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Berkhamsted
Harpenden 3
S Cane-Groome (2), B Brown, A Tidey (2), P Wakelin, M Hanvey, S Wasley
Tries
Unknown
P Wakelin (6)
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown
Penalty Try
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Harpenden Match Report

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Half a Century for Berko

Saturday 6th October – Berkhamsted 1st XV 52 - 14 Harpenden 4th XV

1.Tim Brickle 2.Sam Groome 3.Tom Hansard 4.Paul Wakelin (Captain) 5.Frazer Harrison 6.Chris Hickey 7.Angus Tidey 8.Rob Peche 9.Steve Dalton 10.Joe Dalton 11.Ben Brown 12.Karl Wordsworth 13.Sean Wasley 14.Marcus Hanvey 15.Matt Barham 16.Dan Vials 17.Mitchell Ayres

Heavy rain and horrible conditions, but despite some late drop-outs, we had another full squad of players available for Berko on Saturday vs Harpenden. Testament to our commitment to getting a side out every week and also to how well this club has progressed over the years. Various people are driving the club forward (both on and off the pitch), in turn raising our profile, not just in the local community but also with the Herts RFU. Our well drilled and well organised training over the summer (courtesy of Wakelin, Lovett & Dalton), got us fit and focussed, and judging by all new news faces at the club, it’s helped us to attract and retain new talent.

Harpenden were our third league visitors of the season and if we were going to put pressure on the likes of OA’s and Tabard at the top of the table, only a win would be good enough. Harpenden rocked-up with a slightly depleted squad and Mitch and Dan kindly offered to step in and play for them. As it transpired, this was to be another great win and the Captain’s clearly got this squad in full throttle, with all pistons firing. It’s gonna be a good season.

Scrums were uncontested but we took line-out ball against the head and the backs were finding space and moving the ball effectively. Barham was often seen weaving through the Harpenden defence and Wordy and Sean were seeing plenty of contact in the midfield. Growing confidence from Marcus Hanvey saw him involved in many of the backs moves. Ben Brown is not only the nicest bloke most of us have ever met but is also tremendously consistent in his performances. Safe hands on the ball and a beast in defence. Anyway, enough about the backs. This game was all about one person… Our Hooker, Sam ‘Birthday Boy’ Groome. This turned out to be a bit of a try-fest, and a landslide victory. So in a break from the norm, I’m going to talk you through the 52 points we scored…

TRY Sam Groome. Rolling Maul, clever support play. Nice one. 5-0
CONVERSTION Paul Wakelin. 7-0
TRY Sam Groome (again !) More great support play. 12-0
CONVERSTION Paul Wakelin 14-0
TRY Ben Brown. A brilliant break and chase down the wing for an impressive score. 19-0.
TRY Harpenden. Converted Still in this game. 19-7.
TRY Angus Tidey. The handsome, hairy, tanned guy blistered down the wing for an impressive 40-50 yard score 24-7
CONVERSTION Paul Wakelin 26-7


HT fast approaching but still time for some more drama. On 39 mins, Hickey made an impressive break followed by a clever dummy which nearly gave Berko another score. Hickey was held up on the line and we couldn’t quite recycle the ball for a score. On 40 minutes, Groomy forgot what game we were playing and slid in, feet first on the Harpenden 6 for a naughty challenge on the 5 metre line. No malice in it but it was only gonna end one way;

SIN BIN Sam Groome (Foul play)
PENALTY TRY Harpenden. They were still in this game. 26-14.
TRY Paul Wakelin. Under the posts. 31-14
CONVERSTION Paul Wakelin 33-14
TRY Angus Tidey. Second try. Good show of pace. 38-14
TRY Sean Wasley. Impressive break. Touched down under the posts. 43-14
CONVERSTION Paul Wakelin 45-14
TRY Marcus Hanvey. First score for the club and well deserved. 50-14
CONVERSTION Paul Wakelin 52-14


And that was to be the final score. Despite this scoreline we must give due credit to Harpenden who turned up and made a real game of it. They were a well drilled side and I suspect it won’t be too long till their young 9 is playing 1st XV rugby.

