Match Report: Hendon RFC 55 - 10 Bank of England RFC
By Liam Murphy
Hendon set the pace for a great weekend at Allianz Park.
Hendon started the rugby weekend at Allianz Park under lights on the Friday night with another great display of open rugby to reach the whitewash with 8 tries having conceded only 10 points.
Saracens against Leicester on their own Allianz 4G pitch the next day also conceded 10 points but in reaching the top position in the Premiership could only score 33 points!
Meanwhile in an entertaining open game Hendon 2nds also scored over fifty points in a Merit Table Cup clash with Enfield Ignations 4th team running out winners 33 points to 53.
In the Herts Middlesex One match Hendon, sponsored by Ian Lyall, were ahead after five minutes with a forwards' maul to the Bank line ending with second row forward Cosy Mutuma crashing over to score an unconverted try. The home outfit maintained pressure on the Bank but strong defence saw no further score until a breakaway in the 25th minute by Bank which gave them a try from an overlap to outflank the Hendon defence taking the scoe to 5 points to 7.
This acted as a wake up call for Hendon immediately to reclaim the advantage as from the kick off Mutuma collected with a 10 metre carry to put fellow forward Mike Culhane in for the next try converted by Captain Cian Hynes 12-7.
Next on the scoreboard was forward Donal O’Sullivan after taking a high defensive kick in midfield he ran the wing avoided several tackles to score in the corner with Hynes completing the score with a brilliant kick to convert from the touchline 19-7.
Hendon in the next attack were awarded a penalty and Hynes kicked for a 22-7 lead only to have Bank return the compliment on the stroke of half time with a long penalty kick 22-10.
Into the 2nd period Bank made the initial attacking moves and Hendon defence held out. After a defensive kick the Bank lineout was claimed by Rossa Dooley and Hendon were down the other end with another Mutuma carry. Bank were awarded a 5 metre scrum which went loose and Hendon scrum half Billy Burrell claimed the ball to score another Hynes' converted try 29-10.
Then winger Chris Kiyingi had a well worked run from the Hendon 22 to the Bank 22 with Rob Casey breaking through the Bank defence to pass out wide to opposite winger Will Theaker to score, Hynes again converting from the touchline 36-10.
Then two Hendon players were yellow carded for technical offences within minutes midway through the second period and Bank tried to grab the opportunity but defensively the whole team stood firm resulting in a Mutuma breakout to Casey to push upfield with Toby Ikwueke scoring 41-10.
Back to a full side Hendon were back to attack with another great interchange between Forward and Backline players, starting with Burrell to Mutuma, finding O’Sullivan to put Tom Mathias over the whitewash for another score with Hynes converting 48-10.
Then with the last move of the match another all round team effort concluded with a Theaker try, converted by Hynes with a final score of 55-10 for the bonus point win.
Next week end is an International weekend before Hendon visit second in the league Finsbury Park on Saturday 2nd March.