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Hopefully Haverhill hit rock bottom ast Hadleigh

By Jim Morgan on Monday, 27th January 2014.

GREENE KING EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION TWO: Hadleigh 59 Haverhill 0. Match report.

Meeting a Hadleigh-based buddy to watch the game, a wager was offered. So I said the score would be 60 to zip to Hadleigh.

Some may wonder why a supporter of a great rugby club would offer this type of prediction? It was inevitable with the team on my report sheet.

In a perverse way, as Hadleigh failed to provide a referee, Haverhill could have claimed the points. However, as there was an RFU event taking place at the club beforehand, they decided to play a competitive game, which I think was totally correct.

The only area Haverhill had some ascendancy was in the line-out. Hamish Stewart and Ricky Brown were quite awesome here. But, outside of that the wheels well and truly fell off.

The scrum, usually dominant, hardly won ball. The breakdown was so slow you could order scampi and chips from Chippies, get change and eat it before the ball was recycled.

This being said, it took Hadleigh ten minutes to get on the scorecard. A clearance was caught and the full back ran at the Haverhill line. He PASSED the ball to the next guy, who PASSED the ball to the winger and he scored in the corner.

If anything comes out of this weekend letís hope Haverhill learn that to lay the ball off to score a try is far better than scoring a try yourself once in ten attempts.

Hadleigh were 27-0 up on 30 minutes. However, Haverhill regrouped and for the first time in the match got into the 22-metre line and nearly scored on three occasions, but good defence and at times bad options led to Hadleigh breaking out for a line-out in the Haverhill 22.

On the whistle Hadeligh scored a try in the corner for 32-0

On 48 minutes, the Hadleigh wing picked up the ball on the 22 and started to run. He kept running and scored for 37-0.

The 53-minute mark saw a comment that 'they always have a man on his shoulder' as a tackle came in and the ball-holder offloaded to the shoulder man who went under the post for 44-0.

At this stage, my man of the match Kieron McDonagh, due to his willingness to work in the front row and efforts on the park, left the field with the best-looking nose break possible.

The last part of the game was one way with too many 60-metre runs for a lay-off and try.

With the score on 59-0, the kicker had the opportunity to make it 61-0, but the kick was wide and the whistle came.

All in all, this was probably as bad as it can get. But a good crowd from Haverhill turned out to support.

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