Match Report: London Nigerian 25 – 47 H.A.C.

London Nigerian suffered a sobering loss at home against H.A.C.

After a morale boosting victory against Welwyn, LNRFC welcomed old rivals H.A.C. to Heston. Unfortunately the game did not start well as the visitors found space wide to score the first try. They then followed that up with a penalty.

When Nigerian had the ball they completed their phases well. The Playas first try came as first Moorby broke the line to get in behind H.A.C., the ball was then recycled as backs and forwards both made yards. Eventually Freddie Chalked took the ball on the loop around to score in the corner. 8-5. Mistakes meant that Nigerian could not turn the game around as H.A.C. scored two quick tries. 18-5.

In the final 15 mins of the half the London Nigerian forwards began to over power the visitors’ pack. The rolling maul was gaining huge ground and led to a sin bin for a H.A.C. 2nd row. From the penalty the decision was made to kick. The effort hit the post to be gathered by Jack Flanagan, 5 yards out and he could not be stopped from crashing over. 18-10. LNRFC completed the half on top and finished by scoring a penalty after H.A.C. were reduced to 13 men. HT score 18-13.

The halftime discussion was about maintaining the intensity from the end of the first half. However the half started poorly as the 13 men of H.A.C. moved the ball quickly to find territory from which they won and scored a penalty, 21-13. When they returned to a full 15 the visitors began to threaten, their outside backs making the most of poor defensive organisation from LNRFC. They scored two successive tries to compound the home sides poor start to the half. 35-13. LNRFC did rally as they used the wind to kick deep from a penalty. The lineout was won cleanly and Joe Mac continued his scoring form to touch down from the back of the rolling maul. 35-20.

The defensive cohesion just wasn’t there for London Nigerian, tackles were missed and H.A.C. scored two more tries, converting one. A small positive for the Playas came when a scrum in the opposition 22 was rumbled blind by Sean Baker who fed Olly Cox. Cox showed his skills to offload out of the back of his hand to Zac Boffey, who scored in the corner for the bonus point try and a small consulation. Final Score 47-25

A disappointing result for London Nigerian and showed the work that needs to be done. There is no game this coming weekend, LNRFC next play away at Tabard on November 19th.