Back at the fortress OH were looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss away to Harpenden only a week ago. OH won what proved to be a crucial coin toss and decided to go with the wind and down the slope in the 1st half.
A good take from kick off allowed for a solid reset and Habs to test Amersham’s back 3 for the first time with a very effective box kick, something that continued throughout the first half. Amersham & Chiltern’s insistence on trying to play out of their own 22 allowed OH to capitalise on some good terrirotiry and force the mistakes. 5 mins gone, lineout 22. With good clean lineout ball taken and a punch up the middle from Harry Briffit OH were rolling. Around the corner they went, with the crucial blow being a sharp pull back to debutant Fergus Pickles who executed the 2 on 1 to allow Adam Dye to score in the corner. Conversion good, 7-0.
It did not take long for Habs to strike again. This time it was skipper Jonny Whittle who dummied from the base, brushing off the opposition 9 and then rounding the 15. An excellent individual try putting Habs 14-0 up within 10 minutes. Amersham began to fight back with some strong runners through the centre of the park but struggled to get the territory due to a superior OH kicking game. Poor discipline allowed for 2 OH penalty attempts in which one was converted. 17-0 OH.
Some good defence ensured Habs would go into the break without conceding a point. Before the break there was enough time for 1 more score. With some controlled possession play Habs were set on the halfway line with a full backline set. Fly half Tom Jackson took the opportunity to dummy and jink through a tired Amersham defence, an excellent run only being let down being a ridiculous goose step that fooled nobody at all. Having been caught by the 15, Jackson freed his arms popping onto the on rushing support. Good retention allowed Habs to recycle and ship it down the line for Hooker Jay Rudland-Thomas to go in at the corner. 22-0 HT.
With the sides switching ends at HT, Amersham now had advantage of a very strong wind. Habs held out for 15-20 minutes of niggly but effective attack. However, a penalty and converted try brought the traveling opposition back into the game at 22-10. It took until 10 mins to go for Habs to land the final striking blow. After a sustained period of defence, Habs found themselves with a turnover and good territory. Following more good phases from the forwards the ball was sprayed to the backs. With a trademark Clark run from the shadows and a delayed pass from Jackson, Habs burst through two flailing arms with Clark finally bundling over the 15 to score the final try of the game and give OH the all important bonus point. 29-10.
Despite the score being beyond the opposition this did not stop them continuing to press and frustrate. A niggly final 10 resulted in 4 yellow cards, with a 3-1 split in favour of Amersham. Despite an excellent scrummaging performance the front row still managed to throw in some huge hits ensuring Amersham did not impact the scoreboard again. Game over.
Habs now travel to Ruislip in their final game of 2019. Despite Ruislip’s recent struggles we know that nothing but our best will be good enough to leave with that all important W.