This match is sponsored by Ian Lyall Life Vice President.