IGNATIANS MAKE A POINT OF RESCUING SOMETHING FROM THE WRECKAGE AS HAC HAVE A FIELD DAY
ENFIELD IGNATIANS: 26 - HAC: 73 Jon Landi Reports
ENFIELD IGNATIANS struggled with the pace of the game in the first-half for the third consecutive week, and this combined to a porous defence, explains why the blue and golds were on the receiving end of a 73-26 hiding inflicted by the city slickers of HAC in London Two North-West.
Amid the gloom, the blue and golds will console themselves that they at least rescued a losing bonus point from the game by virtue of scoring four tries - two in each-half - as they at least delivered a much improved second-half performance. However, there's no escaping that the first-half was a car crash. Spillage and missed tackles helped HAC race into 19-0 lead inside 16 minutes, before Ignatians finally raised their head above the parapet after a quick tap and go from Dan McDermott played-in Man of the Match Keir Bonnar (pictured).
Resuming their fast, high tempo game, promotion aspiring HAC continued to ask serious questions of the Ignatians' defence and their enterprise and accuracy was rewarded as they hit the blue and golds for a further five tries before the interval.Playing in fits and starts, Ignatians did, however, have the last laugh of the first-half with Bonnar using his strength to barrel through the HAC defence for a try converted by Jake Bates, as the blue and golds gave themselves a mountain to climb after trailing 54-12 at the break.
A shell-shocked Ignatians re-discovered the 'dog' within themselves in the second-half and, by now forced into another damage limitation exercise, set themselves the target of scoring a further two tries.Going for broke, and with nothing to lose, Ignatians pinned their ears back and went for it and, following a period of concerted forward pressure, the blue and golds continued to probe the HAC line before Luke Stack successfully forced his way over. The bonus point try was finally achieved when alert scrum-half Dan McDermott ran a quick tap penalty in the middle of the park, and the enterprise paid off as he left the cover for dead.
Kieran Holmes-Darby, who impressed with his distribution, converted both second-half tries, before HAC got on the front foot again and ran-in three tries, one of them gifted by Ignatians, as they shaded a much tighter second-half.
Captain Jake Bates said: "For the third consecutive week, we have been caught napping in the first-half and we're something of dormant giants, who showed what they are capable of in the second-half. However, it was too little too late."
It doesn't get any easier for Ignatians who travel to high-flying Harpenden on Saturday.