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  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-09-17 (1st XV vs. London Nigerian)

    Hammers back to winning ways with bonus point victory against London Nigerian.

    On a cold day the Hammers ventured to a place that probably doesn’t even has a Tfl tube zone to take on London Nigerian at the Imperial College fields near Heathrow to get the season back on track.

    With Charlie Bond adding his considerable bulk to the second row and Tony Bryant returning the Hammers were largely unchanged. London Nigerian started the game but managed to win the ball from their own kick off. A string of attacks saw them make no ground with an eventual penalty going the Hammers way for holding on. Alex Gee had the luck of the wind and with the kick placing the Hammers in the Nigerian 22 they were quickly back on the offensive. A well executed 5 man line out and free flowing back move saw J’Lo get back to scoring ways to go over in the right hand corner on the first phase. Jack Sarge mustered enough strength from the old pegs to get the extras from the corner like a veteran sniper.

    With the Hammers securing the ball from the kick off they started to put some phases together and make some good hard yards with Tim Mac getting the better of his opposite number with a powerful run. Despite some good yards a knock on saw the first scrum of the game. The first scrum was a relatively evenly match affair but with the wheel and resulting new put in the Hammers demolished the Nigerian scrum to win the penalty for Alex Gee to put them on the Nigerian 5 yard line. A well-formed maul from the line out saw the Hammers slowly creep forward but a breakaway cell led by James Darrel saw the Hammers dot down over the line to go two tries up. From the mass of bodies it was Mark Blyghton who emerged as the try scorer to do the unthinkable and score 2 tries in 2 years with expertise in reminding the young Darrel that the ball must now be passed back (by the end of the evening this try and resultant 1 yard fall saw him round the full back and beat the winger for pace to go in from 80 yards unopposed).

    With Sarge adding the conversion the Hammers were 14 – 0 up and looked comfortable but then the concentration slipped. With Nigerian gathering the ball from the re-start they worked up field but made little ground. It was only a penalty that was to the Hammers undoing and from the 22 Nigerian added 3 points to reduce their deficit. From the kick off and in the ascendancy Nigerian secured their ball and with a missed tackle took play to inside the Hammers half. A penalty saw them secure a line out in the Hammers 22 with no success but when the Hammers forwards stole the ball some madness saw the backs decide to run from behind the try line and with a Sonny Bill style offload going to floor the Hammers then had to scrum on their own 5.

    A powerful shunt saw Nigerian forced to play the ball out wide and it wasn’t long before then territory and pressure succeeded with the Nigerian 9 scoring. Conversion missed it was 14 – 8.

    Switching on again the Hammers then put Nigerian back under pressure from the kick off forcing them into a poor box kick into the hands of the effective Lo. Some more powerful runs saw the Hammers make in-roads with the score coming thanks to old (but not as old as Sarge) Si Doherty. He slipped through a gap and provided the offload to the rangy Scotsman Angus who dotted down under the posts. Sarge added the extras to close the half 21 – 8 and in full control.

    The beginning of the first half saw the Hammers fail to turn up and instantly find themselves under pressure with a lineout in their 22. The resultant maul saw Charlie Bond sent to the bin for 10 minutes and in the 10 minute period saw Nigerian score twice to close the gap.

    Weathering the fight back and with Bond back on the Hammers eventually secured some ball after high pressure defence. A turnover saw the Nigerian defence in dis-array and quick hands saw J’Lo only need to beat his man to score in the corner.

    Scrappy play continued to blight both teams with each trying to outdo each other with needless offloads. Another finely executed lineout and back line move saw J’Lo cross again to take the Hammers to 31 – 20 up but Nigerian were to make the last minute a highly tense affair after their backs crossed to bring the scores to 31 – 25. With the kick off needing to be legal and Nigerian securing possession the Hammers held firm and with Nigerian making little ground they soon gave away the penalty allowing Gallo to put the ball in touch and secure the bonus point victory.

