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Old Priorians
Rochford Hundred
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Tries
J Allen, D Sowter, C Shields, W Ferrier (3), A Justice, H Hudson (2), C Greenhall
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Conversions
C Greenhall (4)
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Penalties
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

CHAMPIONS

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Report by Graham Pratt

On this beautiful warm spring afternoon those present witnessed a most remarkable and competitive match and a complete turnaround in fortunes.

Rochford needed this bonus point win to be confirmed as London 1 North champions and this they did, but not without having to dig deep to obtain it.

The game started at a pace with the boys in black taking the match to their hosts who had to defend desperately to keep them out.

Rochford Hundred 1st XV vs Old Priorians
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It was to no avail as Rochford’s forward power saw man mountain Jodie Allen drive through to score. More pounding of the Priorian’s try line followed but good defence and some over exuberant play by the visitors kept the scoreboard the same.

Priorians showed from the off that they were not going to be intimidated by the league leader’s reputation and forced their way back. Their efforts were rewarded with a well taken penalty kick and then followed up by a good period od of attacking play resulting in a try to put them ahead 8 – 5.

Although totally out scrummaged in the set piece and beaten mostly in the lineout where Douglas and Hudson dominated, Priorians made up for it in the loose where they fought like tigers and stole ball off Rochford on a number of occasions.

Conditions were ideal for running rugby and both sides put this into practice and Rochford benefited from this with a well taken try from second row Dan Sowter and then a bull dozing effort from number 8 Chris Shields which Cameron Greenhall converted.to bring the score to 17 – 8.

A further penalty from the West London side brought the half time result to 17 – 11 to the visitors after a hard fought first session.

Injuries to Jodie Allen and later to scrum half Steven Jay did not help matters and added to Rochford long injury list .The home outfit came out fighting in the second half with some strong running and turned over ball which they exploited to good effect and were quickly rewarded with by running in two converted tries to give them the lead again at 25 – 17 going into the third quarter.

The Essex boys needed to regroup, tighten up and change tactics as they were under extreme pressure at this stage and dreams of a successful outcome looked in the balance.

This side are not leaders of this division and unbeaten over two league seasons for no reason and what followed was most remarkable.

James Kellard came on the tighten up the forward play and Rochford went back to the basics of using their power base and going through the phases with Matt Stewart doing sterling work as replacement scrum half.

All of Old Priorians hard work and effort began to tell on them as their defensive wall started to break and 7 tries were then scored by the prospective champions in the last twenty minutes as first wing Will. Ferrier crossed for the bonus point try, followed then by the other wing Alfie Justice running in for another. Rochford’s power base provided two tries as they drove relentlessly to the defending side’s try line. Captain Harry Hudson drove over from one of these surges and then scored again shortly after, and for Greenhall to add the extra.

Greenhall himself went over for a excellent individual try under the posts which he duly converted and going into the last few minutes as Priorian’s defensive wall fell to pieces. Will Ferrier pounced to score two more opportunist tries, one of which Greenhall converted to bring proceeding to an end and the start of celebrations by the Rochford contingent.

Commiseration to a gallant and talented Old Priorians team who put up such a staunched resistance for most of this remarkable match but were overwhelmed in the end by the superior fitness and sheer determination of this strong and talented Rochford outfit who do not know how the lose.

Key moments

3:00
Try Jody Allen scores for Rochford Hundred
5:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Priorians
13:00
Try Try for Old Priorians
21:00
Try Daniel Sowter scores for Rochford Hundred
33:00
Try Chris Shields scores for Rochford Hundred
34:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
39:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Priorians
42:00
Try Try for Old Priorians
43:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Priorians
46:00
Try Try for Old Priorians
47:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Priorians
49:00
Try William Ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
61:00
Try Alfie Justice scores for Rochford Hundred
66:00
Try Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
69:00
Try Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
70:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
73:00
Try Cameron Greenhall scores for Rochford Hundred
74:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
75:00
Try William Ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
76:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
77:00
Try William Ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred

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77:00 Try 25 - 58
William Ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
76:00 Conversion 25 - 53
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
75:00 Try 25 - 51
William Ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
74:00 Conversion 25 - 46
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
73:00 Try 25 - 44
Cameron Greenhall scores for Rochford Hundred
71:00 Sub On
Daniel Sowter is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
71:00 Sub Off
adam ferrier is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
70:00 Conversion 25 - 39
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
69:00 Try 25 - 37
Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
66:00 Try 25 - 32
Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
61:00 Try 25 - 27
Alfie Justice scores for Rochford Hundred
49:00 Try 25 - 22
William Ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
47:00 Conversion 25 - 17
Conversion for Old Priorians
46:00 Try 23 - 17
Try for Old Priorians
43:00 Conversion 18 - 17
Conversion for Old Priorians
42:00 Try 16 - 17
Try for Old Priorians
40:00 Sub On
James Kellard is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
40:00 Sub Off
Daniel Sowter is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 11 - 17
Penalty kicked for Old Priorians
34:00 Conversion 8 - 17
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
33:00 Try 8 - 15
Chris Shields scores for Rochford Hundred
21:00 Try 8 - 10
Daniel Sowter scores for Rochford Hundred
13:00 Sub On
michael guess is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
13:00 Sub On
Danny Cleare is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
13:00 Sub Off
Steve Jay is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
13:00 Sub Off
Jody Allen is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
13:00 Try 8 - 5
Try for Old Priorians
5:00 Penalty 3 - 5
Penalty kicked for Old Priorians
3:00 Try 0 - 5
Jody Allen scores for Rochford Hundred
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As it happened

  • Old Priorians
  • Rochford Hundred
  • 0
  • Jody Allen Try 3:00'
  • Penalty 5:00'
  • Jody Allen Sub Off 13:00'
  • michael guess Sub On 13:00'
  • Danny Cleare Sub On 13:00'
  • Steve Jay Sub Off 13:00'
  • Try 13:00'
  • Daniel Sowter Try 21:00'
  • Chris Shields Try 33:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 34:00'
  • Penalty 39:00'
  • Daniel Sowter Sub Off 40:00'
  • James Kellard Sub On 40:00'
  • Try 42:00'
  • Conversion 43:00'
  • Try 46:00'
  • Conversion 47:00'
  • William Ferrier Try 49:00'
  • Alfie Justice Try 61:00'
  • Harry Hudson Try 66:00'
  • Harry Hudson Try 69:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 70:00'
  • adam ferrier Sub Off 71:00'
  • Daniel Sowter Sub On 71:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Try 73:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 74:00'
  • William Ferrier Try 75:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 76:00'
  • William Ferrier Try 77:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Rochford Hundred 26 130
2. Colchester 26 115
3. North Walsham 26 109
4. Old Haberdashers 26 80
5. H.A.C. 26 78
6. Southend Saxons 26 67
7. Amersham & Chiltern 26 65

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