Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting WO to 80360, or email us
Tabard beat Old Haberdashers 24-22 in London One North
5:35pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
Tabard edged to a 24-22 home win over Old Haberdashers as they clinched their first victory of the season in London One North.
Both sides started tentatively but it was Tabard who slipped into playing mode the quickest and put their first points on the board with a penalty, kicked by stand off Jack Reilly, after just nine minutes.
Tabard continued to be on top and after a period of pressure on the Haberdashers line, second row Jo Jacobs forced himself over for their first try, which Reilly converted. Although Haberdashers fought back with a penalty from stand off Walker, Tabard remained in the ascendancy and were rewarded with another try.
This time, from quickly recycled ball, centre Gerry Arasa made a searing break through the defence and passed to wing Dan Ashcroft for the try which Reilly converted.
Haberdashers began to find some form and in the 11th minute of first half injury time, they eventually crossed the line for a try by full-back Olima, which Walker converted.
Right from the kick off to the second half, Tabard were too relaxed and Haberdashers were able to break up field with ease and only a last ditch tackle, by Tabard scrum-half Harry Gough, saved the day. However, this served to spur on Haberdashers and they began to move the ball and put pressure on the home defence.
This pressure eventually paid off with Haberdashers wing Jones going over in the corner, to bring them to within two points of Tabard.
Fortunately Tabard put their game together again and from a scrum in the opponents’ 22, the ball was passed quickly out and Arasa jinked through the covering defence for the score which Reilly converted.
The visitors scored next with just ten minutes remaining.
A break down the flank by wing Wright brought a good try which Walker converted and the teams were separated again by just two points. This brought a resurgence by Haberdashers, who soundly tested the Tabard defence but the hosts held on for the victory.
Tabard travel to Ruislip this weekend in their next game.
Comments are closed on this article.