Uxbridge out of cup after loss to Hayes
Poor first half showing proved costly for Uxbridge in local derby as Hayes Barbarians advance to the semi-finals
On a cold winter’s afternoon, Uxbridge hosted Hayes in the Merit Cup in a local derby for a place in the semi-finals.
The game began in earnest with Uxbridge winning the ball back from their own kick-off and advancing up the pitch. A quickly taken penalty by scrum-half James Thorpe found its way to Tom Rainey to break through the defence and over the line only for a superb last-ditch cover tackle in the try area to dislodge the ball and prevent the grounding. Rainey was denied again a few minutes later as he was deemed to have double moved in grounding the try.
Hayes opened their account shortly after through a combination of punchy forward play and direct running from the backs to score out wide after a 50m run in from the visitor’s winger. Strong running from man-of-the-match Stefan Manners, Rainey, Michael De Jager and Johnny Downes did not give any reward as the Hayes line held firm.
Hayes added four more tries to their tally from a combination of strong ball retention and poor tackling around the rucks from the home side to take a healthy lead into half-time.
After some choice words, Uxbridge came out in the second half to try and claw back the deficit but found the going tough in breaking the Hayes defence.
Injuries took their toll as several players were forced off meaning a reshuffle of players to see the game out. Uxbridges pressure eventually paid off after a series of pick-and-go drives from Niall Mcloughlin and Martin Spiller, Thorpe fed Adam Webster to power his way over the line. Fly-half Brian Cassidy added the extras. Hayes were able to add a couple more scores to their tally to take the final score to 43-7 and progress to the semi-finals.
Next week, both teams have league games at Gatting Way, the First XV take on Haringey Rhino’s and the Second XV have Bank of England Third XV. Both games kick-off at 14:15.