Ab­bots thrive on new coach’s ex­pe­ri­ence

RUGBY

Harefield Gazette - - ADULT SERVICES 18+ -

HILLING­DON Ab­bots con­tin­ued their prepa­ra­tions for the new Herts/Mid­dle­sex Two cam­paign with a nar­row vic­tory over London Nige­ri­ans, writes Phil Mar­shall.

Ab­bots won by a sin­gle point (32-31) un­der the watchful eye of their new coach, for­mer Rugby League star Brimah Keb­bie.

Keb­bie played for St He­lens and Sara­cens and has coached Im­pe­rial Col­lege and Satur­day’s op­po­nents Nige­ri­ans, so it was per­haps no sur­prise, given his knowl­edge, that Hilling­don edged this one.

Brett Parn­ham broke the dead­lock with the first of his two tries of the af­ter­noon and Neil Gordge got on the score­sheet early on with a well-taken ef­fort. El­liot Wake did his part with the kick­ing.

Niall Mclough­lin, Liam Mcpher­son and Ben Foster were also in­stru­men­tal. How­ever, it was Wake who set­tle the contest with a penalty.

Hilling­don Ab­bots host the Terry Wool­ley Memo­rial match on Satur­day.

Club stal­wart Wool­ley gave more than 50 years to his club as player, mem­ber and cap­tain, and was the prime de­vel­oper of mini and youth rugby at Old Ab­bot­sto­ni­ans. Any­one wish­ing to play, even for five min­utes, should call Stu­art Parkin on 07855 327 441.

Uxbridge’s RFU Ju­nior Vase ad­ven­ture was over be­fore it had re­ally be­gun as they fell at the first hur­dle fol­low­ing a 76-14 loss to Mer­ton.

Ruis­lip be­gan their London One North sea­son with a 41-22 de­feat at Bark­ing.

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