Hendon stung by Wasps
PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 October 2018
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Herts/Middlesex One: Wasps 13 Hendon 10
Hendon slipped to a narrow 13-10 loss away to Herts/Middlesex title hopefuls Wasps.
The Greenlands Lane outfit were put under immediate pressure by the well-drilled home pack.
Hendon’s defence held up to the heavier pack, but Wasps took every opportunity to maul their way into the visitors’ territory, resulting in a converted try on 15 minutes. Soon after, the Greenlands Lane side were back to defending in what now seemed to be one-way traffic.
A penalty was conceded on the 22 putting, allowing Wasps to extend their lead to 10-0.
Even with the wind and rain against them, Hendon changed tactics to spread the ball wide rather than keeping it tight.
Backline moves, however, fell apart with the slippery ball after great runs by Donal O’Sullivan, Chris Kyingi and Will Theaker.
The Greenlands Lane outfit reached the end of the period without conceding any further points and now had the elements in their favour.
From the restart, Hendon’s Toby Ikwueke and Billy Burrell led the charge and in the 47th minute, Cian Hynes slotted over a long penalty kick to pull the visitors back to 10-3.
From the ensuing restart, the ball was collected on the Hendon 10 by wing Theaker, who ran through the Wasps defence.
Theaker evaded three tackles to score out wide, with Hynes kicking on target to level the score at 10-10.
Hendon continued to spread the ball wide with the home outfit keeping it tight in their forwards.
Penalty chances were missed by both teams, but Wasps converted one opportunity midway through the half to go 13-10 ahead, before seeing out the match.
Hendon again collected a losing bonus point, but slipped another position in the standings.