Harpenden given runaround by big guns from Honourable Artillery Company

Fred Gulliford grabbed a late consolation against HAC. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Fred Gulliford grabbed a late consolation against HAC. Picture: KEVIN LINES - Credit: Archant

Harpenden have been left just above the relegation places in London North West Two after a 50-10 drubbing away to Honourable Artillery Company.

Not for the first time this season, the country boys from Harpenden came up against a physically and technically better London side.

There was no indication of the final result early on as Harpenden got off to a good start, playing attacking rugby with all the skill they could muster.

In fact it was they who scored the first try after 15 minutes when a good kick to touch from a penalty allowed them to win their throw in and from the driving line-out, Sean McLoughlin went over to score.

Harpenden continued in this vein until the 26th minute when HAC kicked a penalty.

Two minutes later HAC scored the first of their tries due in no small part to poor Harpenden tackling.

But at 10-5 down at half-time, Harpenden were still in the game.

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However, HAC started to show their superiority after the break with their faster backs running in at speed.

Mistakes started to happen and the hosts began their run of six second-half tries.

It was not until the 72nd minute that Harpenden got across the try-line again, Fred Gulliford making a clean break from a maul.

The fact that the conversion was missed from in front of the posts just about summed up Harpenden’s disappointing day.

A better performance is now required when London Nigerian come to Redbourn Lane for the next home game on Saturday.