Hendon fall to defeat at Saracens Amateurs

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 September 2018

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Herts/Middlesex One: Saracens Amateurs 19 Hendon 15

Hendon slipped to a second straight loss in Herts/Middlesex One with a 19-15 defeat at Saracens Amateurs.

After a physical first half that saw both packs heavily involved, the Greenlands Lane outfit trailed 9-0 at the break after conceding several penalties.

Hendon, though, had shown their dominance in the scrum pushing Saracens off their own ball several times, allowing Donal O’Sullivan to make plenty of ground.

The Greenlands Lane outfit changed tactics in the second half and scored within minutes of the restart.

A run from the backline saw Chris Kiyingi breach the defence, setting up a maul on the Saracens 22-metre line which was finished off by Mike Culhane.

Cian Hynes then converted from the touchline for the visitors to make the score 9-7 to the hosts.

From the restart, Hendon tackled the Saracens catcher, claimed the ball and mauled to the line with Larry Moore touching down.

The try, however, was disallowed for a double movement and Saracens kicked to safety.

The Greenlands Lane outfit were now looking the stronger and a defensive error by Saracens allowed Hynes to convert the penalty for a deserved 10-9 lead.

Against the run of play and with handling errors, the visitors found themselves in defence and Saracens went ahead with a penalty midway through the period.

The home team scored again from a lineout on the Hendon 10-metre line, then a run by their backline penetrated the away defence for another try to make it 19-10.

Hendon knew victory was still in sight and another run by Kiyingi again set up the pack to push to the line, with the outstanding Paul Julian scoring out wide.

The final whistle came with Hendon pushing Saracens into defence with another score on the cards.

The hosts cleaned up and kicked the ball dead to end the game which could have gone either way.

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