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Tabard's unbeaten run ended by Chiswick
11:30am Friday 18th January 2013 in Sport
It was unlucky 13 for Tabard as in their 13th London League Two NW fixture they lost their unbeaten record after a 31-11 defeat to Chiswick.
In the first quarter of the game, Tabard paid for two of their misdemeanours with penalty goals, kicked by the Chiswick stand off Hallett, giving Chiswick a six-point lead.
Tabard then came back into the game and began to gain possession and mount attacks of their own which finally reaped the reward for a lot of pressure with a try from second row Sam Barrow. After a succession of penalties following lineout drives Tabard were awarded another penalty and Cam O’Connor took it quickly.
He was stopped short of the line but the ball was recycled quickly and Barrow forced his way over for the score. This left Chiswick with a slender 6-5 lead at the break.
The second half started badly for Tabard when Chiswick counter attacked from a kick ahead and centre Gibson went over for a converted try.
The game then settled down to Tabard enjoying a lot of possession and Chiswick defending well and always looking dangerous on the counter. For Tabard they just could not get any penetration although stand off Jack Reilly and centre Tryfan Edwards made a series of good breaks.
Wing Max Templeman also had some dangerous runs but he too was thwarted by Chiswick. Tabard did get two penalty goals kicked by Reilly for their efforts but Hallett replied for Chiswick. This led to the final few minutes with Tabard desperately trying to breach the Chiswick defence.
The inevitable happened when the opposition flanker intercepted a Tabard pass and ran the length of the pitch to score under the posts for another converted try. Then from the restart Chiswick again managed to penetrate the Tabard defence and broke down the touchline resulting in a clinical try for their full-back in the corner.
Tabard are scheduled to visit Hampstead in the league this weekend.