Haringey Rhinos romp to West london victory
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Haringey Rhinos used speed and guile to rack up a 50-10 over a powerful West London side in Herts Middlesex Division Two.
Play got underway on the Haringey home ground with West London using their big pack to drive into Rhino territory early.
Staunch defence kept them out and slowly the Rhinos settled into their natural game and after working their way into West London terrirtory, Dan Thomas beat his man and the full-back to score next to the posts. Dan Rycroft added the extras.
The visitors fought back but could only add three points from a penalty and the hosts were back across the line soon after with Jock McGregor exploiting an overlap to score in the corner, Rycroft again converting.
Haringey picked up the pace and a march down the pitch from the forwards allowed Hugo Murray in, Rycroft getting conversion number three.
There was still time for a fourth try before the break although Rycroft was off target after Ben Kelly looped out to the right wing to score.
West London’s pack came out from half time re-energised and they were eventually rewarded when the Rhinos committed too many to a ruck and the ball was spread out to the backs for a converted score.
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The fightback, however, was short lived with Kelly crashing through defenders for his second try, Owain Luckwell carrying two defenders with him over the line, Murray converting this one, and McGregor benefiting from another overlap for his second.
With the Rhinos forwards dominating the scrums and possession, the final try of the day gave McGregor his hat trick.
Having received the ball out wide he beat the opposite winger and another covering back before stepping the full-back to run in under the posts. Murray added the gloss and brought up the 50.
McGregor was named man of the match and coach Craig Sweetlove said: “After a very poor opening 20 minutes trying to force the play, we went back to our game plan and build phases and pressure. Our defence was monumental at times and we managed to keep a very good side out for most of the game conceding only one try.
“Our attacking play was breathtaking at times and we thoroughly deserved the win. I’m very proud of my team’s efforts today.”