December 6 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
Haringey coach Mick Finnegan blamed a “lack of consistency” for his side’s emphatic 70-15 home defeat against Hackney in Herts/Middlesex Division One.
Punished for a series of defensive lapses, defeat ensures that Haringey are still searching for their first victory of the season following the previous weekend’s defeat to Old Actonians, but Finnegan remains buoyant.
“[The result was] disappointing after being so strong in the set piece, as we were let down by the lack of consistency during the game, leaving few options for attacking,” he said. “But this is a new squad who can take many positives from the game.”
There was no lack of consistency from the outset though, as Haringey were overwhelmed by their opposition, with Hackney streaking into an early lead thanks to the first of Guy Watmore’s three tries.
Watmore then turned provider after turning over play and finding James Rowbottom, allowing the full-back to race down the line to touch down and give the visitors a 14-point lead.
Rowbottom then returned the favour, putting Watmore in to score, before captain Alex O’Hara kicked his third conversion of the day, as Hackney took hold of the game.
The momentum was with the visitors and after an incisive pass by O’Hara, Alex Berwick added yet more points for the Griffins after touching down a converted try, before Rowbottom added another converted score.
Tom Armer gave Haringey hope with a penalty before Matt Peterson ran in for a try, but Ben Chamberlain scored Hackney’s sixth try to leave the Rhinos 34 pints adrift at the break, despite their domination of scrums and set pieces.
Haringey enjoyed greater possession after the restart, but Armer wasted a chance to close the gap from a relatively simple penalty and Hackney’s Watmore punished this wastefulness to touch down and claim his hat-trick.
Not to be outdone, Chamberlain added his second, before scoring his hat-trick try in the closing stages, while O’Hara added a try to his nine successful conversion to take his personal tally to an impressive 35 points.
Rob Handley drove the ball over the line and Armer successfully converted for Haringey, but by then the damage had already been done.