Harts XV - Match centre

Rochford II
Brentwood II
J Baker, J Fitzpatrick, L Wiseman, H Chipper, R Levy, T Pickering
Full time
H Chipper (3), L Wiseman
Sat 4 Mar 15:00 - The Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Table - Division 1

Final League game ends in Victory

Final League game ends in Victory

The Harts managed to secure an excellent Win for last league game of the season against a very talented Brentwood side. Brentwood were looking for a good end to the season themselves and a top 2 finish and brought along a very strong squad but this wasn’t quite enough to topple the Harts at home.
Brentwood started strong using the impressively big pack with a strong set piece and driving maul to cause Rochford problems, and after a number a penalties against the home side Atkins was eventually shown a Yellow for pulling down the maul. Brentwood however could not capitalise and were getting frustrated and were just not able to penetrate the impressive Rochford defence. During the sin bin it was actually Rochford that recorded the first score with Baker getting an inch of space out wide which he used to power through the defence and score and impressive try converted by Chipper, Rochford 7 – 0 Brentwood.
Back to a full compliment with the return of Atkins Rochford were all power and pressure, the defensively line led by the impressive Brown was not allowing Brentwood to get into the game at all and with ball in hand Rochford were looking very dangerous. Fitzpatrick, having another outstanding game at Fly Half, managed to secure the next try a grubber kick from himself beautifully ended up in the hands of Pickering who drew the last man and return the ball to Fitzpatrick in support he raced clear of the cover defence to put Rochford further ahead again Chipper adding the 2. Rochford 14 – 0 Brentwood.
Next to have a 10 minute rest was Chipper who was accused of foul play for kicking the ball away at the bottom of a ruck and again during this period as the final minutes of the half ticked away it was Rochford that actually capitalised with some impressive back play that saw Wiseman power over out wide to finish the half strong.
Halftime Rochford 19 – 0 Brentwood.
Brentwood hit back immediately in the 2nd half with a well worked try of their own to get themselves some points on the board, but when Chipper returned to the field Rochford were back in control and from a number of scrums on the Brentwood line Chipper himself managed to get over the line for another converted try. Rochford 26 – 5 Brentwood.
The latest score settled the nerves and Rochford made a number of changes with Gledhill and Daly joining the back line as well as a welcome return to the club for Reece Levy who also entered the fray in the front row.
Rochford were showing dominance in open play, defence attack and the set piece. A good driving maul ended up with the returning Levy scoring soon after he came on to further enhance the lead and then some fine running by Bracknell from turn over ball on Rochford’s own 22 metre line managed to release Pickering on the Wing to sprint clear and allowing Wiseman to add the extras for the final score of the game.
Rochford 38 – 5 Brentwood.

Score line didn’t exactly reflect the game as Brentwood were always causing Rochford issues and were arguably one of the best sides the Harts had faced all season, a great game of Rugby was on show and we wish Brentwood well with the remainder of their season as they have everything still to play for in both the Merit League and Essex Cup.
A number of impressive performances from all the squad but special mention to Fitzpatrick who continues to improve week after week, Brown led the defensive line superbly in the centre, but it was Hughes who again earned the Man of Match award for some fine hard line running rugby and seemed to be everywhere in both defence and attack.
With the league games finished Rochford now look forward to continuing their strong run in at the end of the season by welcoming Thurrock in the Essex 2nd XV Cup semi final this coming Saturday, in what should be a cracking game at Magnolia Road.

Key moments

15:00
Try Jon Baker scores for Rochford II
16:00
Conversion Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
28:00
Try Jonathan Fitzpatrick scores for Rochford II
29:00
Conversion Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
38:00
Try Lee Wiseman scores for Rochford II
45:00
Try Harry Chipper scores for Rochford II
55:00
Try Reece Levy scores for Rochford II
56:00
Conversion Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
65:00
Try Tom Pickering scores for Rochford II
66:00
Conversion Lee Wiseman kicks a conversion for Rochford II

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Bradley Hughes is awarded player of the match for Rochford II
66:00 Conversion 38 - 0
Lee Wiseman kicks a conversion for Rochford II
65:00 Try 36 - 0
Tom Pickering scores for Rochford II
60:00 Sub Off
Harry Chipper is substituted off for Rochford II
60:00 Sub On
Lee Wiseman is substituted on for Rochford II
56:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
55:00 Try 29 - 0
Reece Levy scores for Rochford II
50:00 Sub Off
Jon Baker is substituted off for Rochford II
50:00 Sub Off
Lee Wiseman is substituted off for Rochford II
50:00 Sub Off
Stewart Aungier is substituted off for Rochford II
50:00 Sub On
Tom Daly is substituted on for Rochford II
50:00 Sub On
Scott Gledhill is substituted on for Rochford II
50:00 Sub On
Reece Levy is substituted on for Rochford II
45:00 Try 24 - 0
Harry Chipper scores for Rochford II
40:00 Sub Off
David Golding is substituted off for Rochford II
40:00 Sub On
Lee O'Benny is substituted on for Rochford II
40:00 Sub On
Billy Rowe is substituted on for Rochford II
40:00 Sub Off
Michael Atkins is substituted off for Rochford II
End of period 1
38:00 Try 19 - 0
Lee Wiseman scores for Rochford II
35:00 Yellow Card
Harry Chipper is yellow carded for Rochford II
29:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
28:00 Try 12 - 0
Jonathan Fitzpatrick scores for Rochford II
16:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
15:00 Try 5 - 0
Jon Baker scores for Rochford II
10:00 Yellow Card
Michael Atkins is yellow carded for Rochford II
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As it happened

  • Rochford II
  • Brentwood II
  • 0
  • Michael Atkins Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Jon Baker Try 15:00'
  • Harry Chipper Conversion 16:00'
  • Jonathan Fitzpatrick Try 28:00'
  • Harry Chipper Conversion 29:00'
  • Harry Chipper Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Lee Wiseman Try 38:00'
  • Michael Atkins Sub Off 40:00'
  • David Golding Sub Off 40:00'
  • Billy Rowe Sub On 40:00'
  • Lee O'Benny Sub On 40:00'
  • Harry Chipper Try 45:00'
  • Lee Wiseman Sub Off 50:00'
  • Jon Baker Sub Off 50:00'
  • Stewart Aungier Sub Off 50:00'
  • Tom Daly Sub On 50:00'
  • Scott Gledhill Sub On 50:00'
  • Reece Levy Sub On 50:00'
  • Reece Levy Try 55:00'
  • Harry Chipper Conversion 56:00'
  • Lee Wiseman Sub On 60:00'
  • Harry Chipper Sub Off 60:00'
  • Tom Pickering Try 65:00'
  • Lee Wiseman Conversion 66:00'
  • Bradley Hughes Player of the Match 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Eton Manor II 18 78
2. East London II 18 64
3. Chingford II 18 63
4. Brentwood II 18 63
5. Thurrock II 18 61
6. Rochford II 18 53
7. Romford II 18 40

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