With a number of players unavailable through injury, and a fair missing elsewhere (there were rumours of something happening at Twickenham), the 2nd XV struggled to field a full side for the first time in almost two seasons. A matter not helped by a mix up with the team selection emails. And while Old Merchant Tailors also struggled for numbers, they at least had the look of a unified team. Hackney on the other hand never really came to terms with the make-shift nature of the side. A few individuals excelled, but even when it's not a XV man game rugby certainly remains a team game...

OMT had a fluid backline possessing real pace and kicked intelligently throughout. Keeping Hackney on the defensive the home side capitalised on the lack of cohesion and scored too easily on occasion. However there were certainly some positives for the Gargoyles. Pete Walsham was, as ever, a workhouse around the park, putting in enough tackles and carries to occasionally create the impression there were 15 men out there. While Ryan Koay, playing at Outside Centre, put in a MOTM winning performance with two brilliant individual tries, and with 80 minutes worth of endeavour and powerful carries. And there were some positives on a team front too... at no point did heads drop, at no point did anyone give up. But the final note should be about an individual, it not being a great day for the team... former captain Darren Griffin made a return to action after suffering a horrendous injury in the final game of last season. He wasn't match fit. He wasn't even close. But he turned up because needs demanded and he played the entire game with the kind of determination and grit that saw him lead the team to a league and cup double last season. More of that please lads. More of that.

MotM: Ryan Koay.