H&D 103 - 07 Burnham on Crouch
On Saturday Harwich & Dovercourt RUFC welcomed Burnham on Crouch in their latest Essex 1 league game
This was an entertaining game against a team that showed a lot of spirit and never gave up trying. Though for Harwich it did not start well as they lost influential second row, Kyran Green, in the opening five minutes to a twisted ankle and knee ligament damage. However within a couple of minutes the home side scored a fine try, moving the ball through the backs giving winger Sam Jewell the opportunity to get over the line. Stand off, Sean J. Mills, improved the try with the conversion. This was the first of many for Harwich rugby who dominated this game both through the forwards and backs. There was some great attacking rugby played, but importantly the home team stayed focused, sticking to their structure, bringing rich rewards, giving several players the chance to open or improve their scoring accounts.The opening half hour was dominated by the forwards as they drove the Burnham pack backwards at most of the scrums and stole most lineouts. This gave opportunities for second rower Josh Leeks, prop Harley Hema, scoring two with some fantastic runs bouncing opposition forwards out of the way, and captain George Brunning to score tries. The conversions were a little wayward at times by Sean J. Mills, with a few missed. Centre Elliott Hawken, returning to the first team after a lengthy absence, enjoyed a run over the line which was converted by Mills. The half ended with young wing forward Gareth Sanders-Crook scoring a great solo try, which he converted himself.
Half time score Harwich 47 - Burnham 0
The second half was much the same once young Cameron Cowley, replacing Hawken in the centres, scored another well worked try. Sanders-Crook scored his second of the game, which winger Adam Palmer managed to convert. Centre Lewis Kerley, with some hard running scored the next try. The Burnham backs then engineered a good try of their own getting over near to the posts and converted for the full seven points. Winger Palmer scored two in quite quick succession to stop any signs of a Burnham comeback. Sanders-Crook scored again, making it a hat-trick. Scrum half Ryan Boyne was successful with the conversion. Dynamic Sanders-Crook, still full of running, then made it four for the game, followed by winger Palmer scoring to get his hat trick. The war horse, that is prop Paul Sewell, showed he was able to add pace to his game, outstripping the defence to make it over the line. The final try of the game belonged to Boyne, who had a good game at scrum half in the absence of Tommy Kite. Boyne also converted his try, making the final score Harwich & Dovercourt 103 - Burnham on Crouch 7. After the game coach Jim Hayter, having been presented with the prestigious gold jacket, was quoted as saying, “No, really, I don’t deserve this”.
Next week Harwich & Dovercourt RUFC take a break from the league to play in the National cup competition, the Junior Vase, at home against Royston.