Hackney will take many positives away from this initial run out in Hampshire. In the first quarter good pressure was built up by consistent defence and a Will Burrows break which allowed Sam Alderson to barge over from a tap penalty. The second quarter saw some impressive debut performances with Ricardo Dubery and Ed Thornton covering loads of ground in the back row, George Sargent marshalling play well at 9 and Courtney Jouning beating defenders constantly in broken field play. Despite losing one O'Holloran to injury we were joined by another with Charles's brother making a cameo at full back and returning kicks with interest.

Hackney's feared rolling maul should have brought about try number 2 however Adam Balzano comically slipped over holding the ball at the back one yard from the line which lead to Alex O'Hara literally walking over to open his try account for the season. The third quarter is were the London side really turned the screw with 2 tries from James Legg, the second of which he benefitted greatly from Will "man mountain" Burrows chasing up a Dan Worth chip through and charging down the clearance at all of 5ft 6in. This allowed the ever in support Legg to pounce on the loose ball for the 7 pointer.

Hackney's only organizational lapse in defence saw Basingstoke grab a consolation score, with Laurence Mills left isolated with the quickest winger on the field 10 yards out and left with no chance, despite Loz's claim that he "nearly" got him. Further encouragement was found in the final quarter when different combinations were tried out with good results but no further scores. Thanks for all the lads who turned out