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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Head coach Peter Breen says there is a growing feeling at Hampstead that the club can win the league and secure promotion after Saturday’s results took them to the top of the table.

Draws are relatively rare in rugby so it is certainly unusual that Saracens have now had two in a row – but the character and resolve they have displayed in both matches has been entirely familiar.

Dave Francis scored a second-half hat-trick as Hendon triumphed 29-15 away against mid-table rivals Saracens Amateurs, banking a bonus point and moving 11 points clear of the Herts/Middlesex Division One relegation zone.

Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth fears it is only a matter of time before an accidental sending-off defines a crucial game following the tougher sanctions introduced by World Rugby surrounding high tackles.

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen says the courage, leadership and loyalty of captain Andy McEwen has been a central part of Hampstead’s turnaround in the last two and half years.

Director of rugby Geoff Boxer is optimistic UCS Old Boys will avoid relegation in Herts/Middlesex Division One after the basement boys secured their first win in five games on Saturday and closed in on the sides above them.

Owen Farrell has never been one to shy away from the spotlight in the most important matches – and he proved again that he is a big-game player at Leicester on New Year’s Day.

Saracens will end the year at the top of the Premiership table on points difference after their 21-6 victory in a routine outing against Newcastle Falcons on Saturday.

It took a moment of brilliance from Saracens newcomer Will Skelton in the final stages of the away tie at Sale to set up a victory that now equals Munster’s run of consecutive European wins.

Hampstead coach Peter Breen has vowed to fight to the finish after his side’s winning streak was ended by promotion rivals Old Haberdashers.

Hampstead Rugby Club hosted a girls’ development day on the Heath last weekend, welcoming 90 players from a group of north London clubs.

George Kruis has hailed the impact of Saracens’ new recruit Will Skelton after the Australian’s debut appearance in Saturday’s demolition of Sale Sharks at Allianz Park.

UCS Old Boys missed the chance to climb off the bottom of the table and overtake relegation rivals Wasps in Hert/Middlesex Division One after throwing away a 12-point lead against Barnet Elizabethans.

Hampstead emerged triumphant in their derby duel with Belsize Park on Saturday – and they will finish the calendar year with a top-of-the-table showdown against Old Haberdashers this coming Saturday.

Hampstead Ladies enjoyed a hugely successful weekend, with their first team beating Romford 74-0 and their second string overcoming High Wycombe 38-0.

Head coach Peter Breen says Hampstead have been driven on to improve by Belsize Park’s progress, and he believes a new local rivalry will help to get the best out of his side as the two clubs prepare to meet in Saturday’s derby clash.

Hampstead Ladies’ second team were narrowly beaten 15-12 by Kilburn on Sunday, despite two tries for Barbara Sike.

Saracens were dealt only their second defeat of the Premiership campaign on Saturday as Bath put in a strong defensive display to overcome the league leaders and stop them from opening up some breathing space at the summit.

UCS Old Boys, Hendon and Haringey Rhinos all suffered home defeats in the Herts/Middlesex leagues on Saturday.

Belsize Park suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday as they lost their London Division Two North West showdown with title rivals Old Haberdashers in Regent’s Park.

Jim Hamilton believes the strength of the leadership at Saracens was a key factor as the Premiership pacesetters produced a disciplined display to beat Gloucester at Allianz Park on Sunday.

Haringey Rhinos’ head coach Craig Sweetlove was pleased with his side’s clinical finishing as they thrashed bottom side Uxbridge 98-7 at home in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

It was business as usual for Saracens as they continued their good form in the Premiership on Saturday, beating Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium and leaving themselves three points ahead of second-placed Bath in the table.

Hampstead head coach Peter Breen feels Jonty Hallett’s return has helped to bring the best out of winger Olufemi Ajayi, who scored four tries in Saturday’s 52-7 home win over basement boys Stockwood Park in London Division Two North West.

Belsize Park’s first-team coach James Lindsay feels Saturday’s commanding victory over Enfield Ignatians was the “perfect preparation” as his side gears up for successive clashes with their two primary title rivals.

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