Chelmsford secure win at home to Hampstead

London 2 North - Chelmsford 35 Hampstead 17

THE visitors started strongly, but once Chelmsford got into their stride, they began to dominate proceedings and gradually got on top of their opponents to score four tries and thus register a bonus point.

Fifteen minutes into the game and against the run of play, Chelmsford scrum half Rees Harris charged down a kick and ran half the length of the field to score a well-taken try, converted by fly-half Sas Wihapu.

Hampstead showed what a dangerous side they could be when they counter-attacked and ran the ball deep into Chelmsford’s half.

The ball was recycled and then Chelmsford were penalised, a quick tap-penalty was taken and some poor tackling by the home side saw Hampstead score an unconverted try.

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Wihapu increased the lead from 30 metres out when Hampstead were caught offside and then once again the visitors were penalised for not rolling away from a ruck. From the ensuing line out, the ball was spun out to Nick Hankin who scored an excellent unconverted try for 15-5.

Just before half-time, Wihapu gave Chelmsford the impetus that they needed when he ran unchallenged to the line for a try which he converted.

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Early in the second half the lead was increased to 25-5 when Wihapu slotted home another penalty.

Some 20 minutes into the half Chelmsford put the result beyond doubt when Rees Harris broke to score a great try, converted by Wihapu.

Another penalty by Wihapu took Chelmsford into a 35-5 lead, before Hampstead score two late tries.

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