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  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammers 1s v Rochford – Match Report

    Hammers vs Rochford

    The return of cup rugby called on the sun to come out over the hallowed turf of Hurlingham Park for what looked a tough fixture for the Hammers on paper, particularly given recent results from both sides.

    After another great performance but tough result away from home to Nigerians last week, the Hammers were as keen as ever to get a win especially with the long-awaited return of James Smart to the starting line-up.

    The Hammers came out pumped in the first 10, putting their strong runners to use and stuck Rochford on the back foot in their own half. A few changes in possession and some good defensive pressure from the home side led to Rochford making handling errors early doors, and handed possession back to Hammers pack on a number of occasions.

    After a string of strong phase play, a quick switch of play led to debutant Jack Hooper with one man to beat in the corner. A quick step inside his opposite man was enough to allow a glamorous dive over the line for the cameras. 2 post-match pints please for debut try scorer… 5-0 Hammers.

    The remainder of the first half consisted of strong defensive play from both sides, each exchanging big hits on every possible occasion including one particularly big (offside) hit on Hammers lock Ryan Thomson… thoughts on whether or not he remembers that one this morning?

    Soon after, Rochford struck back with some good footwork and support lines in the backs, bringing the game back level.

    It was clear to see the game was open for the backs to play round the flanks and a great chip over the top from Jack Hooper towards the try line saw the Hammers forwards secure a turnover ball 5 metres out from the line. No try on this occasion.

    Second half started well once again for the hammers with flanker Magnus making a clever dart through the middle of an open ruck to create some forward momentum. A string of offloads and fantastic support lines from fellow gingers Hooper and Hamish ended up with the man who started the move, Magnus, finishing in style over the white wash bringing the hammers back level and into the game.

    The latter stages of the second half saw Rochford take control and put more points on the board. Some great individual efforts from the Rochford 15 left the home team facing another defeat but certainly with some positives against a very well structured team.

    Next week the Hammers are expecting nothing but a win on home turf in the league against Enfield, and will be looking to start a run of W’s going into the Christmas period.

    FT: Hammers 18, Rochford 48

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammersmith & Fulham RFC 40th Anniversary Lunch

    Hammersmith and Fulham RFC are celebrating their 40th anniversary so make sure you don’t miss the first anniversary event of the season! Old Hams and current players from both the men’s and ladies sides will be gathering for a lunch at The Rylston, before heading down to Hurlingham Park after lunch to watch the 1st XV take on old rivals Chiswick.

    Details:

    Where:The Rylston Pub, Fulham

    When: 25 November 2017

    Cost: £25 a head

    What’s included: 3 course meal, drink on arrival, wine on the table, port or brandy with cheeseboard

    How to book: Email communications@fulhamrugby.co.uk with how many places you’d like.

     

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammers 2s v Bishops Stortford – Match Report

    Hammersmith & Fulham 2nds     vs.   Bishops Stortford 3rds (Mitres) – 07.10.17

    On Saturday Hammersmith & Fulham 2s travelled up to Bishops Stortford, a team that had won 1 out of their 2 previous league games.  The Hammers needed to get the blood pumping quickly having arrived just 30 minutes before kick-off and having spent over 1.5 hrs on the bus (or an overnight flight for some). Despite this, the Hammers did switch on quickly and had a resilient defence for the first 15 minutes as Bishops Stortford applied strong and persistent pressure by retaining possession and staying in the Hammers’ half. After a few unforced ‘butter-fingers’ handling moments by the Hammers, Bishops Stortford broke through, flooded the gap, and quickly ran a second phase of play which resulted in a try being scored in the corner, 5-0.

    Bishops Stortford quickly capitalised on the momentum that their first try had given them with some large units making strong carries and yards being gained around the rucks and in the centres despite an organised Hammers defence. About 20 minutes in Bishops Stortford crossed the line in the centres after a set-piece play and 2 phases, 10-0. The Hammers wanted to hit back badly but were denied possession from the kick off and, the same Bishops Stortford player crossed the line, 17-0.