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-09-11 (Ladies XV vs. Southwold Swallows)

    It was a beautiful day for rugby and fortunately the boys took one for the team and played in the rain the previous day so that we could have a slightly softer ground for a change. The opposition, Southward Swallows, were late despite leaving at in the early hours of the morning (cannot wait for the 3 hour fun bus in January) which left us not much time to spy on them during the warm up. As they are a new team in the league we didn’t know quite what to expect but decided to play our organised attacking style right from the start. When we scored our first try relatively quickly we were happy but perhaps not expecting the insane number of tries that followed (11!). I would love to describe every single one of them but my memory post game is below average at the best of times.

    The summary is as follows: The forwards did a great job in the scrum/line out/mauls, often stealing the ball and winning their scrums (playing against Romford prepared us well). In open play we did a few red balls and then shipped it out to the backs. Either the centres would break through their defensive line or the ball went all the way to the wing/full back and we then made a lot of ground and/or scored a try. There were some nice backs moves and side steps in there and it was beautiful to watch. I’m still a little disappointed that there was not a single forward try in there but let’s just all blame Caroline for not scoring off that amazing maul we did.

    Final score 76-7 (they snuck one in at the end). Forward of the match went to Tappers, mostly for her kicking of course, but also possibly for always being a great option and taking the ball in at a great distance from the breakdown. Back of the match went to Hannah who not only scored lots of tries and had great line breaks but also does some wonderful kicking (not counting the kick off). We had a few extra pints to give out to Ayala for her amazing debut for the Hammers (never leave please), a congratulatory pint for Caitlin as she just got married and a good bye pint for Jo as she is abandoning us (sad face).

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Match report: 2016-08-20 (Ladies XV vs. Teddington)

    The first 20 minutes saw Teddington mainly dominate in our 22, with there wing finally breaking our amazing defence - they scored the first try of the game. Well converted by Teddingtons number 10. 7-0 Our defence was on form, great tackles, great rucks and good communication. Especially from Kiara - our newbie who had never tackled before! - she smashed them.

    We then saw our on-loan burping, alcohol induced sick prop run of the pitch to be sick! Which bought on Sammy Jo, our new speedy wing. This resulted in non contested scrums (but that was a relief after already doing 30 scrums!)

    Unfortunately a well placed kick from Teddington saw the ball go loose over the line and with everyone sprinting after it- Sammy Jo in front was pipped to the post by Teddingtons fast back player and this too was converted. (Sammy Jo was fined in our post match Fun Grass Court banter fines & toast - for not landing on the ball first! With an expensive bottle of Blossom Hill Rose!) - Im nice like that!

    The first 20 saw 30 scrums in 20 minutes!! Forwards really dominated in defence. Massive well done to Frenchie for staying on and giving it all with her insect bitten fat foot! So a massive well done to the forwards practicing there technique- remaining strong and working well.

    Second 20: Sammy Jo - First Match, First try. A glorious try scored from our newbie! a well read and feed ball from Ella to a fast paced SJ - saw her speed on the ball, out run 2 Teddington defenders, she was tackled at the line but with pure determination she got that ball over the line for our 1st try of the season.

    A Further spectacular play from the backs saw some lovely loops and with a great side step dogde with a very well read line from Leah- saw her brake the defence, sprint and she scored another try right at the posts.

    One injury to Teddington saw us go down to 12 players.

    Further great Red balls through to Blue balls saw another well supported backs try from Jo. Her great hands and speed and work with winger Charlotte saw a great try. Leah, Jo, Ella, SJ and Charlotte absolutely dominated - with some of the best backs play I’ve ever seen.

    Final 20: Well, Hammers were smashing the opposition left right and centre. Some great defence from Tappers - literally holding up the ball and the players allowed for many mauls and penalties and all balls were won. Teddington got very close to scoring again on the line - but again- great tackles and some interceptions saw us dominate ball holding in the last quarter.

    They had a very big forward who just tried to smash through us but everyone tackled her - with Leah putting her back in her place with an amazing ground thud of a tackle!

    The last quarter shows Teddington getting tired - with high tackles, cheap hand offs in the face and lack of power to keep the sprints going. Where we showed better physical and mental fitness.

    The final and best try of the game was from Ella. She did some amazing dodging, getting past 3 players in the line, she literally zig zagged past another 3 others down the pitch and scored a try! She read the game beautifully and her pure skills through out the game saw a well deserved try.

