Hackney started brightly under weather overhead which was ironically anything but, although they enjoyed the best of the first half possession and territory, they couldn't break the 0-0 stalemate. Jim Miller created the best opportunity with a line break however lacked a passing option when he reached the full back.


In the second half Harpenden taught the Gargoyles a lesion in controlling play, as the conditions worsened to the point where it was impossible to distinguish who was on each team by shirt colour alone, mud covering practically everyone head to toe bar the amazingly clean Hackney back three. The Hertfordshire outfit keep play very tight and collected a glutton of penalties. The difficulty of performing conventional rugby movements was highlighted when the first kick at goal in the match, from a not ideal angle but not too far out, hit the bar lacking the legs to get over the posts. A more straightforward penalty was scored from Harpenden and looked to have sealed the game on a day when points were like diamonds in the river. Hackney had other ideas and somehow managed to string together double figures of mistake free passes to go the length of the field with Rolfin releasing Matthew Rooke into the corner, to seal the game Riccardo Dubery caught the kick off and charged up field and with the home side now having a taste for tries, set up Cian McDonagh to cut back inside and canter under the posts.