The call went out and fifteen Gogs turned up. Fifteen disparate individuals merged to become the mighty Gogs galvanised and ready to take on the Fullarians. It was a fixture steeped in acrimony. Last seasons contentious decisions and a bitter defeat away from home remained in their collective memories.

The still hot air and the unforgiving pitch added an intensity to the occasion. The decision to receive was given. From the outset Hackneys desire for the ball was evident. The rucks were fiercely contested. Fullarians brought their considerable weight to the break down but the visitors pack worked hard for possession and soon began to win the open exchanges. Possession led to territory then Owain, at scrum half, taking an advantage of a gap in the home sides defence ran over for Hackney's first try.

Hackney's strategy was simple: to win good ball for the backs. Every Hackney back looked dangerous with the ball in hand. They all had confidence. In some way this confidence was engendered by the fly half Will Ockenden who naturally played an open game. This gave the other backs a belief and the ambition to run some great lines. Maxwell in the centre played one of his best games at Hackney, His running was hard and uncompromising driving into the oppositions back line with obvious relish. Richard, playing inside centre in contrast looked for space and always made ground. The hapless opposition looked ragged and their growing frustration often boiled over but the visitors kept their discipline and continued to punish Fullarians faltering defence.

Although the Gogs had an excellent first half and were up by 22 points the game was not over. The Fullarians pack still posed a threat and possession up front was still hard won. Unlike some previous encounters Hackney went into the second half hungry for the ball. The oppositions initial aggression soon evaporated in the afternoons sun. Even their dominance in the scrum began to waine as Hackney's pack grew more confident in the set piece. Andrew Boon was solid, secure and dangerous at number eight. All the forwards continued to hit hard all game against a team almost twice their size. The most testing encounter came near the end of the game when Fullarians for the first time were in Hackneys 22. A sustained attack on the line resulted in two consecutive penalties ten metres out. Both times they were knocked back and soon after that they lost possession from a pick up and drive, Richard then booted the ball clear and the score remained 41 to nil

The Gogs recognised their success was certainly helped by having a recognised and hard working front row but MOTM had to go to Owain Hughes: Scored twice; Talked to the forwards and ensured at all cost he got the ball at the breakdowns. Always aware and determined to keep the ball moving. Well done the mighty gogs!

Special mentions:
Baz James. His first game of senior rugby. Played well and was certainly part of the Gog spirit.
Declan Ryan. Well done excellent game and scored his first try in adult rugby.