Hendon beat Thamesians to end losing run

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:30 22 October 2018

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Herts/Middlesex One: Hendon 19 Thamesians 14

Hendon ended a run of four straight defeats in Herts/Middlesex One with a 19-14 victory at home Thamesians.

The home outfit were up the slope in the first period, with forwards combining well with a 10-minute offensive of rucks and mauls in Thamesians territory, before a final maul to the try line saw prop Gabriel Murilo dive through to score an unconverted try.

Hendon’s dominance continued with many phases of play, but the Thamesians defence held firm.

On 20 minutes, Hendon were setting up a further attacking move via the backline, but the ball went loose from a tackle.

The ball appeared to be knocked on by the Thamesians tackler, who then charged down the loose ball and slipped it to his winger, leaving Hendon waiting for the whistle as Thamesians scored an easy converted try under the posts to lead 7-5.

Hendon finished the period again on the visitors’ line, but had a try disallowed for a double movement.

From the second-half restart, Hendon kept Thamesians in their own territory who attempted to run at the well drilled home backline.

A pass was intercepted by Toby Ikwueke, who scored under the post as Cian Hynes slotted over for a 12-7 lead for the Greelands Lane outfit.

Again from the restart, Rob Page was dominant in getting possession for Nick Andrews to carry to the Thamesians’ 22, before passing to Chris Kiyingi who broke through two defenders to score Hendon’s third try, converted by Hynes.

Into the last 10 minutes, a tiring Hendon were on the backfoot in defence with Thamesians eventually pushing over to score a converted try.

A late long penalty just went wide for Hendon to secure a two-score advantage, but the final whistle was not long coming and the hosts gained a valuable win.

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