H&D 15 - 15 Writtle
By Sean Mills
The game was set to be a thrilling encounter against Writtle wanderers
Harwich and Writtle both started off strongly with good phase play from both sides.
Harwich were first to concede several penalties which set the tone for the game, as the conditions seemed to suit the away side more than the home side.
Some good attacking play by Harwich in the first 15 minutes nearly led to several opportunities to score but Harwich failed to convert the chances.
The visitors were first to get on the board with a converted try after some poor tackling from the home side.
Harwich then nearly got a try of their own but failed to score after not executing passes very well.
At the start of the second half Writtle scored again. Making the score 0-12
Harwich then reacted quickly and started building good attacking phases, putting the travelling side under a lot of pressure, this led to Harwich’s first points of the day through a good finish from Matt Stace. The try was unconverted by Male making the score 5-12.
Harwich then carried on the momentum and score another try through good open play work and good overloading.
The second try came through captain Ciaran Osbourne. The try was converted by Eldridge.
Making the the score tied.
Harwich were then awarded a try five minutes to go, Eldridge converted the penalty to take Harwich into the lead for the first time in the match.
Harwich then turned the ball over in their own 22 after a good bit of rucking from Male. But Harwich gave away a penalty in the front of the posts which Writtle kicked.
To the end the match at 15-15.
Man of the match was Josh Leeks.
Harwich travel away to local rivals Mersea islands in what is to be a good contested game.
Match report by Adam Eldridge.