    Despite the Bishops Stortford pack dominating the scrum there were some great pick-ups under pressure by Hammers’ 8, Johnson, and service to the backs by 9, Leith. The Hammers knew it was critical to get points on the board before half time in order to stay in the game. The Hammers pack managed to slow down the pace and won a turn over. Looking to capitalise on this the Hammers built the phases and won a penalty which was kicked into the corner for a lineout to put the Hammers 5m from the Bishops Stortford line. A strongly contested but well-controlled lineout catch and drive by the forwards saw the Hammers cross the line. The try scorer? Jack Hooper – winger! Conversion by Morrow, 22-7. Just before half-time Bishops Stortford managed to cement their lead and hit back before half time after catching the Hammers on the back foot, 27-7.

    Hammersmith and Fulham started the second half the better side and set out to play their style of rugby. Hammers’ centres, Bowen & Hall, tested Bishops Stortford’s tackling and managed to make good yards on several occasions with Hall preferring the most direct route – over the top of the tackler and legs pumping. The 8-9-10 link for Fulham worked well and yards were made against the opposition 10 channel as well, as advised by coach Riki at half-time. Around the 60 minute mark the opposition seized upon a 50:50 penalty decision and Bishops Stortford kicked for the corner. Bishops Stortford put on a solid drive from 10m out and a controlled maul turned the penalty decision into points, 32-7. With the opposition looking to close the game out they kicked for territory but the Hammersmith & Fulham back 3 worked together well and countered effectively in more broken play. Bishops Stortford crashed over the line with a pick-and-go after a length of the pitch counter, 37-7.

    The Hammers look forward to the rematch against Bishops Stortford later in the season, and also to having significantly less muscle cramp. The bus trip debutants survived, just.

    Final Score: 39-7

    MOM: Chris Hall – who embodied ‘run it straight bro’

    Tin Man: Rogan – SNAFU on the kit front

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammers Ladies 1s v Old Albanians – Match Report

    Perfect rugby weather and the first fun bus of the season saw 17 sterling Hammerettes travel away to OAs for our first meeting of the season. The atmosphere was calm despite lack of numbers, injuries and the task that awaited us.

    2.45pm saw us go into battle with Mark’s secret squirrel game plan (read slow the game down at every opportunity in whatever manner to conserve energy). The first 20 minutes was hard fought with big hits and runs coming in from both sides. OAs, keen to win the league this season, tested us again and again. I think they’d hoped it would be an easy match as we had tried to rearrange the fixture due to injury and lack of numbers. However, in true hammers style we proved them wrong. Some great handling from them though saw the first try and conversion of the match. Another 20 minutes of battling saw them score again and be awarded a yellow card for dodgy handling in the rucks, but also gave us what we deserved, our first try and conversion from Michelle just before half time. 14-7.

    The second half brought more of the same. OAs had started to panic however as the easy game they had thought would happen did not materialise. They tried to bring on the big gun (international player) but apart from her handoff technique she could not break through our defensive line.

    It was quite stop start with the number of (cough) injuries. We really do need a code word so I don’t have a heart attack on the pitch. Again some beautiful handing from OAs brought them their 3rd try of the game. Our heads did not drop and our solid unit prevented them from scoring again and getting a bonus point. Final score 21-7.

    I would like to point out here that the forwards were formidable, all the hard training has paid off in beautifully executed mauls and scrum turnovers. I would like to thank them for letting me into the pack in order to conserve my leg, it was a lot of fun! 

    Forward of the match went to Hannah for her Amazonian runs and big hits consistently throughout the match on a dodgy ankle.

    Back of the match went to Sophie T playing at fly half for her defensive work and kicking skills that saw many an OA attack thwarted.