    Round 1 14 - 0 This round saw Teddington mainly dominate in our 22, with there wing finally breaking our amazing defence - they scored the first try of the game. Well converted by Teddingtons number 10. 7-0 Our defence was on form, - great tackles, great rucks and good communication. Especially from Kiara - our newbie who had never tackled before! - she smashed them.

    We then saw our on-loan burping, alcohol induced sick prop run of the pitch to be be sick! Which bought on Sammy Jo- our new speedy wing. This resulted in non contested scrums ( but that was a relief after already doing 30 scrums!)

    Unfortunately a well placed kick from Teddington saw the ball go loose over the line and with everyone sprinting after it- Sammy Jo in front was pipped to the post by Teddingtons fast back player and this too was converted. (Sammy Jo was fined in our post match Fun Grass Court banter fines & toast - for not landing on the ball first! With an expensive bottle of Blossom Hill Rose!) - Im nice like that!

    1st round saw 30 scrums in 20 minutes!! Forwards really dominated in defence. Massive well done to Frenchie for staying on and giving it all with her insect bitten fat foot! So a massive well done to the forwards practicing there technique- remaining strong and working well.

    2nd try Round 2 15-14 Sammy Jo - First Match, First try. A glorious try scored from our newbie! a well read and feed ball from Ella to a fast paced SJ - saw her speed on the ball, out run 2 Teddington defenders, she was tackled at the line but with pure determination she got that ball over the line for our 1st try of the season.

    Further spectacular play from the backs saw some lovely loops and with a great side step dogde with a very well read line from Leah- saw her brake the defence, sprint and she scored another try right at the posts.

    One injury to Teddington saw us go down to 12 players.

    Further great Red balls through to Blue balls saw another well supported backs try from Jo. Her great hands and speed and work with winger Charlotte saw a great try. Leah, Jo, Ella, SJ and Charlotte absolutely dominated - with some of the best backs play I’ve ever seen.

    Round 3 25-14

    Well Hammers were smashing the opposition left right and centre. Some great defence from Tappers - literally holding up the ball and the players allowed for many mauls and penalties and all balls were won. Teddington got very close to scoring again on the line - but again- great tackles and some interceptions saw us dominate ball holding in the last quarter.

    They had a very big forward who just tried to smash through us but everyone tackled her - with Leah putting her back in her place with an amazing ground thud of a tackle! Yes LEAH! You beast!

    The last quarter shows Teddington getting tired - with high tackles, cheap hand offs in the face and lack of power to keep the sprints going. Where we showed better physical and mental fitness.

    The fourth try came from Jo again - with a great steal - she sprinted THE WHOLE PITCH (this time with support!)

    Great jumping from Annie Mac saw us win all our line outs. So well done to Lauren and Taps for great lifting & Alison for straight throws (unlike Teddington)

    The final and best try of the game was from Ella. She did some amazing dodging, getting past 3 players in the line, she literally zig zagged past another 3 others down the pitch and scored a try! She read the game beautifully and her pure skills through out the game saw a well deserved try.

    Massive thanks to Debbie for taking Captain duties on the pitch. Her constant leadership, chat and ‘here sir, here sir…sir sir sir will be missed!!!! She lead us as a team and looked after everyone well.

    Round 1 14 - 0 This round saw Teddington mainly dominate in our 22, with there wing finally breaking our amazing defence - they scored the first try of the game. Well converted by Teddingtons number 10. 7-0 Our defence was on form, - great tackles, great rucks and good communication. Especially from Kiara - our newbie who had never tackled before! - she smashed them.

    We then saw our on-loan burping, alcohol induced sick prop run of the pitch to be be sick! Which bought on Sammy Jo- our new speedy wing. This resulted in non contested scrums ( but that was a relief after already doing 30 scrums!)

    Unfortunately a well placed kick from Teddington saw the ball go loose over the line and with everyone sprinting after it- Sammy Jo in front was pipped to the post by Teddingtons fast back player and this too was converted. (Sammy Jo was fined in our post match Fun Grass Court banter fines & toast - for not landing on the ball first! With an expensive bottle of Blossom Hill Rose!) - Im nice like that!

