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Rochford Hundred
Old Haberdashers
C Greenhall, S Whatling, C Strachan, S Gay, a ferrier, M Ikhifa
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C Greenhall (3)
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Sat 6 Apr 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

ROCHFORD FINISH HOME CAMPAIGN WITH HARD FOUGHT WIN

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Report by Graham Pratt

Rochford brought their home and penultimate league campaign to a successful conclusion with a hard-fought victory over a good Haberdashers outfit in front of a large crowd at Magnolia Road.

For the most part it was a rather dull, stop, start contest to match the gloom of the overcast and damp weather but intriguing all the same. In some ways this game was similar to last week’s where the boys in black had to dig deep to come back from behind to win with the obligatory bonus point.

The match started well with an early try from stand off Cameron Greenhall who used his pace to run in at the corner.

RHRFC vs Old Habadashers 6th April 2019
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This was short lived however as Haberdashers did not travel all the way over from North West London to be cannon fodder for their high-flying opponents and they took the game to Rochford.

A try quickly followed which was duly converted and soon after that they ran in for another converted try. The old boys had a big and aggressive set of forwards who put themselves about in the loose and good, fast backs which caused the Rochford side problems.

The home side found it hard to get any rhythm going and began to make handling errors at crucial times when in promising attacking positions.

The visitors scored a further converted try and midway through the first half Rochford were looking at a 21 – 5 deficit.

The big Rochford crowd of supporters had gone fairly quiet at this stage especially when the team were reduced to fourteen men when second row Allen Barker was yellow carded.

This seemed to be the wake up call they needed as they regrouped, went back to basics through their strong and experienced pack. Two tries came from this power base as they forced Old Haberdashers to defend desperately and first flanker Stuart Whatling drove over for a try and then shortly after lively prop Craig Strachan found a way through to score. Both tries were converted by Greenhall and Rochford went into the break only 19 – 21 behind.

The home team came out for the second half with new found vigour and back at full strength attacked the old boy’s line with purpose. Some excellent ball play saw centre Sonny Gay speed through to score the fourth and bonus point try to put his side back into the lead.

This Rochford side do not know how to lose and now they were in front their strength, experience and extra fitness told, and it was only fitting that hooker adam ferrier crashed over for a try as he has been a typical example of this Rochford forward power together with others that has been the anchor of the team’s success. Greenhall converted to take the score line to 31 – 21 to the home side. The game became rather static with a number of stoppages and set scrums followed which frustrated both teams and the supporters alike.

As the game progressed into the latter stages the visitors began to tire after putting in so much effort and Rochford threw the ball about more.

Winger Mark Ikhifa at last had a chance to show off some of his running skills to good effect as he ran in for Rochford’s sixth try.

However, the persistent opposition never gave up the fight and were rewarded with an opportunist try late in the game to give them a try bonus point as a small consolation for all their efforts. In fact, they are the club that have put the most points on us this season and due credit to them.

Rochford tightened up to see out this edgy and hard-fought contest and then to take the plaudits of their loyal and vocal supporters who have been a big part of this rollercoaster season.

Many good individual performances from players especially such as Jack Doherty who came in at scrum half and did so well and Tom Corbet making his return to the team after a trying time.

Primarily this was another of those massive team performances where character, experience and sheer determination is needed to see off good opposition.

Rochford, for the most part, this season have not needed to extend themselves too much but there have been those games, especially since Christmas, where they have had to dig deep and have not been found wanting and will put them in good stead for the challenges of next season.

Last league game next week away at Amersham and the boys will want to finish this extraordinary season off in style.

Key moments

1:00
Try Cameron Greenhall scores for Rochford Hundred
4:00
Try Try for Old Haberdashers
5:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Haberdashers
8:00
Try Try for Old Haberdashers
9:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Haberdashers
20:00
Try Try for Old Haberdashers
21:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Haberdashers
32:00
Try Stuart Whatling scores for Rochford Hundred
33:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
36:00
Try Craig Strachan scores for Rochford Hundred
37:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
58:00
Try Sonny-Lewis Gay scores for Rochford Hundred
61:00
Try adam ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
62:00
Conversion Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
71:00
Try Mark Ikhifa scores for Rochford Hundred
73:00
Try Try for Old Haberdashers
74:00
Conversion Conversion for Old Haberdashers

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RHRFC vs Old Habadashers 6th April 2019
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Highlights

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74:00 Conversion 36 - 28
Conversion for Old Haberdashers
73:00 Try 36 - 26
Try for Old Haberdashers
72:00 Sub On
Alfie Justice is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
72:00 Sub Off
Mark Ikhifa is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
71:00 Try 36 - 21
Mark Ikhifa scores for Rochford Hundred
63:00 Sub Off
adam ferrier is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
63:00 Sub On
Stuart Whatling is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
62:00 Conversion 31 - 21
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
61:00 Try 29 - 21
adam ferrier scores for Rochford Hundred
58:00 Try 24 - 21
Sonny-Lewis Gay scores for Rochford Hundred
50:00 Sub Off
Alan Barker is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
50:00 Sub On
Tom Corbet is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
46:00 Sub Off
Alfie Justice is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
46:00 Sub On
Sam Nash is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
40:00 Sub Off
Stuart Whatling is substituted off for Rochford Hundred
40:00 Sub On
Daniel Sowter is substituted on for Rochford Hundred
End of period 1
37:00 Conversion 19 - 21
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
36:00 Try 17 - 21
Craig Strachan scores for Rochford Hundred
33:00 Conversion 12 - 21
Cameron Greenhall kicks a conversion for Rochford Hundred
32:00 Try 10 - 21
Stuart Whatling scores for Rochford Hundred
29:00 Yellow Card
Alan Barker is yellow carded for Rochford Hundred
21:00 Conversion 5 - 21
Conversion for Old Haberdashers
20:00 Try 5 - 19
Try for Old Haberdashers
9:00 Conversion 5 - 14
Conversion for Old Haberdashers
8:00 Try 5 - 12
Try for Old Haberdashers
5:00 Conversion 5 - 7
Conversion for Old Haberdashers
4:00 Try 5 - 5
Try for Old Haberdashers
1:00 Try 5 - 0
Cameron Greenhall scores for Rochford Hundred
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As it happened

  • Rochford Hundred
  • Old Haberdashers
  • 0
  • Cameron Greenhall Try 1:00'
  • Try 4:00'
  • Conversion 5:00'
  • Try 8:00'
  • Conversion 9:00'
  • Try 20:00'
  • Conversion 21:00'
  • Alan Barker Yellow Card 29:00'
  • Stuart Whatling Try 32:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 33:00'
  • Craig Strachan Try 36:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 37:00'
  • Stuart Whatling Sub Off 40:00'
  • Daniel Sowter Sub On 40:00'
  • Alfie Justice Sub Off 46:00'
  • Sam Nash Sub On 46:00'
  • Tom Corbet Sub On 50:00'
  • Alan Barker Sub Off 50:00'
  • Sonny-Lewis Gay Try 58:00'
  • adam ferrier Try 61:00'
  • Cameron Greenhall Conversion 62:00'
  • adam ferrier Sub Off 63:00'
  • Stuart Whatling Sub On 63:00'
  • Mark Ikhifa Try 71:00'
  • Mark Ikhifa Sub Off 72:00'
  • Alfie Justice Sub On 72:00'
  • Try 73:00'
  • Conversion 74:00'

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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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