The Gogs, in this tough encounter, embodied all of Hackney's unashamed if mainly unassuming success. Once again new Hackney shone through the shining lights of Gog rugby. The captain, perhaps guilty of losing his reserve, predicted league title glory after the third teams best performance of the season so far. This team, more capable, more coached, less fractious, full of good mouth and grit have every reason to believe the title could be theirs.

Verulamians were undefeated. Also brimming with youth and ambition but they were rarely allowed to show their potential. Set pieces went overwhelmingly in Hackney's favour. On every occasion bar one the home sides attempts at gaining control and rhythm were thwarted by Hackney's defence. That occasion came from their backrow who were always capable of causing Hackney problems and when some strong running resulted in the scores levelling at 10 10 the game could have been in the balance. Perhaps bolstered by French belief, (Matthieu, Olivier, Damien), the Gogs were in no doubt who were the better side and instantly replied with the best try of the match finished by one of Hackneys shining lights.
Ryan, returning from the cold of University rugby had already brought joy to a hard working pack as he tortured the home sides defence with elusive, strong running. His first try showed his individual skill but the second was the result of an accomplished team performance. The pack won good clean ball that was delivered by Owain, the consummate scrum half, to the backs who expertly shipped it on to Ryan on the wing. After majestically evading his winger and then the full backs attention he scored under the sticks.
The centres, aided by Will Okenden's vision, ran great lines all afternoon always breaking the game line. Their efforts were rewarded with another backs try (Richard Young) and when soon after, Chris Sykes scored for the forwards, the Gogs knew the day was theirs.

MOTM went to Chris Sykes(Playing hooker). He eclipsed all the shining stars. A classic mixture of bon hommie and brutality he carved into the Verulamians defence like a pneumatic hammer into sandstone. A great debut performance, welcome to Hackney!

Special Mentions: Also great debuts by Kim Fitzgerald (Full Back), who's game got better and better, and Gavin De Preer (Second Row) - made an obvious contribution to the scrum and was evident in many of the rucks and mauls. Well done.