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2nd XV - Match centre

Datchworth 2nd
Finchley 2nd
W Gymer, J Ebohodaghe, J Richardson (2), G Emms, D McGuire
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J Richardson (2)
Sat 30 Sep TBC - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Merit Table 2

Datch 2nd XV v Finchley 30th Sept 2017

Datchworth triumph after a back and forth match.

No-one could ever accuse this match of being boring. A swallow dive try that never was, a nigh on decapitation of Joe Richardson, Jake Ebohodaghe being body checked over the dead-ball line and mazey runs aplenty from both sides. This Match also saw the return of Pumbaa, all be it running touch rather than with ball in hand.

10-0 up after 10 minutes and Datchworth looked comfortable in this game, Finchley's heads had dropped. After an inspiring speech from their ex-captain, Finchley were re-invigorated, running fast and hard with ball in hand. top tackles from Joe Richardson and Matthieu Light prevented some of Finchley's best chances and the ball stealing exploits of Gymer were invaluable in getting possession back with Datchworth.

After Finchley pulled back to 12-10 it turned into a dingdong match with more back and forths than a tennis game. The sides exchanging points and the lead throughout the second half, before Datchworths defence proved to be the better seeing out the match 34-29.

An honourable mention has to go out to the day's captain, Kris Jones (Taff), whose offloading would not have looked out of place for the All-Blacks. Unfortunately, due to a lack of Kiwis on the pitch, his no-look passes instead were going to thin air! A leading candidate for D of the day had it not been for Jake's decision that a try in the corner would not be good enough and rather than grounding the ball he was checked over the dead-ball line by Finchley's 17-year-old fullback.

Considering the number of players stepping up to the plate after drop-outs midweek, this was a great performance with a thoroughly deserved result.

Key moments

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Try Will Gymer scores for Datchworth 2nd
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Try Jake Ebohodaghe scores for Datchworth 2nd
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Try Joe Richardson scores for Datchworth 2nd
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Try Joe Richardson scores for Datchworth 2nd
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Try Greg Emms scores for Datchworth 2nd
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Try Dan McGuire scores for Datchworth 2nd
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Conversion Joe Richardson kicks a conversion for Datchworth 2nd
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Conversion Joe Richardson kicks a conversion for Datchworth 2nd

Highlights

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0:00 Try 5 - 0
Will Gymer scores for Datchworth 2nd
0:00 Try 10 - 0
Jake Ebohodaghe scores for Datchworth 2nd
0:00 Try 15 - 0
Joe Richardson scores for Datchworth 2nd
0:00 Try 20 - 0
Joe Richardson scores for Datchworth 2nd
0:00 Try 25 - 0
Greg Emms scores for Datchworth 2nd
0:00 Try 30 - 0
Dan McGuire scores for Datchworth 2nd
0:00 Conversion 32 - 0
Joe Richardson kicks a conversion for Datchworth 2nd
0:00 Conversion 34 - 0
Joe Richardson kicks a conversion for Datchworth 2nd
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As it happened

  • Datchworth 2nd
  • Finchley 2nd
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  • Will Gymer Try 0:00'
  • Jake Ebohodaghe Try 0:00'
  • Joe Richardson Try 0:00'
  • Joe Richardson Try 0:00'
  • Greg Emms Try 0:00'
  • Dan McGuire Try 0:00'
  • Joe Richardson Conversion 0:00'
  • Joe Richardson Conversion 0:00'

Team selection

Bugg, Colin Bugg, Colin
Stainsby, Paul Stainsby, Paul
Davies, Sam Davies, Sam
Blackwell, Matt Blackwell, Matt
hankin, James hankin, James
Mills, Alex Mills, Alex
Light, Matthieu Light, Matthieu
Jones, Kris Jones, Kris
Ebohodaghe, Jake Ebohodaghe, Jake
McGuire, Dan McGuire, Dan
Barry, Mark Barry, Mark
Emms, Greg Emms, Greg
Gymer, Will Gymer, Will
Leggetter, Jack Leggetter, Jack

League round up

Other Hertfordshire & Middlesex Merit Table 2 results

Hitchin 2nd
Ampthill 4th
24
19
Weston

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Finchley 2nd 4 14
2. Saracens Ams 2nd 3 13
3. Epping U. C. 2nd 3 13
4. Datchworth 2nd 2 10
5. B. Stortford 4th 2 8
6. Weston 2 6
7. Hitchin 2nd 2 6

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