Hackney recorded their 4th consecutive win in the rugby equivalent of bikram yoga as the Indian summer continued. A result made all the sweeter by the two narrow defeats that Verulamians had inflicted on Hackney the previous season.

Hackney's team, bereft of backs featured the outstanding Ant Duttine at centre, the magnificent Cormac Fanning making his first start for the ones in several years and the sporadic Patrick Walsh on the wing. Hackney started brightly with O'Hara pulling the strings. Early pressure resulted in 2 penalty opportunities that were narrowly missed by O'Hara. Hackney came close when O'Hara took a quick penalty and fed Chamberlain who cut the line, rounding the full back before being pulled down 10 yards out.
On the final play of the first half hackney forced a 5 yard scrum, leading to a penalty. O'Hara took another quick penalty throwing a huge dummy to the charging Chamberlain before dipping under the Verulamians tackle to open the scoring. O'Hara added the extras to leave hackney up 7-0 at half time. Much water was consumed and Hackney started the second half 30 percent more hydrated than the opposition.

Despite inferior hydration Verulamians started the second half well. A succession of huge hits from Duttine, Tully and Mills deflated their early enthusiasm. In addition Hackney were beginning to dominate the set piece Crocket rising high to spoil the lineout and the front row triumvirate of Mills, Bobin and Pilkington turning the screw in the scrum. Pressure started to tell and a well training move saw James (back) Rowbottom slice through the centres to score his third try of the season under the posts.
A period of aerial ping pong followed, until Verulamians foolishly kicked to the jet heeled Adam West. He set of at what most of us thought was full pace down the left wing, before engaging the patent West turbo boost. Sadly for the opposition open side, who was unacustomed to men with winged feet he could only wildly swipe at Westy's neck, rightly resulting in yellow card. West would have his revenge cutting a great line picking a lob pass off O'Hara to score his début HRFC try. Things would get better for Hackney, another powerful scrum led to a drive from Tully. Fanning was too quick for Verulamians hitting Walsh with a big miss pass for Hackney's bonus point try.

Hackneys final try started with a Fanning grubber tap penalty. Verulamians were the mildly more confused of the two teams, allowing Fanning to regather, finding West who fixed his man allowing Chamberlain to blaze home from 40 yards.

Man of the match was Ant Duttine, playing out of position and making his debut who shut everything down in the centres and made a number of key breaks. Dotd goes to Chamberlain for firing a clearing kick into the referees bottom.