    Special pint went to our beautiful Becki who played her last match for the Hammers or so she thinks! She is leaving us to work for her other passion in life. We will miss her greatly but once a Hammer always a Hammer and she will always be welcome.

    Special thanks go to Alison for running touch, Aleena on her first Hammers outing for being water girl and assistant Physio, HP for giving up NFL tickets and her battle with SEtrains, Annabel for her versatility in playing forward then back then forward then back, Marion for her 100% commitment to the team despite injury and her hugs, Helene for stepping in and speaking at the end when I was a blubbering mess, Bhomdat and Andy for their consistent support and supply of port, Frenchie for stepping in like a warrior to help with numbers despite her retirement, Arienne and Will, the Collings clan, Annabel’s parents for coming along to support, and as always, Mark for believing in what we are capable of and can achieve.

    Sorry about the Oscars speech but a lot goes unnoticed and we would not be the hammers without them. Apologies if I have forgotten anyone. I am so proud of our efforts on the pitch and proud to be part of the hammers team.

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammers Ladies team posted for match v. Romford

    Ladies squad announced for home match against Romford, this Sunday, 8th October. Kick off at 2pm, come down and support if you’re free!

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammerween 2018

    Where: McGettigans

    When: Saturday 28 October, 8pm

    Hammerween is back and the theme this year is Tropical! Tropicalloween!

    So get dressed up in your hula hula dresses, don your Hawaiian shirts, bring your pet parrots, throw on your floral necklaces and add a splash of zombie/blood for one of the best nights in the Hammers calendar.

    Get keen and all friends welcome!

     

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammers 1s v Harpenden – Match Report
    Hammersmith and Fulham hosted Harpenden on the last Saturday of the opening month into the season. Hammers needing to kick start their campaign with a win in September.
    Hammers begun spritely with a good pattern off the kick off leading to a Penalty in front of Harpenden’s posts. Josh Thomas continued his form with the boot. 3-0. Harpenden came back strong and showed their skill and pace for the rest of the half.
     
    Harpenden’s level of intensity was above the Hammers with their forwards showing great dexterity with the offloads. Releasing their backs with blistering pace and accurate passing. This lead, to 5 out of the 6 tries being ran in by the back contingent in the first half.
    The Hammers struggled to keep up with the pace injected in this first half and the second looked like it would be the making for a long day at the office.
    3-38 HT
    H&F started like the first, with promising play from the lineout and the back line playing the quarters well. Controlling the possession for the first ten minutes but one scintillating attack from Harpenden led to the hatrick of Harpendens Left wing.
    Hammers were not to be deterred by the score line and the focus was to win the half. The management rung the changes and this brought more impetus into the ball carrying.
    A good move from Tommy Kanauros sniping around the ruck and finished by Josh Thomas off his shoulder to go under the posts. Converted by himself.
    With his trademark barnstorming runs, Angus Lean – Man of the Match, allowed Hammers to get in behind Harpenden giving H&F the phase play they missed in the first half.
    A quick taken throw allowed good passing across the pitch to allow back row come-winger, Ultan Bruton, to dive over in the corner. James Lo not content with not getting on the scoresheet broke 3 tackles to go over the whitewash, to win the half for Hammers 19-17.
    FT 22- 55
    H&F are going into October without a win under their belt and things have to change quickly to get their season back on track.
  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammers 4s v Grasshoppers – Match Report

    On a lovely Saturday afternoon Hammers travelled West to face Grasshoppers, a team who had won both opening games with bonus point wins. Upon arrival Hammers were met with a lovely pitch for some running rugby, and with an intense and accurate warm up Hammers went back into the changing room confident of starting strongly.

    Starting strong didn’t materialize and having failed to get out of the 22 after fielding the Grasshoppers kick off, Hammers were turned over and with some powerful Grasshoppers runners out wide, Hammers were soon under their posts having conceded the opening try.