In the merit tables, it’s played 3, won 2, lost 1. And we’re very much in this league. We mustn’t congratulate ourselves too much though, there is still plenty to work on in training and it’s always a long season.

MotM. Who else? Groomy. Two tries and an assured and committed performance.

DotD. Who else? Groomy. That tackle….

Final score: Berkhamsted 1st XV 52 - 14 Harpenden 4th XV

Rest week coming up. Enjoy the ability to walk on Sunday.

Win a Maximuscle training session with Anthony Watson

Key moments

5:00
Conversion Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
5:00
Try Samuel Cane-Groome scores for Berkhamsted
9:00
Try Samuel Cane-Groome scores for Berkhamsted
9:00
Conversion Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
20:00
Try Ben Brown scores for Berkhamsted
27:00
Try Try for Harpenden 3
27:00
Conversion Conversion for Harpenden 3
34:00
Try Angus Tidey scores for Berkhamsted
34:00
Conversion Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
37:00
Conversion Conversion for Harpenden 3
45:00
Try Paul Wakelin scores for Berkhamsted
50:00
Conversion Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
50:00
Try Angus Tidey scores for Berkhamsted
60:00
Try Marcus Hanvey scores for Berkhamsted
60:00
Conversion Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
70:00
Try Sean Wasley scores for Berkhamsted
70:00
Conversion Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted

Highlights

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70:00 Try 50 - 14
Sean Wasley scores for Berkhamsted
70:00 Conversion 52 - 14
Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
60:00 Try 43 - 14
Marcus Hanvey scores for Berkhamsted
60:00 Conversion 45 - 14
Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
50:00 Conversion 33 - 14
Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
50:00 Try 38 - 14
Angus Tidey scores for Berkhamsted
45:00 Try 31 - 14
Paul Wakelin scores for Berkhamsted
45:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Wakelin misses a conversion for Berkhamsted
End of period 1
37:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Harpenden 3
37:00 Conversion 26 - 14
Conversion for Harpenden 3
37:00 Yellow Card
Samuel Cane-Groome is yellow carded for Berkhamsted
34:00 Try 24 - 7
Angus Tidey scores for Berkhamsted
34:00 Conversion 26 - 7
Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
27:00 Try 19 - 5
Try for Harpenden 3
27:00 Conversion 19 - 7
Conversion for Harpenden 3
20:00 Try 19 - 0
Ben Brown scores for Berkhamsted
20:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Wakelin misses a conversion for Berkhamsted
9:00 Try 12 - 0
Samuel Cane-Groome scores for Berkhamsted
9:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
5:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Paul Wakelin kicks a conversion for Berkhamsted
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Samuel Cane-Groome scores for Berkhamsted
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Berkhamsted
  • Harpenden 3
  • 0
  • Samuel Cane-Groome Try 5:00'
  • Paul Wakelin Conversion 5:00'
  • Samuel Cane-Groome Try 9:00'
  • Paul Wakelin Conversion 9:00'
  • Ben Brown Try 20:00'
  • Try 27:00'
  • Conversion 27:00'
  • Angus Tidey Try 34:00'
  • Paul Wakelin Conversion 34:00'
  • Samuel Cane-Groome Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Penalty Try 37:00'
  • Conversion 37:00'
  • Paul Wakelin Try 45:00'
  • Angus Tidey Try 50:00'
  • Paul Wakelin Conversion 50:00'
  • Marcus Hanvey Try 60:00'
  • Paul Wakelin Conversion 60:00'
  • Sean Wasley Try 70:00'
  • Paul Wakelin Conversion 70:00'

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Other Merit Table 4 S/W results

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Tabard 3
O.A's Grizzlies (4)
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UCSOB's 2

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Chess Valley 16 79
2. O.A's Grizzlies (4) 16 73
3. Tabard 3 16 71
4. Chesham 2 16 69
5. Watford 2 16 62
6. Berkhamsted 16 51
7. Harpenden 3 16 51

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