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1st XV 12 v 48 Old Merchant Taylors RFC - Away League on 25 Mar 2017

Published on Monday, 27 March 2017


OMT’s continued their recent run off good form & results, in overcoming visitors Hitchin with a convincing second half display


The Hitchin pack played well, but without gaining dominance, and  the OMT's backs ,and Fijian centre in particular, proved hard to handle. The visitors’ discipline at times left much to be   desired



Just eight minutes into the game Hitchin conceded a converted try, scored by the OMT’s ten.


After a quarter of an hour Elliott Gibson was held up over the line, and from the resulting scrum the ball came to Matt Houlden but he too was held up. OMTs were penalised for offside and Hitchin opted to take the scrum, resulting in a push over the line for flanker Carwyn Morgan to touch down.  The conversion was missed.


OMTs struck right back with an unconverted try, and just before the break their winger made a strong run down the touchline before cutting back inside to make the conversion easier.


Half time score 19 – 5


A penalty after 8 minutes was taken quickly ending with an unconverted try for the home side , and two minutes later Hitchin gifted an interception for another.


The Hitchin defence couldn’t cope with the speed of the

OMTs backs and eight minutes later conceded another converted try.


Hitchin forced play to within five metres of the OMTs line but
even with the  OMTs scrum going back at a rate of knots they were able to get the ball out and feed their speedy centre, who combined with his winger to run the length of the field to score under the posts.  Shortly after, they added to their tally with another unconverted try.


However, Hitchin had not given up and had the last word with a break up the middle, supported by lock  Nick Panton who scored under the post with the extra points  being added by Vinnie Kevans



The result leaves Hitchin in seventh place in a crowded mid table


Grasshoppers RFC visit Old Hale Way on 1st April

Team Sean McGinnity, Joshua Page, Barry Mellor, Philip Hobbs, Nick Panton, Samuel Underwood, Ryan Arbon, Anthony Williams, Rhys Gregory, Adam Shaw, Richard Sinclair, Vincent Kevans, Carwyn Morgan, Antoine Oget, Harry Cartwright

Subs Elliot Gibson, Matthew Houlden, Matt Lippard

Scores T: Nick Panton (1), Carwyn Morgan (1) C: Vincent Kevans (1)

London North West 3 The league: London North West 3



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