Close encounter at Grasshoppers

Seniors: First XV: 23rd November 2019

Grasshoppers 23 18 Hackney
Grasshoppers welcomed Hackney to Syon Lane, albeit under heavy grey clouds and persistent drizzle throughout. The game was typical of the old cliché of a game of two halves between two evenly matched sides with similar styles of play. Hackney kicked-off from the railway end, play was fairly even, but Gs conceded a penalty in their 22 - Hackney seeing an opportunity took a tap penalty and ran in to score a try – converted after 5 minutes. From the restart Hackney moved into G’s 22 and from a line-out followed by a couple of forward drives moved the ball through their backs to touch-down in the corner – unconverted to increase their lead to 0-12 after 8 minutes. From the restart Gs recovered the ball and continued to have all the play. Gs pressure and passing finally told and following a penalty kicked to the corner a smart move at the front of the resulting line-out saw hooker Jack Walkden run in a try – unconverted after 28 minutes, to bring the score to 5-12. From the restart Gs won a penalty which was duly kicked by stand-off Jason Lee to reduce the deficit to 8-15 after 38 minutes. The remainder of the half was even and closed with Hackney leading 8-15. Kicking off the second half attacking the school end Gs started on the front foot keeping play in Hackney’s half eventually with Hackney conceding a penalty, seeing his chance Jasper Rose took a quick tap penalty and surged through the defence for a try duly converted by Jason Lee to bring the score level at 15-15 after 55 minutes. Play continued from the restart with Gs forwards beginning to get the upper hand, but back came Hackney and play continued end to end, eventually from a scrum in Hackney’s 22 Gs won a penalty, which was kicked by Jason Lee to take the lead 18-15 after 75 minutes. From the restart following a brief scrappy phase with the ball being kicked around on the ground as if in a pinball machine Blaise Salle got his hands on the ball and powered over to touch down in the corner – unconverted after 78 minutes to increase the lead to 23-15. From the restart Gs conceded a penalty, which Hackney kicked to bring the score to 23-18 after 78 minutes. With Hackney now on the up and seeing a chance of a draw with a try or win if converted, they surged up to Gs 22 from the restart, but Gs defence held firm to close out the win 23-18. However, despite Gs maintaining their 100% home win record, there were some aspects to be discussed between the coaches and players.

Recruitment

Grasshoppers Rugby is always recruiting players of all standards to join our great club. We boast fabulous facilities consisting of 3 pitches (all floodlit). The main pitch is an AGP 3G surface which is used for training and league fixtures.

We boast an excellent on site purpose built gym for the use of all our players.


We have a great coaching team, with Clive See as Head Coach ably assisted by Munster man Asst Head & Defence Coach, Jerry Hedigan and Backs Coach Sean Connor, all with a wealth of coaching experience. We are also fortunate to have Mike Cudmore assisting as a Forwards specialist Coach.

In addition, and ongoing throughout the season, we have a specialist Rugby Strength & Conditioning Coach, Stuart Aimer, vastly experienced working at International 7s level.

If you are interested in joining a friendly but ambitious club then please turn up on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm.
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Alternatively call, message or e-mail 
Director of Rugby, Juan Murray,  on 07956116016 
mail: juanmurray67@icloud.com 

* Due to the current COVID 19 situation Pre-season Training (in line with the RFU's Return to Rugby Roadmap) will start on Saturday 18th July 2020 at 11.00 am to 12.30pm, under strict hygiene conditions.
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