    1st round saw 30 scrums in 20 minutes!! Forwards really dominated in defence. Massive well done to Frenchie for staying on and giving it all with her insect bitten fat foot! So a massive well done to the forwards practicing there technique- remaining strong and working well.

    2nd try Round 2 15-14 Sammy Jo - First Match, First try. A glorious try scored from our newbie! a well read and feed ball from Ella to a fast paced SJ - saw her speed on the ball, out run 2 Teddington defenders, she was tackled at the line but with pure determination she got that ball over the line for our 1st try of the season.

    Further spectacular play from the backs saw some lovely loops and with a great side step dogde with a very well read line from Leah- saw her brake the defence, sprint and she scored another try right at the posts.

    One injury to Teddington saw us go down to 12 players.

    Further great Red balls through to Blue balls saw another well supported backs try from Jo. Her great hands and speed and work with winger Charlotte saw a great try. Leah, Jo, Ella, SJ and Charlotte absolutely dominated - with some of the best backs play I’ve ever seen.

    Round 3 25-14

    Well Hammers were smashing the opposition left right and centre. Some great defence from Tappers - literally holding up the ball and the players allowed for many mauls and penalties and all balls were won. Teddington got very close to scoring again on the line - but again- great tackles and some interceptions saw us dominate ball holding in the last quarter.

    They had a very big forward who just tried to smash through us but everyone tackled her - with Leah putting her back in her place with an amazing ground thud of a tackle! Yes LEAH! You beast!

    The last quarter shows Teddington getting tired - with high tackles, cheap hand offs in the face and lack of power to keep the sprints going. Where we showed better physical and mental fitness.

    The fourth try came from Jo again - with a great steal - she sprinted THE WHOLE PITCH (this time with support!)

    Great jumping from Annie Mac saw us win all our line outs. So well done to Lauren and Taps for great lifting & Alison for straight throws (unlike Teddington)

    The final and best try of the game was from Ella. She did some amazing dodging, getting past 3 players in the line, she literally zig zagged past another 3 others down the pitch and scored a try! She read the game beautifully and her pure skills through out the game saw a well deserved try.

    Massive thanks to Debbie for taking Captain duties on the pitch. Her constant leadership, chat and ‘here sir, here sir…sir sir sir will be missed!!!! She lead us as a team and looked after everyone well.

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: Social: Will the Southern Hemisphere make it 10 in a row?

    Has the northern hemisphere turned loosing into a tradition?

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: News: Hammers put in at the Jack Fishwick Charity 7s

    On July 30th 2016 the Hammers put in a set of performances at the Jack Fishwick Charity 7s, hosted at Wimbledon RFC. In support of this brave young man, who like our own Stuart Mangan suffered a life changing injury that has confined him to a wheelchair, the Hammersmith & Fulham RFC 7s side swept the pools, won a close quarter final only to fee their day end at the hands of a stong PWC side. Regardless, driven by great performances from the likes of James Lo, Tony B, newcomer Stephen Goode, Will North, Huw Bowen and a forwards division that included Theo the Greek, and of course, The Better Bottino brother, whilst supported by from the sideline by many Hammers with beers in hand, a great day was had in the support of this most worthy of causes.

    For pictures and live game footage of the day, head over to the club’s facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/HammersRugby/?fref=ts

  • Fulham and Hammersmith Rugby: News: Preseason is on like Donkey Kong - and we are getting ready for the Hog Roast!

    After a long summer away carbo loading and rehydrating, Hammers are back in action, and the numbers are only getting bigger! With one eye on the Hog Roast on the 20th August, shirts are up for grabs! New to Rugby? Get involved. Experienced player looking to take your Rugby to the next level? We’ve saved a spot for you - so what are you waiting for? Get down to Hurlingham park for 7:30 on Tuesday and Thursday, block out the 20th August, and get ready to make the best decision of your life.

  • London Met Police News Feed: POP Awards
    Application process now open for the Annual London Problem Orientated Partnership Awards.
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    Application process now open for the Annual London Problem Orientated Partnership Awards.
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