Hammersmith knock Walden out of RFU Intermediate Cup
PUBLISHED: 10:28 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:28 13 November 2014
Hammersmith & Fulham punished Saffron Walden's slow start by knocking them out of the RFU Intermediate Cup.
The Londoners scored four converted tries in the opening 30 minutes, which, despite a spirited second-half fightback, Walden failed to overcome.
Walden went into the game having won three of their last four London 2NE league games but started sluggishly, and the visitors capitalised.
Hammersmith utilised their dynamic back three and the holes in Walden’s cover defence to run in four tries. The visitors’ kicker split the uprights each time to give his side a 28-0 lead.
With five minutes of the half remaining, Walden finally delivered good ball to the backs. Centre Harry Stocking started the move with a burst through the middle, which ended with a penalty and a sin bin for an illegal tackle.
Walden took advantage of their extra man to sent winger Paul Marshall over in the corner. The conversion was missed and Walden turned around trailing 28-5.
For all their dominance in the first period, Hammersmith were found wanting in the second and only managed to add a penalty at the end of the game to add gloss to the scoreline.
Walden, on the other hand, were tantalising and if they could have produced for 80 minutes, rather than 40, it could have been their name in the third round.
Winger David Patch darted over for a converted try at the start of the second-half before Mark Kimberley added another after concerted pressure deep in Hammersmith’s territory resulted in an interception.
The defensive dominance continued from the kick-off as Walden pinned their opponents in their own half. Hammersmith conceded a penalty and Tom Price obliged but the visitors had the last laugh with a late kick as they ran out nine-point winners.