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H.A.C.
Rochford Hundred
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Tries
I Meads, H Hudson (3), S Fombo, m billings
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Conversions
C Greenhall (4)
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Penalties
Sat 5 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

A HAPPY NEW YEAR START

Report by Graham Pratt

The New Year started on a successful note with a hard-fought victory over a good H.A.C outfit at Chiswick. Rochford finished well in the end with a bonus point win, but they had to work for it.

The match was a real challenge for the boys in black as they had to overcome a red card for Jodie Allen and later losing scrum half Steven Jay with a head injury.

However, after a testing first half Rochford’s class and power prevailed and they finished worthy winners on this dull afternoon at Dukes Meadows.

H.A.C. are no slouches and they came off the blocks looking for an early score putting enormous pressure on the visitor’s defence and were rewarded with two well struck penalties in quick concession.

Rochford struck back with some fast back play finished off by the elusive running of centre Iain Meads who sped over the line for a try. Cameron Greenhall added the extra two points and the Essex lads took the lead.

The home side continued to press but Rochford, although not playing at their best, held on and began to use their powerful forward base to dictate matters and drove H.A.C back to their line and captain Harry Hudson crashed over to score and the Greenhall conversion now put them 14 – 6 ahead.

Once again, the regiment side struck back with a penalty kick before big second row Sam Fombo added another five points with a good try.

The kicking boot of the opposition’s number 10 struck again to take the score line to 19 – 12 at half time.

With the loss of Allen and playing with 14 men together with the injury to Jay the side needed the break to reorganise which they did extremely well and showed that strength of character and grit which good sides have.

mark billings had moved into scrum half position from full back and paraded those all-round skills that makes him such an asset to the team. New signing Chris Dudman came in at full back but H.A.C. kept up the pressure early in the second session to take advantage of their extra man and saw the home side winger run in for a try and an excellent kick from far out added the extra two points to bring the score level at 19 – 19.

That was as it got for them as Rochford knuckled down and using their strong forward base forced the opposition back onto their line and, once again, Hudson crashed through to score the bonus point try. Greenhall converted and Rochford’s strength and confidence showed through in spite of being a player down.

Soon after Harry Hudson went over for his hat trick and Greenhall added the two points and a period of good link play between forwards and backs followed and a splendid individual effort by Billings was the icing on the cake.

Rochford kept up the power play right until the final whistle and could have scored another try if they had been just a little bit more clinical.

Having said that, and showing they are not quite back into the swing of things following the Christmas break, it was a well taken win under difficult conditions.

Credit to H.A.C who have proven over the two matches played between the sides that they are a strong outfit and have scored more points (46) against us in both games than all other teams so far. The team will be making sure that it stays that way.

There are some areas to look at, particularly the penalty count against them on Saturday, but a home game against Fullerians next week will be the ideal time to get back into a rhythm again.

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Key moments

7:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for H.A.C.
10:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for H.A.C.
12:00
Try Iain Meads scores for Rochford Hundred
13:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
19:00
Try Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
20:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
23:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for H.A.C.
37:00
Try Sam Fombo scores for Rochford Hundred
39:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for H.A.C.
48:00
Try Try for H.A.C.
48:00
Conversion Conversion for H.A.C.
54:00
Try Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
55:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
60:00
Try Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
61:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
62:00
Try mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred

Highlights

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68:00 Sub On
Daniel Sowter is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
68:00 Sub Off
James Kellard is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
62:00 Try 19 - 38
mark billings scores for Rochford Hundred
61:00 Conversion 19 - 33
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
60:00 Try 19 - 31
Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
55:00 Conversion 19 - 26
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
54:00 Try 19 - 24
Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
48:00 Try 17 - 19
Try for H.A.C.
48:00 Conversion 19 - 19
Conversion for H.A.C.
46:00 Sub Off
Lewis Brunger is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
46:00 Sub On
michael guess is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 12 - 19
Penalty kicked for H.A.C.
37:00 Try 9 - 19
Sam Fombo scores for Rochford Hundred
26:00 Sub Off
Steve Jay is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
26:00 Sub On
Chris Dudman is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
23:00 Penalty 9 - 14
Penalty kicked for H.A.C.
21:00 Red Card
Jody Allen is sent off for Rochford Hundred
20:00 Conversion 6 - 14
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
19:00 Try 6 - 12
Harry Hudson scores for Rochford Hundred
13:00 Conversion 6 - 7
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
12:00 Try 6 - 5
Iain Meads scores for Rochford Hundred
10:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Penalty kicked for H.A.C.
7:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Penalty kicked for H.A.C.
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • H.A.C.
  • Rochford Hundred
  • 0
  • Penalty 7:00'
  • Penalty 10:00'
  • Iain Meads Try 12:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 13:00'
  • Harry Hudson Try 19:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 20:00'
  • Jody Allen Red Card 21:00'
  • Penalty 23:00'
  • Steve Jay Sub Off 26:00'
  • Chris Dudman Sub On 26:00'
  • Sam Fombo Try 37:00'
  • Penalty 39:00'
  • Lewis Brunger Sub Off 46:00'
  • michael guess Sub On 46:00'
  • Try 48:00'
  • Conversion 48:00'
  • Harry Hudson Try 54:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 55:00'
  • Harry Hudson Try 60:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 61:00'
  • mark billings Try 62:00'
  • Daniel Sowter Sub On 68:00'
  • James Kellard Sub Off 68:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Rochford Hundred 16 80
2. Colchester 16 72
3. North Walsham 16 69
4. Old Haberdashers 16 55
5. H.A.C. 16 48
6. Eton Manor 16 45
7. Amersham & Chiltern 16 44

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