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1st XV 22 v 43 Finchley RFC - Home League on 14 Apr 2018

Published on Monday, 16 April 2018


Finchley visited Old Hale Way for the Hedgehogs’ last league fixture of the season

After just five minutes, the visitors opened the scoring with their winger going around the outside to score a converted try.

They continued to have most of the possession and territory, and followed up with a further score, as a dummy by the their  no 10 from a scrum in the Hitchin 22 allowed him to go over for another converted try


At the end of the first quarter, Hitchin were awarded a penalty which they kicked for a lineout 8 m out from the Finchley line . They worked the ball over the line but were adjudged to be held up, but  from the resultant 5m scrum Hitchin scored,  skipper James Bolter breaking away  to cross the line for an unconverted try. 

 Finchley struck back immediately with an unconverted try of their own to restore their  14 point lead

Following good tight forward play Hitchin took play up to Finchley’s 5 m line, and a quickly taken penalty saw them cross the line, but again were held up.  However, they kept up the pressure for Adam Baird to touch down for 5 points

On the stroke of half time Finchley scored another unconverted try to make the half time score- Hitchin 10 Finchley 24


Shortly after the restart Hitchin lost the ball in their 22 and poor tackling allowed Finchley to increase their lead with a converted try.

A loose kick by Hitchin was run out of defence by Finchley and the move was finished off b their number 8 scoring under the posts for a converted try.

A penalty to Hitchin on the Finchley 22 was kicked for a lineout 10m out , and following excellent work by the forwards Carwyn Morgan took a short range pass to score under the posts which was converted by Ben Wiggins.

Hitchin further increased their score when a rolling maul from a lineout crossed for hooker Tom Tidey to score an unconverted bonus  try.


In the dying minutes Finchley had the last word when a Hitchin kick over the top of the backs failed to be regathered , and was picked up by Finchley who ran in for an unconverted try.


The game reflected the season’s performance, with periods of excellent rugby, but with still too much inconsistency.


Hitchin play at Datchwoth on 21 April in the semi final of the Herts President’s Tankard competition

Team Sean McGinnity, Thomas Tidey, James Akrill, Samuel Underwood, Nick Panton, Harry Elleston, Adam Baird, James Bolter, Rhys Gregory, Ben Wiggins, Charles Wood-Jones, Carwyn Morgan, Tom Harries, William Evans, Harry Cartwright

Subs Alex Wainwright, Lewis Pettinger, Adam Shaw

Scores T: Thomas Tidey (1), Adam Baird (1), James Bolter (1), Carwyn Morgan (1) C: Ben Wiggins (1)

Player(s) of Match 1. Ben WigginsLondon North West 3 The league: London North West 3



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