Yellow cards leave Tabard in a hole against London Nigerian

Harry Gough was on the scoresheet for Tabard. Picture: DANNY LOO

Harry Gough was on the scoresheet for Tabard. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

Two yellow cards in the first half left Tabard facing an uphill struggle at London Nigerian – one they ultimately couldn’t surmount as they lost 48-12.

Playing a man short for half of the first period, Tabard turned round trailing 31-0 on the all-weather pitch in Hounslow.

The surface meant a fast-paced game, one which suited the hosts much better than Tabard, and they duly took advantage scoring five tries.

But Tabard, starting with a new front five, grew into the game and got the second half off to a good start with Mark Salteras’ tenacity allowing Jonny Aguila to score in the corner. Jack Reilly added the conversion.

A try-saving tackle by Harry Gough gave Nigerian a scrum, which soon became seven points with a penalty try, and they scored another from the restart.

But Tabard finished positively and after forcing penalty after penalty with Reilly to the fore, Gough went over in the corner.