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1st XV - Match centre

Harrow
Stevenage Town
A Leaman, S Basnett
Tries
I Crompton (2), M Wilson, B Cook
W Argent, W Argent
Conversions
G Lewis
W Argent, W Argent, W Argent, W Argent
Penalties
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Ill discipline costs Town

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Ill discipline cost Stevenage dear as they scored four tries to Harrow’s two but conceded twelve points from needless penalties, which made all the difference.

Stevenage only conceded ten penalties in the match, four of which came in the first ten minutes. Harrow kicked two of these to put them six points in front with Stevenage barely getting a touch of the ball. It was not only the nature of the penalties conceded but also the fact that six of them were within kickable distance of the posts.

In fact, Harrow had extended their lead to 13 – 0 with the first try of the match in the 13th minute before Stevenage started to play and got themselves back into the contest.

Harrow’s opener came from a Stevenage lost line-out and some poor tackling as Harrow No. 8, Abel Leaman charged through to score.

Harrow v Stevenage
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That was the signal for Town to start playing and they responded from their first attack of the match. Jordan Ross was instrumental in taking the ball on and from the resulting ruck, the ball was moved quickly from left to right and Ian Crompton slipped through the gap in the Harrow defence to score.

Play was pretty even for the remainder of the half and Town really needed a second score before half time to ensure they stayed in the match. This duly came with an excellent try from Michael Wilson from the last play of the half. Stevenage were moving the ball well and George Turvey broke the gain line and slipped the ball to Wilson to finish the move. From a shaky start, Stevenage had brought themselves back to a deficit of just three points going into the interval.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first with Harrow putting early points on the board and Stevenage coming back strongly.

The home side extended their lead in the 49th minute with a third penalty by full back William Argent following a tackle offence. They followed that up two minutes later with their second try of the afternoon, when Sam Basnett latched on to a loose ball in the Stevenage midfield to run seventy yards to score in the left hand corner. Argent kicked an excellent conversion from the touch line to extend the Harrow lead to 23 – 10.

Town had to reorganise when both half backs, James Crabb and Jesse Tipene succumbed to injury. Chris McGrath came on at scrum half and played well with Wilson moving to fly half from full back. It was Wilson, who in the 58th minute took on a quick penalty and when the ball was recycled back, Crompton went over for his second try of the afternoon and his fifth against Harrow in two matches this season. Gareth Lewis added the conversion and Stevenage found themselves only six points in arrears at 23 – 17.

Town really needed the next score, but it was Harrow who put further daylight between the teams with Argent’s fourth penalty of the afternoon. This time the penalty was for chat aimed at the referee.

Despite the set back, Stevenage showed determination to take the match to the wire and they responded with a fourth and bonus try in the 67th minute. This was another example of good inter play and support as the move involved Adam Amos, Bradley Cook, Lewis and Phil Pearson before Cook turned up again to drive over for the score. This wrapped up a fine performance by the ever-improving Cook.

With the score 26 – 22, Town continued to press for the winning try but their efforts were thwarted and they had to settle for both a try and a losing bonus point.

Next week is the final league game of the season against Old Streetonians, who are one point behind Town in fourth place in the league. Stevenage will need to win or draw to ensure a third place finish for the third consecutive year.

Stevenage Town Team: Michael Wilson, George Turvey, Ian Crompton, Gareth Lewis, Jordan Ross, James Crabb (Chris McGrath 41 mins), Jesse Tipene (Dave Anthony 49 mins), Jack Zbucki, Darren Outram, Bradley Cook (Ben Hodge 52 mins), Conor Mitchell (Bradley Cook 64 mins), Adam Amos, Alex Banna, Wes Moore, Phil Pearson

Subs not used: None

Tries: Ian Crompton (2)
Michael Wilson
Bradley Cook

Conversions: Gareth Lewis

Key moments

2:00
Penalty William Argent kicks a penalty for Harrow
7:00
Penalty William Argent kicks a penalty for Harrow
13:00
Try Abel Leaman scores for Harrow
14:00
Conversion William Argent kicks a conversion for Harrow
15:00
Try Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
39:00
Try Michael Wilson scores for Stevenage Town
49:15
Penalty William Argent kicks a penalty for Harrow
51:00
Try Sam Basnett scores for Harrow
52:00
Conversion William Argent kicks a conversion for Harrow
58:00
Try Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
59:00
Conversion Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
65:00
Penalty William Argent kicks a penalty for Harrow
67:00
Try Bradley Cook scores for Stevenage Town

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Harrow v Stevenage
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Harrow v Stevenage

Highlights

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68:00 Missed Conversion
Gareth Lewis misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
67:00 Try 26 - 22
Bradley Cook scores for Stevenage Town
65:00 Penalty 26 - 17
William Argent kicks a penalty for Harrow
64:00 Sub Off
Conor Mitchell is substituted off for Stevenage Town
64:00 Sub On
Bradley Cook is substituted on for Stevenage Town
59:00 Conversion 23 - 17
Gareth Lewis kicks a conversion for Stevenage Town
58:00 Try 23 - 15
Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
52:00 Sub Off
Bradley Cook is substituted off for Stevenage Town
52:00 Sub On
Ben Hodge is substituted on for Stevenage Town
52:00 Conversion 23 - 10
William Argent kicks a conversion for Harrow
51:00 Try 21 - 10
Sam Basnett scores for Harrow
49:15 Penalty 16 - 10
William Argent kicks a penalty for Harrow
49:00 Sub Off
Jesse Tipene is substituted off for Stevenage Town
49:00 Sub On
David Anthony is substituted on for Stevenage Town
41:00 Sub On
Chris McGrath is substituted on for Stevenage Town
41:00 Sub Off
James Crabb is substituted off for Stevenage Town
End of period 1
40:00 Missed Conversion
James Crabb misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
39:00 Try 13 - 10
Michael Wilson scores for Stevenage Town
20:00 Missed Penalty
William Argent misses a penalty for Harrow
16:00 Missed Conversion
James Crabb misses a conversion for Stevenage Town
15:00 Try 13 - 5
Ian Crompton scores for Stevenage Town
14:00 Conversion 13 - 0
William Argent kicks a conversion for Harrow
13:00 Try 11 - 0
Abel Leaman scores for Harrow
7:00 Penalty 6 - 0
William Argent kicks a penalty for Harrow
5:00 Missed Penalty
William Argent misses a penalty for Harrow
2:00 Penalty 3 - 0
William Argent kicks a penalty for Harrow
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As it happened

  • Harrow
  • Stevenage Town
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  • William Argent Penalty 2:00'
  • William Argent Penalty 7:00'
  • Abel Leaman Try 13:00'
  • William Argent Conversion 14:00'
  • Ian Crompton Try 15:00'
  • Michael Wilson Try 39:00'
  • James Crabb Sub Off 41:00'
  • Chris McGrath Sub On 41:00'
  • Jesse Tipene Sub Off 49:00'
  • David Anthony Sub On 49:00'
  • William Argent Penalty 49:15'
  • Sam Basnett Try 51:00'
  • Bradley Cook Sub Off 52:00'
  • Ben Hodge Sub On 52:00'
  • William Argent Conversion 52:00'
  • Ian Crompton Try 58:00'
  • Gareth Lewis Conversion 59:00'
  • Conor Mitchell Sub Off 64:00'
  • Bradley Cook Sub On 64:00'
  • William Argent Penalty 65:00'
  • Bradley Cook Try 67:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. London Welsh 22 100
2. Datchworth 22 87
3. Stevenage Town 22 79
4. Old Streetonians 22 73
5. Tabard 22 59
6. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 57
7. Harrow 22 56

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