Match Report: Actonians RFC 26 - 41 Hendon RFC
By Liam Murphy
This Hendon win breaks the jinx of over a decade of losses at Actonians.
Although Hendon clocked up a home win against Actonians earlier in the season, the visit to the Acton, West London Club had another slant as the visitors held a certain respect for Actonians in not being able to successfully play their small home pitch to their advantage for over 10 years. However matters have finally been laid to rest, even though a healthy first half advantage by Hendon seemed to be going adrift in the second period before their final onslaught.
Hendon started well with second row Vytautas Pavilonis (Vytas) crashing through the Actonian defence to score a Cian Hynes convered try after just five minutes.
As Hendon continued their pressure Actonians conceded a penalty on their 10 metre line for Hynes to slot over for a 0-10 lead after 15 minutes.
Hendon in attack were then penalised and the long kick to touch gave the home outfit a 5 metre line out. A dummy run got them round the Hendon defence in the opposite corner for a well worked converted try 7-10.
Midway through the half Hendon were awarded a 5 metre penalty in front of the posts but a scrum was decided with Billy Burrell to Hynes on the burst giving the captain the opportunity to score, converting his own try 7-17. Then from the restart a midfield ruck by Actonians was turned over for No 8 Donal O’Sullivan to collect and run in a try from half way with Hynes again converting 7-24.
Again from the restart back row openside Rossa Dooley carried to the Actonian fiev metre line to set up another backline move for winger Chris Kiyingi to score in the corner. Hynes was again successful in converting taking the score to 7-31.
Hendon were now fully in charge and from a maul after another carry from Mike Culhane to the Actonians five metre line , Kiyingi joined the maul to go over for his second score meaning that at the turn round Hendon led 7-36.
Into the second period, a Hendon defensive error allowed the home team to keep the ball tight to eventually create a push over try 14-36. Then a long kick from Hynes setting up a Hendon attack for a possible score was defended out by Actonians and enabled them to set up another scoring opportunity to move closer at 21-36.
Had the visitors done enough to hold on as Actonians again broke the Hendon defence to score again after 20 minutes to move within ten points 26-36?
However team captain Hynes then took control with a personal midfield attack giving the Hendon forwards several attempts to go over and eventually scrum half Burrell joined a maul to finish off with a concluding try out wide to finish the game at 26 points to 41 giving Hendon another 5 League points and keeping them comfortably in fourth place in the League.
This Saturday 30th March Hendon are back at Copthall for home League match against third placed St.Albans.