Haringey Rhinos are defeated - but second team triumphs on new 3G pitch
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 January 2015
Haringey Rhinos returned to action with a 36-7 defeat at Barnet Elizabethans, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table in Herts/Middlesex Division One.
Haringey won their final match of 2014, beating relegation rivals Old Millhillians, but they were unable to pick up where they had left off, and their only score came late on as Carl Brown scored a consolation try.
The Rhinos struggled to escape their own 22 in the early stages, and a desperate defensive kick resulted in Barnet’s opening try after 10 minutes.
Shortly after, the Rhinos lost their own line-out and conceded a second score. And, although the visitors upped their game and kept their opponents out until half-time, they were undone again by a fine solo effort from the home side’s No8, who picked the ball up from the base of an attacking scrum and fended off a couple of would-be tacklers to dot down.
Haringey’s efforts were hindered by a couple of injuries and they fell further behind, but the pack gradually put some phases together, avoiding the turn-overs which had been so costly, and setting the platform for Brown to cross for a converted try – but by then the game was effectively over.
Meanwhile, Haringey’s second XV had the honour of being the club’s first side to play on the new 3G pitch at New River Sports Centre – and they rose to the occasion, beating Grasshoppers’ third team 17-5.
The Rhinos started strongly and got the breakthrough just before the half-hour mark as Tom Pert threw a daring miss-pass to Dan Rycroft, who touched down in the corner.
No8 Aiden Morrisson then picked the ball up from a scrum and popped it off to Dave Ouda, who made a 25-metre dash to the line to extend the lead to 10-0 at the interval.
Debo Gbadebo charged down a kick to score the hosts’ third try after the break, with Rycroft converting. And, although Barnet got some points on the board with an unconverted try, Haringey were the victors at the final whistle.