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.
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.
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.
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.
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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