With two minutes to go in this bizarre match, a high kick-off was plucked from the Hertfordshire air by Hackney's loose head prop. With time to spare and support in numbers Newton Mills did what all good front row forwards do in these circumstances... he hoofed it off the side of his foot straight down the throat of St Alban's pacy back three, who for the third time in this match attacked Hackney's broken field defence with panache, touching down to close the match out.


A bizarre match of three games... the first game was won before a ball was caught. St Alban's players, like the All Blacks before the 1999 World Cup Final were struck down with food poisioning. They could only field 11 players at the scheduled kick off and forfeited the match 0 - 25.


The second game saw uncontested scrums and 13 a side (Pete Kaoud and Eihmen Rafferty joining Saints). Hackney dominated this game with quick hands, good running lines and regular line breaks. Tries flowed with scrum half Neil Cunningham dicatating the pace and grabbing three; stand-in stand-off Luke Hearn and Paddy Walsh pitching in one apiece, and Ryan Koay showing great pace and evasion skills touching down from sixty metres. For the umpteenth time this season a pitch played host to furious cries of "for pity's sake tackle him, he's only small!!" Small he may be, but player he is, as a try saving tackle in the the third game of the day ably demonstrated.


So what of the 3rd game? with two minutes to go in the 2nd game a bugle sounded, heralding the arrival of the cavalry. Cantering across the spare pitch came the Saint's reserve... the second team front row fresh from victory at a nearby ground, and the afore mentioned pacy back three that Mr Mills took such a liking to!


Game on with Hackney welcoming Kaoud and Rafferty bank into the ranks - 15 man rugby, contested scrums.. this was what they'd travelled for. What followed was the closest contest of the three and a good one for the gathering crowd. Mills, Blair Gray and Ben Scott Robinson - Hackney's 1,2,3 competed well in the set piece, made some bullocking runs in the loose and worked hard locks John young and Alex Wilson to battle at ruck and mual securing regular ball for the half backs, who distributed well. The make-shift center partnership of Sam Tivoi and Dave Watkins looked anything but; the angles and support running effortless. Damien Bouvier playing his first ever game on the wing, ran 40 metres to cut a fantastic line and gain good ground.


A bizarre match... but a truly enjoyable one which Hackney won by a cumalitive score of 22 - 71. Oh, nearly forgot... a genuine fly half emerged on this day! Luke Hearn, metronomic with boot, picked the right options and bossed the games throughout. With fierce competition from others, notably Sam Tivoi, Newton Mills and Ben Scott Robinson - man of this bizarre trilogy was assuredly Luke Hearn.