Harts XV - Match centre

Rochford II
Thurrock II
J Fitzpatrick, H Chipper (2), J Baker (2), L Ridgeway, S Goodliffe
Full time
H Chipper (4)
Sat 11 Mar 14:00 - Essex RFU 2nd XV Cup 16-17 Attendance 75

Harts Make Final

Harts Make Final

Rochford Hundred Harts XV made it through to the Essex 2nd XV Cup final with an emphatic win over rivals Thurrock at Magnolia Road on Saturday. With one league win a piece this was always going to be a touch and brutal encounter which the boys in black managed to record an excellent result.

Rochford started brightly and put the pressure on Thurrock from the start. A powerful display from the forwards managed to gain good ground and allowed Fitzpatrick to split the defence and side step the full back to score under the posts, converted by Chipper. Rochford 7 – 0 Thurrock.

Thurrock hit back immediately and when Dolman saw a Yellow card for a high tackle on his opposite number Rochford were under pressure and this eventually led to a good Thurrock try followed by two penalties during the 10 minute sin bin spell to put them in control of the game, Rochford 7 – 13 Thurrock.

With Rochford back to full compliment and learning quickly the referees interpretation of the laws the remainder of the second half was all control by Rochford. The front row of Illingworth, Irvine and Hughes were dominating their opposition and some strong running from the back row of Chipper, Spencer and Goodliffe Thurrock were struggling to contain a hungry Rochford side. A penalty 5 metres out resulted in some quick thinking and a quick tap and go from Chipper who powered over to convert his own try and put Rochford back into control, Rochford 14 – 13 Thurrock.

Next up was Jon Baker as the final few minutes of the first half approached a fine running display from the forwards and some excellent quick hands and inch perfect pass from Fitzpatrick put Baker away on the wing to put Rochford further ahead as the halftime whistle blew.

Half Time Rochford 19 – 13 Thurrock

Rochford needed a bit more patience as were trying to force everything in the first half and took on board Coach Stephenson’s words at Half Time and produced a much better 2nd half performance. From the kick off Rochford looked dangerous and it wasn’t long before Ridgeway split the defence and went over for a converted score, Rochford 26 – 13 Thurrock. Thurrock were on the receiving end of 2 yellow cards during this period and Rochford made it count, again with Chipper increasing the lead through another well worked converted try, Rochford 33 – 13.

The next score came from Goodliffe, after an excellent run from Bracknell down the blindside evaded a couple of tackles and drew the full back then to offload superbly to his number 8 in support and crashed over to extend the lead, Rochford 38 – 13.

Thurrock then controlled the next period of play, not to lie down came out fighting with pride and managed to squeeze over in the corner for their second try of the game, Rochford 38 – 18 Thurrock. Rochford rallied and wanted the last word of the game and this came through Jon Baker, out pacing and powering his way to the line and scoring out wide just before the final whistle blew.
Final Score Rochford 43 – 18 Thurrock

That gets the boys from Magnolia Road into the Essex Cup Final to the delight of all the players, coaching staff and good crowd that came to cheer the lads on.

Key moments

4:00
Try Jonathan Fitzpatrick scores for Rochford II
5:00
Conversion Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
26:00
Try Harry Chipper scores for Rochford II
27:00
Conversion Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
38:00
Try Jon Baker scores for Rochford II
43:00
Try Lewis Ridgeway scores for Rochford II
44:00
Conversion Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
47:00
Try Harry Chipper scores for Rochford II
48:00
Conversion Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
65:00
Try Scott Goodliffe scores for Rochford II
78:00
Try Jon Baker scores for Rochford II

Highlights

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79:00 Player of the Match
Jonathan Fitzpatrick is awarded player of the match for Rochford II
78:00 Try 43 - 0
Jon Baker scores for Rochford II
65:00 Try 38 - 0
Scott Goodliffe scores for Rochford II
60:00 Sub Off
Luke Irvine is substituted off for Rochford II
60:00 Sub On
Ryan Stephenson is substituted on for Rochford II
60:00 Sub Off
Harry Chipper is substituted off for Rochford II
60:00 Sub On
Bradley Hughes is substituted on for Rochford II
50:00 Sub Off
Bradley Hughes is substituted off for Rochford II
50:00 Sub Off
Josh Illingworth is substituted off for Rochford II
50:00 Sub On
Stewart Aungier is substituted on for Rochford II
50:00 Sub On
Lee O'Benny is substituted on for Rochford II
50:00 Sub On
Billy Rowe is substituted on for Rochford II
50:00 Sub On
Chris Hill is substituted on for Rochford II
50:00 Sub Off
Nick Dolman is substituted off for Rochford II
50:00 Sub Off
Scott Gledhill is substituted off for Rochford II
48:00 Conversion 33 - 0
Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
47:00 Try 31 - 0
Harry Chipper scores for Rochford II
44:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
43:00 Try 24 - 0
Lewis Ridgeway scores for Rochford II
End of period 1
38:00 Try 19 - 0
Jon Baker scores for Rochford II
27:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
26:00 Try 12 - 0
Harry Chipper scores for Rochford II
10:00 Yellow Card
Nick Dolman is yellow carded for Rochford II
5:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Harry Chipper kicks a conversion for Rochford II
4:00 Try 5 - 0
Jonathan Fitzpatrick scores for Rochford II
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Rochford II
  • Thurrock II
  • 0
  • Jonathan Fitzpatrick Try 4:00'
  • Harry Chipper Conversion 5:00'
  • Nick Dolman Yellow Card 10:00'
  • Harry Chipper Try 26:00'
  • Harry Chipper Conversion 27:00'
  • Jon Baker Try 38:00'
  • Lewis Ridgeway Try 43:00'
  • Harry Chipper Conversion 44:00'
  • Harry Chipper Try 47:00'
  • Harry Chipper Conversion 48:00'
  • Billy Rowe Sub On 50:00'
  • Scott Gledhill Sub Off 50:00'
  • Josh Illingworth Sub Off 50:00'
  • Bradley Hughes Sub Off 50:00'
  • Nick Dolman Sub Off 50:00'
  • Chris Hill Sub On 50:00'
  • Stewart Aungier Sub On 50:00'
  • Lee O'Benny Sub On 50:00'
  • Ryan Stephenson Sub On 60:00'
  • Bradley Hughes Sub On 60:00'
  • Harry Chipper Sub Off 60:00'
  • Luke Irvine Sub Off 60:00'
  • Scott Goodliffe Try 65:00'
  • Jon Baker Try 78:00'
  • Jonathan Fitzpatrick Player of the Match 79:00'

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