Belsize Park landed a big blow in the fight for promotion in London North-West Division Three, with a sterling defensive display laying the foundation for a 30-5 bonus-point victory over rivals Welwyn, who left empty-handed.
Hendon kicked off the new year on Saracens’ pitch at Allianz Park, and their Premiership-level surroundings inspired them to a 33-16 victory over Watford, which kept them in third place in Herts/Middlesex Division Two.
Saracens’ Duncan Taylor admits he sometimes has to pinch himself as he looks back over a whirlwind 18 months – and he is keen to stay on the international scene with Scotland ahead of the World Cup in 2015.
Belsize Park were left to rue a slow start as they suffered a second defeat in three games before the festive break, going down 36-31 at Finchley in London North-West Division Three and slipping to fourth place in the table.
Hampstead’s second-half fightback was in vain as they suffered a second successive defeat in London North-West Division Two, going down 32-27 away at Harpenden and dropping to eighth place in the table.