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1st XV - Match centre

Black Horse
Enfield Ign. 3rd
T Grover, A Lee, D Astarita, R Hope
A Lee
Sat 12 Sep 14:30 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 5 Full time Attendance 32

Black Horse vs Enfield Ignations


The Horse tamed by Ignations in opener.

Having spent the early part of the summer reflecting on a good 2014/15 in Merit Table 6 and the latter part of the summer training for a jump to Merit Table 5, The Horse were given an eye opener as to the standard of Table 5.

In the early parts of the game, The Horse started tentatively, trying to put into action things learnt in training as well as integrate new members into the side. Enfield Ignations however turned up to Hoe Lane ready for action and started the game at pace.

Following an unclaimed kick off, Enfield seemed to jump on the hesitant nature shown by The Horse and immediately piled the pressure on. Although The Horse rallied, Enfield managed to claim early points. The Horse players knew that they would be in for a tough afternoon if they didn't respond and after some good work by scrum half Richard Hope, a penalty was earned 10m out from Enfield's line. Some quick thinking by Hope released skipper Adrian Lee with a quick tap and precision pass and with Lee timing his run to perfection and hitting full pace before taking contact, there was little chance of any Enfield defender stopping the inevitable try!

Although the conversion was missed, The Horse seemed to be showing they were up for the fight and although Enfield continued to fashion chances and collect points, The Horse were not giving up. This was shown especially by a break from The Horse back line, that had been reshuffled due to Ben Brown going off injured, some superb hold up play from Danny Mig and then individual brilliance by second row Tom Grover to somehow evade every available Enfield player to trot in under the posts from outside the 22m.

The second half saw the introduction of Paul Bailey at prop and this seemed to rejuvenate the pack, with The Horse starting to dominate the set piece, however Enfield continued to dominate the back line and the score reflected as much. Enfield were proving too strongand with The Horse getting tired, the Enfield winger (who was exceptionally quicker than most at this level) took his chances to collect four tried for himself. The Horse were now feeding off scraps for much of the time, but still managed to pick up two more tries. The first through an excellent break from Hope, who showed his class by winning the ball from the back of an Enfield scrum and sprinting to the corner. The final Horse try came through the tireless efforts of winger Dan Averagerita. Having been given licence by the skipper to run hard at Enfield's defence, Averagerita took his chance well and powered over for a score that will hopefully give him confidence throughout the long season to come.

This was a hard lesson for The Horse, but on reflection, a good lesson to have had so early in the season. The players are under no illusions now as to what is required and with some key players returning in coming weeks, The Horse will hope to up their game and perform to the high standards they set for themselves.

Next Saturday sees The Black Horse head off to The Smallest Club World Cup in Tolworth, where they will take on 11 other sides to test themselves against teams who only have one side, no ground, no clubhouse, affiliated to an RFU league and play more than 10 league fixtures a season.

Man of the Match: Scott Francis - for a polished performance at prop and hooker, stepping into some big shoes and showing promise at the lineout with some good throwing.

Wanker of the Match: Kingsley Hovell - for failing to attend the game and not letting anyone know.....deemed harsh, but fair! Obviously as Kingsley wasn't around, another candidate was chosen. So for the crime of running with the ball in front of him and presenting it kindly for an opposition player to take, like candy off a baby......the main thing we practised at training NOT to do.....step forward Michael Fignon!

Scott Francis

Player of the Match

Scott Francis

Key moments

Try Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse
Try Tom Grover scores for Black Horse
Conversion Adrian Lee kicks a conversion for Black Horse
Try Dan Astarita scores for Black Horse
Try Richard Hope scores for Black Horse
Replay game

As it happened

  • Black Horse
  • Enfield Ign. 3rd
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  • Michael Breeze Sub On 10:00'
  • Ben Brown Sub Off 10:00'
  • Adrian Lee Try 18:00'
  • Tom Grover Try 30:00'
  • Adrian Lee Conversion 30:00'
  • Stephen Hewlett Sub On 30:00'
  • Sean Best Sub Off 30:00'
  • Paul Bailey Sub On 41:00'
  • Moj Abdul Sub Off 41:00'
  • Dan Astarita Try 50:00'
  • Paul James Sub On 60:00'
  • Chris Arberry Sub Off 60:00'
  • Richard Hope Try 74:00'

Team selection

Migliozzi, Danny Migliozzi, Danny
Astarita, Dan Astarita, Dan
Lowe, Dave Lowe, Dave
Brown, Ben Brown, Ben
Fignon, Michael Fignon, Michael
Lee, Adrian Lee, Adrian
Hope, Richard Hope, Richard
Arberry, Chris Arberry, Chris
Best, Sean Best, Sean
Bolger, Tony Bolger, Tony
Douglas, Aaron Douglas, Aaron
Grover, Tom Grover, Tom
Francis, Scott Francis, Scott
Abdul, Moj Abdul, Moj
Powell, Chris Powell, Chris
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Finsbury Park 18 90
2. Belsize Park 4th 18 78
3. Enfield Ign. 3rd 18 77
4. Old Grammarians 18 75
5. Black Horse 18 74
6. Chesham 2nd 18 71
7. Southgate 18 68

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