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1st XV - Match centre

Hereford
Walsall
Sat 28 Mar 15:00 - Midland Division - Midlands 2 West Full time

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 Hereford’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 point’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 – 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.

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Stratford Upon Avon 22 21
7. Stoke on Trent 22 21
8. Walsall 22 16
9. Solihull 22 14
10. Whitchurch 22 14
11. Cheltenham North 22 11
12. Camp Hill 22 11

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