Tabard edged by Old Haberdashers in final game

Tabard had a disappointing end to their season on Saturday, losing 22-19 at Old Haberdashers.

The visitors looked on top for the majority of the game but they faded in the latter stages and let their opponents back sneak the victory.

Tabard had the edge in the first half but Haberdashers opened the scoring with an early penalty kicked by stand-off Butterwick. They maintained the pressure, though, and equalled the scores with a penalty of their own by centre Jack Reilly.

With the break approaching Reilly kicked a further penalty and then, deep into injury time Tabard scored a try. Following a period of pressure the ball was passed quickly out and wing Shane Austin was over in the corner. Reilly added the long conversion and Tabard turned round leading 13-3.

Tabard started the second half as they finished the first and went further ahead with another Reilly penalty.

The teams then both played good rugby but it was in the final 10 minutes that a hard season caught up with Tabard and they let Haberdashers through their normally sound defence for a try, scored by prop Sanderson.

Reilly extended Tabard’s lead with another penalty but in the dying minutes Haberdashers’ scrum-half breeched the defence twice for two tries, one of which was converted, to give Haberdashers the win by just three points.

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This was Tabard’s last game of the season and they will have the summer to re-group and hopefully have a good season next year.

Team: Elliott Hurrell, Shane Austin, Joe Calnan, Jack Reilly, Jermaine Ijieh, Gerald Arasa, Harry Gough, Bill Lake, Jamie Hancock, Wilf Lake, Jo Jacobs, Cam O’Connor, Dan Calnan, Scott Stoba and Aaron Pristcott. Replacements: Scott Clewlow, Nick Westaway and Liam Kenny.