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First XV - Herts/Middlesex 2

Spartans - Middlesex Merrit 4

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British Airways

22

5

Spartans (2XV)

Match Report

Both sides came to this match unbeaten, and it was a very tight match for the first 50 minutes, with most of the game being played in the middle third of the pitch. Spartans started brightly and were winning some turnovers at the breakdown with good work by PK among others, resulting in decent periods of possesion, but an unstable scrum meant both sides were struggling with penalties. The away team managed to make a slow grind towards the opposition 22, finishing a multi-phase move with some good passing through the backs, where the clever running and lovely soft hands of prop Rory fed Guy Baker for a fine try in the corner. Half-time was called minutes later with the score at 0-5 to Spartans, who made a number of substitutions at the change.

British Airways started the second half with renewed intensity, but no points were scored by either team for the first ten minutes of the half. The breakdown continued to bring penalties against both sides, but it was BA who managed to utilise theirs most effectively, gaining territory and possession which resulted in 2 quick tries, taking the score from 0-5 to 12-5 in a matter of minutes, rattling the confidence of the away side, who were forced into using all their remaining substitutes due to injury during the same period.

Spartans remained competitive and played some good phase rugby, but couldn't break through the strong defensive line of the home side. With time slipping away BA became more confident of securing the win, and played some strong rugby. They could have scored many more tries, but for the tackling integrity of a number of Spartans including JR and the heroic Frenchman Quentin. Despite their efforts, BA scored twice more to end the game as 22-5 winners.

Tries: Guy Baker

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