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2nd XV - Match centre

Cheshunt 2nd
Enfield Ignatians 2nd
Sat 1 Apr 15:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 2 Full time

TWOS LOSE FINAL LEAGUE GAME AS IMPORTANT REMATCH LOOMS ON THE HORIZON

Writes Jon Landi

The final league showdown between the pair ended in a home victory for Cheshunt. However, this isn't the end of the story by any means as the teams will square up to each other again in the plate cup competition semi-final on Saturday {April 8}.

The last time these two foes, Ignatians came off worse hindered by a lethargic start. This time they had absorbed the lessons of that setback by proving much sharper in the first period. Not that they had much choice as they needed to make the most of the slope.

Ignatians certainly had their moments. However, the execution and precision needed was lacking and, although the visitors got in some good positions, they failed to capitalise by making mistakes at
critical times.

Instead, it was Cheshunt which struck the first two blows as they landed two first-half tries to go 10-0. The second score for the green and white hoops was landed despite a fumble at the back of the scrum, but the ball bobbled into the path of their speedy winger who set off at the rate of knots and ran the length of the pitch and scored.

Ignatians did eventually open their account and, after winning a penalty close to the Cheshunt line,
James Rawlinson tapped and went. It paid handsome dividends as the player forced his way over from five-metres

Cheshunt's number eight extended the home side's lead to 15-5 before the blue and gold's Cornish powerhouse, Stuart Blemings, also left an indelible mark on proceedings by replying in kind as the visitors pulled back to within a single score.

It was all a question of who would finish the stronger. Again, Cheshunt came up with the right answers as, following a period of pressure, they made the final telling statement via a try scored five minutes from time.

Despite an injury to Ray Hayes, Ignatians will reflect on a number of positives on an afternoon in which they welcomed the recall to arms of Jamie Newport after the player's two year absence from the game. Jake Baker was given the Man of the Match accolade and Dai Fulcher acquitted himself well at centre.

However, there is unfinished business to attend to in all important cup clash which could enabled the blue and golds to get something out of their season.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. H. Hempstead 2nd 16 60
2. Finchley 2nd 16 60
3. Cheshunt 2nd 13 51
4. Enfield Ignatians 2nd 11 46
5. Datchworth 2nd 12 40
6. Hackney 2nd 6 29
7. Welwyn 2nd 7 29

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