Belsize were a well organised team with a young but talented backline, also a pack that knew each other well. The first half belonged to Belsize with 90% of the territory & 100% of the points. Hackney were spirited but outplayed on the wide outside. The lineout was well contested & there were some exceptional tackles, however Hackne allowed the attack to come up too far before effecting a tackle.



At half time the team was given a new goal; to minimise any scores against, play with more organisation & get at least 1 try. The team was rejigged positionally with Sam Yauner coming to centre (as he is much more effective near to the ball), Andy Owen going to wing & Blake to fullback. This transformed the backline into a much more competitive unit.



The second half was much more of a contest with numerous attacks on the Belsize line & solid defence in Hackney.s half. The opposition did score three times in this half 2 out of 3 due to exceptionally fleet footed wing play, in the middle, the pitch belonged to Hackney. There were many strong runs from the forwards, with every forward getting his hands on the ball at some point. Small errors did plague Hackney.s attacks, a more settled team in terms of position & familiarity would have converted at least another 2 chances.


The final 15 mins saw great pressure on the Belsize line & if it were not for numerous cynical penalties Hackney would have converted. The referee finally saw yellow at 76 mins & Belsize went down to 14.

Blake, for all his reservations, played very well in a totally new position for him; making try saving tackles & kicking well to clear. Each player stood up for themselves in the 2nd half & they should be proud of their performance. A very solid performance from Pete Walsham, but MOTM was Travis.