Hendon produce best performance so far to overcome Harlequin Amateurs

Hendon's try-scorer Cian Hynes. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hendon's try-scorer Cian Hynes. Pic: Paolo Minoli - Credit: Archant

Hendon produced their best performance of the season so far as they bounced back from last week’s defeat at West London to record a fourth victory from their opening five league games.

Mike Evans-Jones kicked 14 points while Cian Hynes scored a decisive try 15 minutes from time, with the latest triumph leaving the Dons fifth in the table.

It was Hynes who made the first break, resulting in a third-minute penalty which Evans-Jones converted.

And, although the visitors responded in kind, Jamie Connolly won another Hendon penalty – and Evans-Jones slotted a second kick at goal before repeating the feat to give the hosts a 9-3 half-time lead.

The Dons had the slope and wind against them in the second period and, 10 minutes after the restart, Quin’s number eight crashed over with a converted try to give the visitors a 10-9 lead.

However, Brian O’Regan led the way as Hendon shored up their defence and, when Tommy Middleton broke out and was stopped by a high tackle, Evans-Jones kicked the home team back into the lead.

Then, in the 65th minute, Robert Nunez attacked down the left wing, reaching the 22 and leading to a maul which pushed the away team back, giving scrum-half Hynes the opportunity to escape down the blind side and touch down, with the clinical Evans-Jones adding the extras.

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Quins now needed to score twice to regain the lead but Hendon never allowed them the chance to get back in the game.

The Dons visit Thamesians in Twickenham on Saturday.