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First XV - Match centre

l hammill
S Bram
Sat 30 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Herts/Middlesex 1 Full time

A Painful Defeat

Watford put in their worst performance of the season in a thumping loss at Wasps.

Thankfully there’s no video evidence of this one, even Mike Lee would struggle to put a positive spin on that performance. Without going into the minutiae of the match, the bottom line is we weren’t good enough.

Things didn’t get off to a great start. Watford were missing an entire front row with Gary, Beesy and Roelfy all unavailable and then lost Georgio to a broken hand within the first ten minutes. Wasps were superior in most facets of the game, particularly up front where they dominated at the scrum and rolling maul. A series of penalties in Watford’s red zone eventually saw Pete Nelson take one for the team and get sent to the bin. Wasps were scoring freely, playing an effective game plan which revolved around their big strike runners crashing hard around the fringes. We are a team which prides itself on physicality and to be quite honest we were nowhere near physical or aggressive enough – something the home team were.

The few positives were around individual performances. Man of the Match Simon Bram was exemplary in defence, putting in some massive hits and never let his head drop. Likewise Tom Gordon showed up well on the wing with some great tackles – one in particular on the Wasps prop epitomised his commitment and never say die attitude. Adam ‘Radish’ Hancock made his first appearance of the season from the bench and put in a typically committed performance.

The other positive… the pitch. Like playing on a bowling green, really lovely.

As mentioned, there isn’t much point going into the details of the game and to be quite honest a fair few brain cells were wiped out in the ensuing drink up. Credit to Wasps who executed their game plan to perfection, there is no doubt the best team won.

Things won’t get any easier in a tough league, however previous performances have shown that as a club we are more than capable of competing at this level. The weekends game will only be a waste if, as a group, we fail to learn lessons from it. Training takes on even greater importance with two tough home games coming up on Saturday – those who want to improve our club will be there at both sessions I’m sure.

Finally, on behalf of all the players – a big thank you to the many WRFC fans who made the effort to come and support us on the day. Despite the way things were panning out your constant support and encouragement was a huge lift on a difficult day. Hopefully we can repay you with a better showing this weekend.

Two difficult games coming up – 1st XV home to unbeaten table toppers Bank of England, 2nd XV home against Black Horse. Both games K.O 3 pm.

MOTM – Simon Bram. Led the way with some crunching hits in midfield and never let his head drop.

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Simon Bram

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Try luke hammill scores for Watford
Conversion Simon Bram kicks a conversion for Watford


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80:00 Player of the Match
Simon Bram is awarded player of the match for Watford
71:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Simon Bram kicks a conversion for Watford
70:00 Try 0 - 5
luke hammill scores for Watford
60:00 Sub Off
Richard Yates is substituted off for Watford
60:00 Sub On
Sean Silver is substituted on for Watford
End of period 1
15:00 Sub Off
Georgio Pitsialis is substituted off for Watford
15:00 Sub On
Adam Hancock is substituted on for Watford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Wasps
  • Watford
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  • Georgio Pitsialis Sub Off 15:00'
  • Adam Hancock Sub On 15:00'
  • Richard Yates Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sean Silver Sub On 60:00'
  • luke hammill Try 70:00'
  • Simon Bram Conversion 71:00'

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League round up

Other Herts/Middlesex 1 results

Old Actonians
U.C.S. Old Boys


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Barnet Elizabethans 22 56
7. Old Actonians 22 55
8. Wasps 22 49
9. Hendon 22 42
10. U.C.S. Old Boys 22 42
11. Watford 22 29
12. London French 22 13

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