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1st XV - Match centre

St Albans 2nd
Black Horse
Tries
M Livesey (3), D Astarita, C Ellmore, T Cliffe
Conversions
R Hope (4)
Sat 13 Feb 14:00 - Hertfordshire & Middlesex Rugby Merit Tables - Merit Table 5 Full time Attendance 3

Black Horse Win Against Valiant 14 Men St Albans

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Horse come through poor conditions to win convincing in the end

After a weeks rest the Horse were back in action, away against St Albans on a boggy, muddy and wet pitch. St Albans started the game with 14 men, including Michael Francis propping, to ensure the game had contested scrums and went behind after only a couple of minutes. The ball was moved through the hands out to Mark Livesey who went over to score in his first game since October. It looked like the Horse could overrun the opposition but it was St Albans who scored next. St Albans spread the ball well and their winger scored the try, to leave the game 7-5 after only 5 minutes.

This try rattled the Horse and it didn't take long for them to extend their lead. Another good set of hands through the backs saw the ball reach Dan Astarita on the wing and he scored the try to put the Horse 14-5 up. The next 5 minutes saw St Albans camped in the Black Horse half but after numerous attempts they could not get a second try. The Horse eventually got the ball up the field and a quick break from Jonny Pearson, on his debut at number 9, took them close to the try line. Unfortunately the tackle on Jonny and the muddy conditions lead to a serious injury for the number 9 and the game had to moved to another pitch for the 3rd time in 4 games.

The Horse reorganised and spent the last 11 minutes of the half attacking the St Albans try line. During one attack a bad landing for a St Albans player saw them reduced to 13 men (14 if you include Michael Fignon) and eventually the Horse got a third try. Mark Livesey powered through a number of defenders to get his second try of the game and Richard Hope converted to send the Horse in 21-5 at half time.

The second half was spent almost entirely in the St Albans half but the Horse only managed to score another three tries. The first was scored by Chris Ellmore, a great pick up and powerful run from the flanker. The second came after what felt like ten minutes of scrummaging on the 5m line. The ball went back and forth between the Horse and St Albans and when St Albans cleared their lines the ball landed in Mark Livesey's hands for him to complete his hattrick. The third try of the half was a Tony combination, Tony Bolger running on the blind side and Tony Cliffe finishing the move off.

The game ended 38-5 to the Black Horse, a valiant effort from St Albans with 13/14 men and a couple of Horse players playing for them. The Horse march on to Southgate at home next week, looking to keep moving up the league. Finally, get well soon Jonny Pearson. We look forward to you returning and completing 80 minutes next time

MOM - Michael Francis - For being an absolute legend and playing prop against the Horse so that we could have contested scrums
WOM - Jonny Pearson - For not completing his debut game due to a dislocated and potentially fractured knee cap

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Michael Francis

Player of the Match

Michael Francis

Key moments

3:00
Try Mark Livesey scores for Black Horse
3:00
Conversion Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
10:00
Try Dan Astarita scores for Black Horse
10:00
Conversion Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
35:00
Try Mark Livesey scores for Black Horse
35:00
Conversion Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
50:00
Try Chris Ellmore scores for Black Horse
50:00
Conversion Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
75:00
Try Mark Livesey scores for Black Horse
79:00
Try Tony Cliffe scores for Black Horse

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Michael Francis is awarded player of the match for Black Horse
79:00 Try 0 - 38
Tony Cliffe scores for Black Horse
75:00 Try 0 - 33
Mark Livesey scores for Black Horse
50:00 Try 0 - 26
Chris Ellmore scores for Black Horse
50:00 Conversion 0 - 28
Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
40:00 Sub On
Michael Francis is substituted on for Black Horse
40:00 Sub Off
Tony Bolger is substituted off for Black Horse
40:00 Sub Off
Chris Arberry is substituted off for Black Horse
40:00 Sub On
Michael Fignon is substituted on for Black Horse
End of period 1
35:00 Try 0 - 19
Mark Livesey scores for Black Horse
35:00 Conversion 0 - 21
Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
29:00 Sub Off
Jonny Pearson is substituted off for Black Horse
29:00 Sub On
Aaron Douglas is substituted on for Black Horse
10:00 Try 0 - 12
Dan Astarita scores for Black Horse
10:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
3:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Richard Hope kicks a conversion for Black Horse
3:00 Try 0 - 5
Mark Livesey scores for Black Horse
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As it happened

  • St Albans 2nd
  • Black Horse
  • 0
  • Mark Livesey Try 3:00'
  • Richard Hope Conversion 3:00'
  • Dan Astarita Try 10:00'
  • Richard Hope Conversion 10:00'
  • Jonny Pearson Sub Off 29:00'
  • Aaron Douglas Sub On 29:00'
  • Mark Livesey Try 35:00'
  • Richard Hope Conversion 35:00'
  • Tony Bolger Sub Off 40:00'
  • Michael Fignon Sub On 40:00'
  • Chris Arberry Sub Off 40:00'
  • Michael Francis Sub On 40:00'
  • Chris Ellmore Try 50:00'
  • Richard Hope Conversion 50:00'
  • Mark Livesey Try 75:00'
  • Tony Cliffe Try 79:00'

Team selection

Hope, Richard Hope, Richard
Astarita, Dan Astarita, Dan
Livesey, Mark Livesey, Mark
Brown, Ben Brown, Ben
Bolger, Tony Bolger, Tony
Lee, Adrian Lee, Adrian
Pearson, Jonny Pearson, Jonny
Paea, Aaron Paea, Aaron
Arberry, Chris Arberry, Chris
Ellmore, Chris Ellmore, Chris
Cliffe, Tony Cliffe, Tony
Grover, Tom Grover, Tom
Migliozzi, Danny Migliozzi, Danny
Abdul, Moj Abdul, Moj
Powell, Chris Powell, Chris
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League round up

Other Merit Table 5 results

Belsize Park 4th
15
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36
6
Hackney 3rd

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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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