Saturday 8th April 2017

Fullerians 13 Hammers 63

Middlesex Vets League Semi 65-13

Ten days after the Hammers Vets returned from Ireland they played in the semi final of the inaugural Middlesex Vets Merit Table on the hallowed turf of the Allianz Stadium, thanks to Ed Clark of Saracens.

Having come a close second in the Southern League to Ealing Vets, HFRFC took to the field against Fullerians winners of the Middlesex Northern League.

Fullerians were a good side, but Hammers quickly worked out how to neutralise the attacks of their impressive No 10 and back line and turned defence into attack, going over the line in the first 10 minutes.

The scrum was awesome and the play at the back of the scrum was truly outstanding. Steve Harrington and Mowbray doing the hard graft, leaving Dilley to keep the opposition on their toes, side stepping and jinking over for a hat trick.

The back line supported by 3 ex first team scrum halves (from different era’s) Clark, Lines and even old JFA showing he could still pass the long ball, kept James Weeks in a controlling position. With his expert marshaling, the backs dominated with the older vets and new blood in the form of Minis Dads, (Mungo, Row and Hagen) keeping the ball in hand and all going over.

The vets showed what they could do when they played as a team and the final score against good opposition was 11 tries to 2!

Tries to: Dilley 3, Merchant Row 2, Adi Furniss, Mr Tickle, Sykes Hagen, Hugo, Ed Clark and the old war horse Mowbray.

The boys are now looking forward to the final against Ealing where they intend to avenge their earlier defeat. When the date is announced please come down and watch, because it is going to be one hell of a match and the vets are hungry for the title!!

All we have to do now is #prayfordilley who badly sprained his ankle with one side step to many.

  • Tries: 11
  • Conversions: 5
  • Penalties: 0
  • Drop Goals: 0
  • Hammers: -
  • Substitutes: -
  • Debut: -
  • Man of the Match: -
  • Tin Man: -