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Strong Start For The Mighty Hanwell RFC

October 8, 2014 by

W5 Physio’s sponsored local rugby team, Hanwell RFC, have continued their good start to the new season with a fantastic come-from-behind last minute victory in the Middlesex Vase Competition, against opponents Hammersmith & Fulham, who play in a higher league and were undefeated coming into the Hanwell match.

2 early tries to H&S saw the scoreboard read 0-14 against Hanwell who initially struggled to get into the game. Hanwell fought back to trail 10-21 at half time, and then scored a try in the 78th minute to get to 20-21 to H&S, but painfully, the conversion was unsuccessful. But, dear reader, Hanwell were not finished yet. Here’s Hanwell RFC co-founder John Bodman to re-tell the epic conclusion!

“With the referee indicating that the game would restart with just 1 minute left the play, the home side gathered the restart and began to make progress into the opposition half. Building phase after phase, the Hammersmith defence was stretched to the point where they halted the Hanwell attack illegally.

With the penalty awarded to the home team, the referee advised that this was to be the final play and that Hanwell could not kick for touch. Flanker Michael Durkin, thinking quickly, took the tap penalty and headed directly for the Hammersmith defenders, hoping to gain a further penalty for the visitors not retreating the full ten metres. However, in their rush to get back, two Hammersmith defenders turned their back on Durkin, who ran for the space between them.

With just the fullback to beat, Durkin opted to run over the defender rather than risk going around and he grounded the ball deep in the corner to give Hanwell a last gasp victory.

With the win already sealed, fullback Kevin Falvey stepped forward to take the hardest conversion of the game, far out wide. This time, the ball flew straight through the centre of the yellow ribbon covered posts to bring a breath taking game to an end and put Hanwell through to the next round”.

Good luck in the next round from all the team at W5 Physio!

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