With Spartans winning the last four out of four games, expectations were high for this week’s away game at Hampstead. Having lost a grudge match against this team last year, we were keen to not let our team mates and club down and give these boys a run for their money.
With a heartfelt team talk from Billy, our very own version of an All Blacks Coach Carter, we were ready for anything. The game started with us receiving kick off, keeping strong ball retention, Spartans fought through the phases before Zac found a chink in Hampstead’s armor and made a great effort exploiting it, making the score five nil very early on; so far so good.
They returned the kick and we quickly turned over the ball with strong pressure on the offensive coming from Callum and Michal chasing up with the support of C Mike, we managed a turnover. Please now re-read the second half of paragraph two, as the Spartans scored again in the same manner, although this time with James England on the wing with a mixture of speed and power, now we are at 10 nil.
We had completely gelled as a team as we are attacking their line in threes, supporting our team mates in every ruck and tackle, causing fast play from Slash to make hasty passes to Zac, ready for outstanding distribution towards another eager attack, recycle and repeat.
From the rush of being 10 points up, we were leading the game with solid defense and a vicious attack which saw Captain Kev score in the corner, his effort was taxing ;) but of course, magnificent. 15 nil then and Zac deciding it would be unfair if we score any of our conversions, and decides to be sporting and let them off with a warning shot which brings down a seagull or an eagle mid flight.
Fourth try came from our newly returned and much missed lost or prodigal son, Callum, directly under the posts, not much to say here but solid work with the fast feet and steady hands. That'll do son, that'll do.
We manage to gain a lead up at 29 nil before Hampstead decide the game isn't over and manage to capitalise on a handling error by making an unexpected break and scoring in the corner after 5-6 phases of a strong rush defense.
More Spartan tries came from quick hands down the line, allowing Jake/mad dog/Poppet to score in the corner thanks to quick hands down the line from one side of the pitch to the other.
Into the second half, 34-5.
With powerful scrums we are dominating the game and using this to our advantage. Our next try is scored in an awesome rolling maul, 49-5. We were happy with that. Zac tried to kill another seagull…
We scored another try off the phase play. Zac scored the kick!
We were playing on our 22 off a clearance kick from Hampstead, when they scored from an interception from a Hollywood pass on our own 22. Admittedly this was actually fairly impressive, credit where it's due. We should probably ask him if he wants to come and play for us, I wonder if he can kick?
One more try for us before the end of the game using the same systems.
Exceptional work all round with some of the highest level rugby Spartans have played in recent years.
Needless to say we then got plastered on the coach home in celebration. Happy days. We move forward onto Chiswick on an unbeatable high.
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