With two weeks until the season begins in earnest, a mixed Hackney side went down (roughly) 36-19 to Old Street at Hackney Marshes. The hosts niling the visitors in the first two of four quarters, with the tables turned in the final two periods.


With three either current or past team captains in the side, motivation shouldn't have been in short supply from the off. But alas, it was. 


Old Street took a commanding lead into the half-time interval, scoring five tries whilst not seeing their line breached. The first of which came from a well worked backs move off of a scrum, and at least one of the others saw them strike from distance with some good support ball, offloading out of desperate Hackney covering tackles.


Hackney struggled to get going in the first half, bar a few good runs from centre Hugh Price they didn't threaten much with ball in hand.


Half-Time prompted changes from both sides and one of those changes had an immediate positive impact for Hackney. Ruairidh (aka Rory the Scot) made a half-break on the right, flicked a pass out to captain Kieran Murray to race over in the corner.


Ruairidh (Rory) the scot then found himself on the end of an attack to score himself. Ricky Duberry took a signature hard one up the middle, passed to the supporting Richard Shorey who burst clear but only as far as the full-back. The ball was quickly moved right by fly-half and debutant Alex Lee, allowing Ruairidh to race over and score under the posts. 


Not the worst debut 5 minutes I've ever seen.


Hackney's third and final try came from a lineout, Shorey taking the ball off of the top and darting clear, only to again be tackled by the full-back. Lee was again there in support though, to take the offload and dot down.


The final 20 minutes saw Old Street up the ante but Hackney held firm to ensure no points were scored.


A real game of two halves (four quarters) which was played in the right spirit and will hopefully help both teams start their season's strongly. Until next pre-season!


Full Time 36-19.


Man of the Match - Ricky Duberry

Dick of the Day (Voted by the victors) - Andy Collins