Colchester Rugby Club give it their all but come up short at Hertford

Colchester captain Liam Pickett makes another line out successful

Colchester captain Liam Pickett makes another line out successful - Credit: Archant

National League 3 - Hertford 27 Colchester 18

Colchester line-out is a successful with No.8, Danny Whiteman

Colchester line-out is a successful with No.8, Danny Whiteman - Credit: Archant

Colchester gave their all but could not overcome an experienced Hertford side in a game spoiled for both teams by an outbreak of yellow fever.

The referee’s use of yellow cards and lengthy lectures disrupted play in a game with little foul play by either team.

Colchester’s possession and position were not reflected on the scoreboard at a time when relegation threatens and points are precious.

Skipper Liam Pickett once more led by example, dominating the line-out with support from veteran lock Eli Castle and flanker Rob Pickard.

Colchester scrum half and man of the match Brett Cutbush breaks with the ball at Hertford

Colchester scrum half and man of the match Brett Cutbush breaks with the ball at Hertford - Credit: Archant


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The Hertford pack settled more quickly than their visitors who conceded a scrum penalty, converted into three points by home fly-half Ben Lloyd. Colchester responded by driving to the Hertford line where handling in a ruck cost the hosts a penalty that James Crozier kicked to level the scores.

Colchester continued to press, not releasing earning another penalty Crozier kicked to put them ahead.

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Eli Castle was felled by a high tackle, the referee raising an arm to indicate a penalty but allowing play to continue until Colchester were penalized for handling on the floor. Hertford kicked the penalty to the corner, a line-out win leading to a try for flanker Chris Joannu.

Colchester replacement flanker Alex Rayment came on whilst hard tackling Joe Flexman received treatment – only to be yellow carded on his first contact for not releasing. Hertford used their man advantage to good effect, wing Michael Allan scoring a try Elliott converted for the halftime 20-6 lead.

A Colchester knock on from the restart kick gifted Hertford field position, a series of driving scrums ending with a pushover try. Colchester rallied and went on to dominate possession and position for the majority of the second half.

The Colchester pack rumbled forward in a series of pick and go drives, forcing their way to their opponent’s tryline where wing Jordan Fenton crossed out wide for a try.

Cuttbush’s quick thinking ended Colchester frustration with a hoisted kick to the corner where full back Damien Brambley plucked the ball out of the air to score. Crozier’s conversion ended the scoring.

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