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Tabard overpower Romford and Gidea Park
2:27pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
A powerful performance by the Tabard front five proved the inspiration to spur them on to a fine 25-7 win over Romford and Gidea Park in London League One North.
The game started slowly with neither side playing particularly well but Tabard began to control the ball up front better and were able to spend some time pressurising their opponents’ line. This led to an early yellow card for the Romford number eight which gave Tabard the edge to score their first try.
Following a lineout drive, flanker Cam O’Connor, came round the maul and forced his way over for the opening score. There then followed a number of scrums when the Romford pack was pushed back and the hosts were in control. This upfront ascendancy began to inspire Tabard but the only reward was a penalty, kicked by stand off Jack Reilly, midway through the half.
Although Romford put pressure on the Tabard line, the home side defended tenaciously and the teams turned round with Tabard leading 8-0.
Tabard started the second half on the back foot and for a moment it looked as though Romford were going to break through. But a tremendous break by full-back Elliot Hurrell took Tabard within striking range again and another lineout drive saw number eight, Scott Stoba, touch down for Tabard’s second try.
Tabard were now beginning to play much more fluently than of late and with their confidence high, they scored again.
This time Reilly put in a perfectly weighted kick towards the touchline and wing, Jermaine Ljieh, caught the ball at pace and, with only one man to beat, was able to touch down in the corner for a great try.
With Tabard now running the ball with increasing confidence, the next try came from just inside the Romford half with first prop Bill Lake penetrating the defence and then his twin brother, Wilf passed to O’Connor in support who went over for his second and Tabard’s bonus-point try. Reilly added the conversion.
The final quarter of the game settled down to some good rugby from both sides and a try from the Romford full-back, which he converted, brought a glimmer of hope to the Romford supporters.
But Tabard were not in the mood to concede any more scores and the game ended with Tabard the victors.
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