Jack Reilly helps kick Tabard to victory over Harrow
PUBLISHED: 06:35 20 December 2016
Danny Loo Photography 2016
Jack Reilly kicked five penalties and Jonny Aguila a try as Tabard grabbed a narrow 20-17 home win over Harrow.
The result lifts the Radlett-based rugby club above their visitors into eighth place although it remains tight at the bottom of London North West Two with just eight points separating seven sides.
Tabard were good value for their hard fought victory but they were made to work hard for it.
Reilly missed with a penalty early on after a high tackle on Aguila but had better luck moments later.
An bad injury to Teddy Gough threatened to derail the Tabard train but it was they who got the next score on 10 minutes, Aguila connecting with a long Tom King pass to score in the corner.
At this point the hosts looked set for a good win but a loose tap from a line-out handed Harrow a soft converted try.
Two further penalties from Tabard though, to just the one for the north London side moved the score on to 14-10 at half-time.
Tabard had the best of the play in the second half too as Harrow racked up the penalty count.
Yet despite the fine field position, Tabard couldn’t get across the line and they were made to pay for it thanks to a well-worked try, again converted.
With the game suddenly slipping away from Tabard, they were given a lifeline as Harrow picked up a yellow card for one infringement too many.
Reilly took full advantage with a kick from 45m to level the scores with 15 minutes remaining.
And he was also bang on the money shortly after from another penalty, this time for not releasing.
This kick was from 30m out but the result was same, the ball sailing through the middle of the uprights to give Tabard the win.
Their next fixture sees them head to high-flying Hampstead on January 7.