    Things didn’t improve after the restart, with Grasshoppers using their kicking game to good effect to pin Hammers back in their 22. After some strong carries in the midfield, a Grasshoppers runner cut a lovely line to dot down under the posts causing Hammers to regroup once again.

    However, regroup they did. A very contestable kick off from Tim le Breton (10) led to some big forward pressure and the ball was stripped free from Grasshoppers hands. The ball was quickly passed wide where six Hammers attackers faced four Grasshoppers defenders. Some brilliant handling down the line saw John Brierly (15) touchdown in the corner, and Hammers coaches everywhere rejoiced that the decision to ditch 25 v 25 man touch in favour of 6 v 4 at training had paid off.

    Hammers then really started playing their structures and which led to holes appearing in the Grasshoppers defence. The forward pack was to the fore with some strong carries, Bertie Western Davies (6) and Tommy Hayes (2) in particular constantly sticking their hands up to truck the ball up.  This frustrated Grasshoppers, who soon found themselves down to 13 men thanks to two yellow cards for cheap shot at the ruck on Matt Perry (9), and then taking the man in the air.

    Some strong running from the Hammers midfield soon led to more good field position and a strong 5 metre scrum led to Andrew Tillbrook (8) crashing over the whitewash.

    Frustratingly, Hammers were still to concede another try before the half was out, but still headed for the half time huddle knowing they could turn this round.

    The first 15 minutes of the second half Hammers used this belief to peg Grasshoppers back in their own 22. A series of scrums and line-outs came, but frustratingly went without any further scores.

    If that was an encouraging 15 minutes of the match, the next 15 was the complete opposite. Dropped balls, missed tackles, silly penalties and numerous other errors allowed Grasshoppers to run away with the game, running in a handful of tries to effectively kill off the Hammers challenge.

    Hammers ended with a good sniping try from Matt Perry, from a quick tap penalty, but ultimately the day ended in frustrating fashion.

    Afterwards it was to the bar where James Lalor was awarded man of the match for his strong tackling and carrying, while Tommy Hayes took the tin man award for a tap and go penalty in his own 22 – on his own.

    Final Score: Grasshoppers 42 – Hammers 17

    MOTM – James Lalor

    Tin Man – Tommy Hayes

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammers 1s v Belsize Park – Match Report

    After two losses the Hammers travelled to Regent’s Park to take on the challenge of Belsize Park.  Not only was the 1st XV having to deal with a not insignificant exodus to Munich for the beer festival, but also a late injury to Captain Horsley meant a very late change with debutant Scott Templeman stepping off a plane from New York and straight into the Hooker berth.  After recent heavy defeats against Belsize the challenge was rather large.

    Stand-in Captain Blyghts told the lads that defence would determine the match, but in fact the hammers went on the attack.  Good multi-phase attacks put Belsize under pressure with the Hammers back row making good yards in the midfield channels.  The Hammers hit a fast pace, and when breaks in the game occurred the Hammers looked the fitter side.  Unfortunately the first try was completely against the run of play with the Belsize right wing scoring an unconverted try.  This was swiftly followed by a try by the Belsize prop (converted) leaving the Hammers 12-0 down.  This weeks Hammers side were full of spirit and again went on the attack with a great break by Magnus led to Fly Half Josh Thomas being held up over the line.  Minutes later the Belsize Scrum half saw yellow for a Judo throw on Tony Bryant, which sadly saw him leave the field for Oktoberfest, Josh Thomas converted the penalty.  Disappointingly the Belsize fullback scampered over at the stroke of halftime.

    HT Belsize Park 17 – Hammersmith & Fulham 3

    During the halftime team talk the Hammers felt confident that the game was still there for the taking with the Belsize team looking the more tired.  Again the Hammers back-row of Ultan, Magnus & Precious hit many tackles and made many yards and constantly badgered the Belsize defence.  Keith Rogers and Josh Thomas linked well and debutants Alex Jouan and Hamish Dalgarno return kicks with vigor and play Hammersmith into good positions and Jouan crossed for a converted try after the hour mark.

