Top of the Table Clash Lives up to the Billing.
The tables have turned in this league now Blackheath flew the nest into the league above. Hammersmith are now league dominators but not unbeatable! This Clash whether playing in or watch enhanced that view by the bucket load.
Hammersmith started on the defensive, pinning Saints between their 22m and 10m lines. A few scrums, lineouts, ferocious tackling and slick hands finally found space out wide for McKenna to do what she does best….. leaving the home side behind her, as she scored the opening try for Saints converted by Robertson 7 – 0 Saints.
The home side came straight back at Saints with some strong carries and a tight set piece, gaining a penalty for their efforts, a simple lineout taken just inside the Saints 22 led to a driving maul, penalty advantage and penalty try , 7 -7.
Saints responded but unsuccessfully finding no way through the defensive line, as both teams toughed it out before the interval. Half time 7 – 7
Second half started in the same way, both teams looking to gain any advantage or find a chink in each other’s armour!
After several passages of play from both sides Saints moved the ball wide and McKenna struck again, extras missed 12 – 7 Saints.
Hammersmith were never going to lay down as they progressed up the pitch in to the Saints 22m after some scrambling defence the home side found a gap crashing over, conversion missed 12 – 12
In a game where neither side would have been disappointed with a draw, Saints again attacked at pace, with King finding a hole in the defence to race through, extras missed 17 – 12 Saints.
By now the home side were fired up, having not lost a league match at home all season. This record was now under threat with 5-6 minutes left to play , Hammers threw everything at Saints. Tackle after tackle went in eventually holding up the would be try scorer over the line and the final whistle blew to end a 50+ minute half.
Head Coach Brown said, “The performance was one of true grit, passion and skill, played by two squads very close in ability. We needed to win, so our objective was met. The coaching team and I could not be any more proud of the commitment and desire every squad member showed”.
OA Saints Club Captain
|Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Hurlingham Park, London, United Kingdom|