Hendon got their preseason off to a perfect start with an entertaining game at Allianz park against a committed Hatfield team. It was an opportunity for new Head Coach Phil Smith to look at the team and assess how the players have adapted to the new ideas at training.
From the kick off the home side were in the ascendancy, scrum half Billy Burrell was dangerous around the ruck and Nick Andrews carried powerfully. New winger William Theaker showed pace and power to go over early, perhaps the ball carrying of openside Harry Charles was one of the highlights of the first half.
Full back Dan Watterson and centre Chris Kiyingi were both dangerous ball carriers and Captain for the evening Toby Ikwueke was keen to move the ball at every opportunity. The forwards had a good work out with pack leader Paul Julian ensuring the scrum had dominance, TJ O'sullivan proved a nuisance at the lineout turning over ball and Chris Kumar was attritional in both attack and defence. Returning Students Ben Chen and Morayo Animashaun came on and Hendon had a side with some real pace and power which they utilised to good effect.
The willingness to move the ball and play at pace allowed the scoreboard to tick over at regular intervals . The final score 65-14 to Hendon, with increased competition for places this year, new players, and improved facilities the season looks to be promising.
Coach Phil Smith was please with the teams defence but knows there is a lot of work to do before the first league game of the season.
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Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.