    While under pressure behind there own line Belsize gambled and scored a length of the field try to edge the game, which a further converted try by TK (conversion by Josh) could not close the gap.  The Hammers emptied their bench with Dave Bloxsom showing his pace, Ferdi Floto keeping the pressure on in the scrums and Tom Broadway making his 1s debut after many years of great work for the club.  But ultimately it was not to be.

    This was a much improved performance by Hammersmith and this was a game which could of been won against a good, well drilled side.  A tough shift follows against Harpenden, which the Hammers should be confident in their fitness, the continuity in play and their defence.

    FT Belsize Park 24 – 17 Hammersmith & Fulham

    MOM – Charlie Precious

    Tin man – Magnus

    Tries – Alex Jouan, Tommy K

    Kicks – Josh Thomas (2con, 1pen)

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Hammers Tour 2018 – Barcelona

    Hammers tours are certainly not to be missed and now the 2018 tour has now been announced! Spaces are flying so make sure get involved quickly to ensure you don’t miss out! Read on for all the info:

    LOCATION: Barcelona

    DATE: Easter weekend as always. Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April. No holiday required.

    COST: £350 in 3 instalments
    (£340 if you pay in full)

    DEPOSIT: £120

    For that you get:
    – The right to wear a Hammers blazer
    – Return Flights
    – 3 night’s accommodation
    – Tour Stash
    – Insurance
    – A Game against a local side
    – Any remaining funds used for tour beers, funding prizes for winners of Tour Super 5’s etc.

    First come first served basis. 40 spots available and around 30 have already paid!

    Contact James Darrall or Tony Bryant for bank details or check the WhatsApp group. Once you have paid don’t forget to email tony.bryant@isgplc.com

    This will be loose!

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    Hammers vs Rochford

    The return of cup rugby called on the sun to come out over the hallowed turf of Hurlingham Park for what looked a tough fixture for the Hammers on paper, particularly given recent results from both sides.

    After another great performance but tough result away from home to Nigerians last week, the Hammers were as keen as ever to get a win especially with the long-awaited return of James Smart to the starting line-up.

    The Hammers came out pumped in the first 10, putting their strong runners to use and stuck Rochford on the back foot in their own half. A few changes in possession and some good defensive pressure from the home side led to Rochford making handling errors early doors, and handed possession back to Hammers pack on a number of occasions.

    After a string of strong phase play, a quick switch of play led to debutant Jack Hooper with one man to beat in the corner. A quick step inside his opposite man was enough to allow a glamorous dive over the line for the cameras. 2 post-match pints please for debut try scorer… 5-0 Hammers.

    The remainder of the first half consisted of strong defensive play from both sides, each exchanging big hits on every possible occasion including one particularly big (offside) hit on Hammers lock Ryan Thomson… thoughts on whether or not he remembers that one this morning?

    Soon after, Rochford struck back with some good footwork and support lines in the backs, bringing the game back level.

    It was clear to see the game was open for the backs to play round the flanks and a great chip over the top from Jack Hooper towards the try line saw the Hammers forwards secure a turnover ball 5 metres out from the line. No try on this occasion.

    Second half started well once again for the hammers with flanker Magnus making a clever dart through the middle of an open ruck to create some forward momentum. A string of offloads and fantastic support lines from fellow gingers Hooper and Hamish ended up with the man who started the move, Magnus, finishing in style over the white wash bringing the hammers back level and into the game.

    The latter stages of the second half saw Rochford take control and put more points on the board. Some great individual efforts from the Rochford 15 left the home team facing another defeat but certainly with some positives against a very well structured team.

    Next week the Hammers are expecting nothing but a win on home turf in the league against Enfield, and will be looking to start a run of W’s going into the Christmas period.

    FT: Hammers 18, Rochford 48

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