Nightmare start for Walsall Seals their fate.
Hereford 47 - Walsall 18
This was a match that was decided in the opening quarter, as Walsall conceded twenty points in as many minutes. Illness had deprived them of some players, and traffic delays resulted in scrum half James Bishop arriving twenty minutes after the kick off. During this period, replacement Andy Hawkins tried to cope with the demands of this specialist position. But he and his team mates found it difficult to cope with the powerful and frantic pace that characterised Herefordâ€™s style of play. The hosts scored four tries during this period and had effectively done enough to win the game. But they were always hungry for further scores to boost their points tally for the season, as it seems that the league play off spot could well be decided on pointâ€™s difference. Walsall, to their credit fought back well, and once Bishop arrived on the field it became a real contest.
Matt Wood put over a penalty and some good work by the Walsall three quarters created space for winger Adam Coniff to use his speed to score a fine try. Hereford scored another try just before the interval to make it 35 â€“ 12.
The second half saw Walsall become far more competitive with No 8 Rod Dickson and flanker Steve Halbert making outstanding contributions. They were struggling in the set scrum, but the lineouts were working well and the backs were always hungry for the ball.
Hereford, however, continued to press and gained two more scores before a typical Andy Turner run secured a late score for the visitors.