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1st XV - Match centre

Old Haberdashers
Diss
C Esam (2), H Briffitt, S Miller, C Johnson, W Longhill
Tries
T Jackson (4)
Conversions
T Jackson
Penalties
Sat 26 Jan TBC - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time

Old Habs 1st XV vs Diss 1st XV

OH back to winning ways

On a mid-January afternoon the sky was blue and the smell of rugby was in the air, you would be forgiven for confusing Croxdale Road for Suncorpe Stadium. In this London North 1 clash Old Haberdashers looked to banish the demons of their previous weekend defeat to Fullerians. Their opposition this week were a spirited Diss team who were looking to make up ground at the bottom of the table.

The game started evenly, with both forward packs trading blows but with not many points to show for it. Habs showed their respect for the opposition’s defence by taking the points when within scoring range and opened up a 3-0 lead. Habs scrum was strong as usual and Fish, Gatus, Baxter and Sanderson provided the team with a valuable platform.

The conditions were suited to some expansive rugby and after a few calls from the touchline of, “let the boys play!”, and “joue”, Habs started to find their rhythm. Following some barnstorming carries from Tommy ‘the gun’ Arnott, Mike Marsden, and Jonny Gatus, the Diss defence were weakened. Will Longhill and Harry Briffit both got on the scoresheet both with powerful finishes. With a spring in their step, Habs stepped up a gear and secured the bonus-point try before halftime as Charlie Johnson and Charlie Esam both finished off excellent team tries. Captain Jonny Whittle dictated the game from scrum half, and Taj Jackson was steering the ship beautifully - nearly immaculate off the tee throughout.

The second half did not go all the way of Old Haberdashers. Diss showed they were dangerous with ball in hand, and their energy in the tackle was always strong. For a period of about 20 minutes Diss had a huge share of territory and possession and were pushing for that first score. Only an excellent defensive effort from the home side stopped them from getting points on the board. As the game opened up there was some eye-catching footwork, particularly from fullback Tom ‘quantum of’ Solis. Old Haberdashers picked up two more scores, Charlie Esam got his second after a well-timed pass from George Seabrook. And Simon Miller showed his poacher’s instinct with an interception in the closing minutes. Habs ran out 41-0 winners on the day and whilst the scoreline flattered a little, the well needed bounce back gave the boys confidence going into the international break.

On his 102nd and final appearance Ben ‘Elk’ Elkington covered every blade of grass, and showed everyone the huge void he will leave in the team with a number of noteworthy carries and strong tackles. Finally, Ian Sanderson had to miss the game as he decided the birth of his daughter was a more important event. A big congratulations to Ian and wife Sam.

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Key moments

3:00
Penalty Thomas Jackson kicks a penalty for Old Haberdashers
10:00
Try Charlie Esam scores for Old Haberdashers
11:00
Conversion Thomas Jackson kicks a conversion for Old Haberdashers
20:00
Try Charlie Esam scores for Old Haberdashers
21:00
Conversion Thomas Jackson kicks a conversion for Old Haberdashers
30:00
Try Harry Briffitt scores for Old Haberdashers
31:00
Conversion Thomas Jackson kicks a conversion for Old Haberdashers
40:00
Try Simon Miller scores for Old Haberdashers
41:00
Conversion Thomas Jackson kicks a conversion for Old Haberdashers
60:00
Try Charlie Johnson scores for Old Haberdashers
70:00
Try Will Longhill scores for Old Haberdashers

Highlights

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70:00 Try 41 - 0
Will Longhill scores for Old Haberdashers
60:00 Try 36 - 0
Charlie Johnson scores for Old Haberdashers
41:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Thomas Jackson kicks a conversion for Old Haberdashers
40:00 Try 29 - 0
Simon Miller scores for Old Haberdashers
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Thomas Jackson kicks a conversion for Old Haberdashers
30:00 Try 22 - 0
Harry Briffitt scores for Old Haberdashers
21:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Thomas Jackson kicks a conversion for Old Haberdashers
20:00 Try 15 - 0
Charlie Esam scores for Old Haberdashers
11:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Thomas Jackson kicks a conversion for Old Haberdashers
10:00 Try 8 - 0
Charlie Esam scores for Old Haberdashers
3:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Thomas Jackson kicks a penalty for Old Haberdashers
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As it happened

  • Old Haberdashers
  • Diss
  • 0
  • Thomas Jackson Penalty 3:00'
  • Charlie Esam Try 10:00'
  • Thomas Jackson Conversion 11:00'
  • Charlie Esam Try 20:00'
  • Thomas Jackson Conversion 21:00'
  • Harry Briffitt Try 30:00'
  • Thomas Jackson Conversion 31:00'
  • Simon Miller Try 40:00'
  • Thomas Jackson Conversion 41:00'
  • Charlie Johnson Try 60:00'
  • Will Longhill Try 70:00'

Team selection

Solis, Tom Solis, Tom
Johnson, Charlie Johnson, Charlie
Esam, Charlie Esam, Charlie
Miller, Simon Miller, Simon
Briffitt, Harry Briffitt, Harry
Jackson, Thomas Jackson, Thomas
Whittle, Jonny Whittle, Jonny
Seabrook, George Seabrook, George
Arnott, Thomas Arnott, Thomas
Elkington, Ben Elkington, Ben
Marsden, Mike Marsden, Mike
Longhill, Will Longhill, Will
Sanderson, Andrew Sanderson, Andrew
Gatus, Jonny Gatus, Jonny
Fisher, Sam Fisher, Sam

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Rochford Hundred 20 100
2. Colchester 20 86
3. North Walsham 20 83
4. Old Haberdashers 20 64
5. H.A.C. 20 62
6. Amersham & Chiltern 20 59
7. Old Priorians 20 52

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