Solid start for Tabard as they stroll to opening day win over Hitchin

PUBLISHED: 07:33 16 September 2019 | UPDATED: 10:03 16 September 2019

Tabard V Hitchin - Joshua Bawden in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard V Hitchin - Joshua Bawden in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Tabard bagged three tries as they began the new London North West Three season with a convincing 23-5 home win over newly-promoted Hitchin.

Tabard V Hitchin - Joshua Bawden in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Joshua Bawden in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Captain Jack Reilly, Tom King and hooker Leo Weinstein on his debut got the scores while the skipper also landed eight points with the boot.

Tabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And while there will be areas that need work as well as the disappointment of missing out on a fourth try and subsequent bonus point, those are just minor points in the grand scheme of things and a win straight off the bat will be a huge confidence boost for the Radlett-based rugby club.

Tabard V Hitchin - Ruiri Shanahan in action for HItchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Ruiri Shanahan in action for HItchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard were unfortunate not to get points on the board from their very first attack but an offside denied them the five points.

Tabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hitchin cleared to touch but Tabard secured the ball and forced the visitors to concede a penalty in front of the posts, meat and drink for Reilly.

Tabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hitchin had a much heavier pack and were able to disrupt the home sides scrum, winning a penalty in doing so, but were unable to secure their own ball at the line-out.

Tabard V Hitchin - Marcus Bunning in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Marcus Bunning in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And after Aaron Priscott and Cam O'Connor were stopped just short, Reilly picked up and drove over for the first try on 18 minutes.

Tabard V Hitchin - Marcus Bunning in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Marcus Bunning in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hitchin attacked from the restart but an interception by O'Connor prevented a score and instead Priscott came away with the ball.

Tabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

A nasty injury picked up in the tackle ended the game early and forced Tabard into a restructure, scrum-half Kenny moving to number eight and Harry Gough coming on.

Tabard V Hitchin - William Evans in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - William Evans in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hitchin were hanging on as the home side built the pressure and conceding several penalties before Tabard were able to find Tom King in space on the wing.

Tabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

He stepped his man and went in at the corner, Reilly's conversion moving the score to 15-0.

Tabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Cameron O'Connor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

King almost added the third but when he was hauled down just short, hooker Weinstein was on hand to burrow over just before half time.

Tabard V Hitchin - Ryan Arbon in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Ryan Arbon in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard added to their tally immediately after the restart when Hitchin came in from the side at a ruck in front of the posts.

Tabard V Hitchin - Liam Kenny in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Liam Kenny in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Reilly easily landed the kick but they couldn't get another and great spirit throughout from Hitchin was finally rewarded with an unconverted try of their own.

Tabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Oliver Chaytor in action for Tabard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard will look to build on this when they go to Royston on Saturday.

Tabard V Hitchin - Ryan Arbon in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Ryan Arbon in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard V Hitchin - Ryan Arbon in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Ryan Arbon in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard V Hitchin .


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Tabard V Hitchin - Ryan Arbon in action for Hitchin.


Picture: Karyn HaddonTabard V Hitchin - Ryan Arbon in action for Hitchin. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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