Worst-ever defeat for injury-ravaged Hendon worsens relegation worries

PUBLISHED: 19:30 09 March 2017

It was a day to forget for injury-ravaged Hendon Rugby Club against London French. Picture: GEORGE PHILLIPOU/TGS PHOTO

It was a day to forget for injury-ravaged Hendon Rugby Club against London French. Picture: GEORGE PHILLIPOU/TGS PHOTO

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Hendon suffered their worst-ever defeat as they went down 85-12 to promotion-chasing London French.

Almost every London French attack ended in points for the home outfit who remain third in Herts Middlesex One.

To their credit a vastly under-strength Hendon, fielding mostly second-team players due to a substantial injured and unavailable list, kept up the pressure and came away with a couple of tries.

Hendon’s captain for the day, JP Cremin, said: “The fitness of the entire French team was the key to their success. We just couldn’t get to them fast enough and when we did there was always another man to run in the ball.”

Hendon were 19-0 down after 10 minutes and changed the game plan to stop kicking the ball down field.

With the ball in hand, Hendon’s forwards managed to retain possession for the next 20 minutes but could not penetrate the home defence.

However, French turned the screw before the break, running in a further five tries to turn round 52-0 in front.

Hendon leaked another two scores within five minutes of the restart before mounting a rally.

After a kick was charged down inside the opposition 22, Hendon pinned French back and a rolling maul allowed Aiden Power to score in the corner.

A turnover and a quick break allowed French another two scores but Hendon were forwards were soon back on the front foot and another rolling maul brought a second try, this time scored by TJ O’Sullivan.

Larry Moore added the conversion before the hosts completed the scoring with a converted try of their own.

The defeat leaves Hendon well and truly in the relegation battle and work will be needed by the returning wounded in the last four games.

Hendon are at home to Old Actonians on Saturday.

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