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1st XV - Match centre

Black Horse
Old Grammarians
S White, D Migliozzi, A Lee
Tries
I Aitken, A Lee
Conversions
Sat 30 Jan 14:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 5 Full time Attendance 24

Revenge is sweet for the Black Horse against Grammarians

Victory for the Horse in return fixture

Following a good spell in January the Black Horse were looking for a positive result against fellow one team club Old Grammarians. Having lost away from home already, the Horse were intent on picking up revenge in what is always a tightly contested fixture. Today was no different. The first twenty minutes saw the ball remain squarely in the middle of the pitch, with both sides struggling to make any significant breakthroughs. With 25 minutes gone the Horse picked up the first try of the game. After a line out and a few phases from the forwards, Kiwi hooker Sam White ghosted in to score his first try for the club. This swung the momentum in the Horses favour and they pushed for a second try. They settled for a penalty with a couple of minutes of the half left but this was missed by Isaac Aitken, to make the score 5-0 at half time.

A few choice words at half time from the skipper had the desired affect and the horse started the second half strongly. Firstly Adrian Lee got himself on the scoresheet. For regular readers you're probably wondering where "from 5m" has gone from that statement. Ben Brown stated after the game that this was the furthest out try he had seen Adrian Lee score in over ten years of playing rugby with him. Some said it was 40m, i would say more like 25m. But i digress. Adrian Lee picked up the ball from 25-40m out, increased pace and broke a sweat for the first time in the game to score the Horses second try.

The Horse didn't let the shock or disbelief of that try get in the way of winning this rugby match and shortly after they scored their third try of the game. Numerous penalties saw the horse make it to 5m out and eventually Danny Mig went over to give the horse a 19-0 lead with twenty minutes to go. Protesting the try saw the Grammarians skipper yellow carded and the horse felt victory was in sight. However the side with 14 rallied and two quick tries pulled the score back to 19-12 with just over ten minutes to play. The game was end to end and neither side could add the finishing touch. With no time remaining Grammarians broke and three saving tackles from Gregor Noblett, Ben Brown and Danny Mig stopped what looked like an inevitable try. The latter knocked himself unconscious in doing so, inadvertently costing Gregor Noblett a try as he broke away. However the game was over and Black Horse had won, 19-12.

A great game, closely contested and well fought by both sides. The Horse now move in to February with a friendly and a push to keep climbing up the league.

MOM - Gregor Noblett, for mugging off their 12 and general all round great play
WOM - Isaac Aitken, for going back to NZ for 8 weeks

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Gregor Noblett

Player of the Match

Gregor Noblett

Key moments

20:00
Try Sam White scores for Black Horse
50:00
Try Danny Migliozzi scores for Black Horse
50:00
Conversion Isaac Aitken kicks a conversion for Black Horse
65:00
Try Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse
65:00
Conversion Adrian Lee kicks a conversion for Black Horse

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Gregor Noblett is awarded player of the match for Black Horse
65:00 Try 17 - 0
Adrian Lee scores for Black Horse
65:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Adrian Lee kicks a conversion for Black Horse
60:00 Sub Off
Chris Powell is substituted off for Black Horse
60:00 Sub Off
Aaron Paea is substituted off for Black Horse
60:00 Sub On
Neil McDonald is substituted on for Black Horse
60:00 Sub On
Matt Rogers is substituted on for Black Horse
50:00 Try 10 - 0
Danny Migliozzi scores for Black Horse
50:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Isaac Aitken kicks a conversion for Black Horse
40:00 Sub Off
Sam White is substituted off for Black Horse
40:00 Sub Off
Aaron Douglas is substituted off for Black Horse
40:00 Sub On
Scott Francis is substituted on for Black Horse
40:00 Sub On
Chris Arberry is substituted on for Black Horse
End of period 1
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Sam White scores for Black Horse
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Black Horse
  • Old Grammarians
  • 0
  • Sam White Try 20:00'
  • Sam White Sub Off 40:00'
  • Aaron Douglas Sub Off 40:00'
  • Scott Francis Sub On 40:00'
  • Chris Arberry Sub On 40:00'
  • Danny Migliozzi Try 50:00'
  • Isaac Aitken Conversion 50:00'
  • Chris Powell Sub Off 60:00'
  • Aaron Paea Sub Off 60:00'
  • Neil McDonald Sub On 60:00'
  • Matt Rogers Sub On 60:00'
  • Adrian Lee Try 65:00'
  • Adrian Lee Conversion 65:00'

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League round up

Other Merit Table 5 results

Belsize Park 4th
39
29
Hackney 3rd
24
10

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# 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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