Comendable performance in Hemel loss for depleted Tabard

Tabard's Aled Davies in action against Hemel Hempstead

Tabard's Aled Davies in action against Hemel Hempstead - Credit: Archant

Tabard slipped to a 22-7 loss at home to Hemel Hempstead in London North West Two but still had plenty to be happy about.

It was a commendable performance from a depleted side but the Radlett-based rugby club will feel they deserved more than a solitary try right at the death.

The hosts more than matched the heavier visitors in the second half but it was the opening 17 minutes that did the damage.

Hemel raced into a 14-0 lead and had stretched the lead to 17 by half-time.

But the second half saw Tabard go through the phases far better and were only kept out by desperate defence.

Hemel scored their third try on the hour but Tabard finally got their reward with Hemel pinned in their own 22.

Harry Smith picked up a fine interception and raced through to score under the posts.

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George gough added the conversion as the clock ran down.