Match Report: Hendon RFC 60 - 7 St Albans RFC
By Liam Murphy
On a day when the club was absolutely buzzing from two home games and also from welcoming a huge number of Glasgow Warriors supporters visiting Copthall for their European cup game against Saracens 4th placed Hendon First XV moved to a one point differenc
Not knowing what to expect Captain kicked a penalty goal as St Albans were penalised from the first Hendon attack after 3 minutes of play 3-0.
For the next 15 mins the “Saints” pack pressured the Hendon defence who stopped all attacks in the home 22.
Finally it was a carry from prop forward Paul Julian that allowed the Hendon backline their attacking move finished off by Hynes in the corner to score and convert the first try 10-0.
Saints were still in the contest with the advantage of the Hendon slope but again strong defence led by Toby Ikwueke and Tom Mathias stopped any scoring until the 35th minute when Mike Culhane collected from a midfield maul to set up stand off Rob Casey to score in the corner 15-0.
From the restart winger Will Theaker beat three defenders to run from halfway to score under the posts for a Hynes converted try to end the first half at 22 points to nil.
The second half saw no let up as Hendon took full advantage of the slope and ran in a further six tries.
First on the board was Theaker for the Bonus Point score, converted by Hynes
Then second row Ben Gold turned over a maul by St. Albans again to Theaker to score for his hat-trick 34-0.
Flanker Donal O’Sullivan was next to cross the whitewash for his try converted by Hynes 41-0.
Saints were now down to 14 players through injury allowing Hendon’s backline to create the overlaps with Hynes scoring and converting his second try to go 48-0 ahead after 25 minutes of the second half.
From the restart a defensive error by Saints was collected by Dan Watterson to score an easy try for Hynes to convert 55-0.
Into the closing minutes Rob Casey went over out wide for his second score 60-0.
In the last move Hendon's attack were all pressing to be the next over the line when the final pass to score went wide. It was collected by the Saints winger to run the length of the pitch for a consolation try to finish a miserable day at the office for the away outfit.
Hendon though ended their last home league match on a positive note wining handsomely at 60 points to 7.
On the top pitch however it was a slightly different story with Hendon 2nd XV taking on league leaders Hertford 4th XV in their Merit Table. A really solid first half with honours even was not matched in the second period as Hertford ran out comfortable winners.
This Saturday 6th April Hendon First XV finish their League season away to Barnet.