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Harry’s hat-trick keeps Hendon in the hunt for fifth-place finish

Mike Evans-Jones scored a try and two conversions for Hendon. Pic: Paolo Minoli Mike Evans-Jones scored a try and two conversions for Hendon. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
3:25 PM

Harry Charles scored a hat-trick as Hendon won their penultimate game of the season in Herts/Middlesex Division Two, beating Quintin 34-20 and boosting their hopes of overtaking Uxbridge to finish fifth.

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There were just five minutes on the clock when John McCarthy broke free and released Charles, with Judah Simpson finishing in the corner – and in the 10th minute Jamie Connolly made the initial incision and fed Charles, who touched down, while Mike Evans-Jones converted to make it 12-0.

Quintin slotted over a penalty kick before their heavier pack pushed their way over for a converted score, closing the gap to 12-10.

But Hendon demonstrated their running ability again from the restart as Charles broke free and avoided three tackles to touch down, while Evans-Jones added the extras again to send the home side into the interval 19-10 ahead.

They extended their lead early in the second period as Connolly went over in the corner after a driving maul, securing a bonus point, and man of the match Charles then picked up a loose ball on the Quintin 22 and completed his treble.

Hendon relaxed and conceded a try, but Evans-Jones intercepted a pass in the Hendon half and ran all the way up the other end to extend the lead to 34-15.

Quintin had the final word with another late score, but Hendon moved to within one point of Uxbridge as they prepare to finish their season away at second-placed London Welsh on Saturday.

Elsewhere, in London Division Two North-West, Hampstead lost 27-16 at St Albans while UCS Old Boys suffered a 65-24 home defeat to Harpenden.

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