Rugby Union: Hendon slump to defeat at home to Royston in Herts/Middlesex One
PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 March 2018
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Herts/Middlesex One: Hendon 0 Royston 62
Hendon suffered a disappointing 62-0 loss against Royston on their latest outing in Herts/Middlesex One.
Hendon were severely dented by injuries ahead of the game, made worse by losing several players to further knocks in the match, finishing with just 13 men.
The home pack kept their side in the game with some spirited play from Gabriel Murilo and Ben Gold, with Nick Andrews supporting until he sustained a broken hand.
Hendon tried some hopeful attacking moves in the second half through Billy Burrell and Toby Ikwueke, but with men short, they were easily stopped short as Royston.
The defeat may have been in part down to Hendon having played just three days prior to the Royston game in their rearranged tie against London French.
The game against London French took place under the floodlights last Wednesday at Allianz Park, the home of current European Champions Cup holders Saracens.
It was a much rosier result for Hendon as they were able to record a fine 49-12 triumph over London French.
After London French scored the opening try, Donal O’Sullivan crashed through the defence to score under the posts for the hosts, with Stuart Doran converting.
Scrum half Billy Burrell then scored from a blindside move from a Hendon maul to extend the hosts’ lead.
Just before the break, Hendon scored again with TJ O’Sullivan scoring and Doran converting as the hosts led 19-5 at the interval.
The home outfit were rampant from the off in the second half, with Toby Ikwueke scoring after two minutes.
From the restart, Hendon captain Mike Culhane collected on 10-metre line, before running through the French defence, but was stopped short on the 22.
London French conceded a penalty, from which Burrell took a quick tap to score Hendon’s next try out wide to make it 29-5.
TJ O’Sullivan was able to complete his hat-trick before the end of the match, while Tommy Middleton and Donal O’Sullivan also dotted down to round out a comfortable win for Hendon.