Thursday, 11 August 2022

Hallett bags hat-trick to help side secure place in plate final

ABBEY progressed to the final of the Berkshire Plate, comfortably defeating hosts Crowthorne on Saturday.

The match was tailor-made for Abbey skipper Sam Hallett, whose storming runs were always difficult to stop and who scored three tries, while his second row partner, Jeremy Knights, dominated the line-outs, while also featuring prominently in loose play.

Hallett, Martin Collier and Knights took the play to Crowthorne straight from the kick-off, and Abbey scored their opening try inside five minutes when Pomeroy dived over to the left of the posts after House had been held just short of the line. Wylie converted.

Abbey were soon on the attack again, with number eight Mike Beckly and centre Dan Love both making good ground. Wylie increased Abbey’s lead with a well-struck penalty after 14 minutes, and he added a further three points four minutes later following a run from Knights.

Abbey now began to attack from all areas of the pitch, with both Love and fullback Jack Brown going on runs. After flanker Fungai Mutepfa had brought off a good ball steal on the floor, Gingell chose the perfect angle to weave through the Crowthorne defence to touch down under the posts. Wylie was unable to convert.

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