Penalties deny Tabard the opportunity to go top

PUBLISHED: 09:57 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

London League Three North West Twickenham 16 Tabard 12 THERE was a disappointing start to the second half of the season for Tabard as they lost 16-12 to a determined Twickenham side. Tabard never really played the cohesive rugby that has become their trad

London League Three North West

Twickenham 16 Tabard 12

THERE was a disappointing start to the second half of the season for Tabard as they lost 16-12 to a determined Twickenham side.

Tabard never really played the cohesive rugby that has become their trademark this season but even so, in the second half they put together some good rugby in an attempt to swing the game in their favour. Unfortunately though, the decisive score was lacking.

The game started rather slowly and it was Twickenham who showed the early aggression and tenacity. The Tabard defence held firm under the early onslaught and they were able to put some pressure on Twickenham. As a result of this, close to their opponents line, Tabard charged down a hurried clearance kick and Tabard's second row, Cam O'Connor, won the race to touchdown for the try which stand off Jack Reilly converted to give Tabard an early 7-0 lead.

The game then settled down and became fairly even with the Tabard defence proving as sound as ever. Twickenham got their first points through a drop goal from their stand off Astbury and the sides went into the break with Tabard leading 7-3.

After the break an early infringement from Tabard saw Astbury narrow the gap with a penalty and then the hosts went ahead with a try as a result of pressure on the Tabard line, the Twickenham centre scoring and Astbury converting.

Tabard started to get their act together and play some constructive rugby which nearly brought some scores, notably when centre Michael Thomas almost broke through. However it was flanker Paul Settle who finally went over the line after what must have been a rugby first.

Twickenham cleared the ball from behind their own line and the ball bounced off the corner flag back into play where Settle caught it and powered over for the score. Prior to this season the ball would have been in touch but under the new Experimental Law Variations (ELVs) the corner flag is deemed to be in play.

With the conversion drifting wide, Tabard threw everything into the attack but could not cross the line, although winger Jamie Brady came really close.

With Tabard putting everything they had into attack mistakes were bound to come and an infringement in the Tabard half gave Astbury another penalty. This only encouraged Tabard to attack harder but it was to no avail as Twickenham held on for the win.

This week Tabard are at home to UCS Old Boys, kick off 2.15pm at their Cobden Hill, Radlett ground.

Tabard: Roberts, Beadle (Austerberry 63m), Thomas, Cooper, Brady, Reilly, Murphy, Baker, Ray, Gough, Montague, O'Connor, Calnan (Settle 40m), Hall, Davies.


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