Haagsche’s season continues to go backwards with a third straight reverse.
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RC the Dukes were too strong in all areas of the game at Limietlaan running out 24 – 8 winners.
RC the Dukes forwards were the catalyst for the win, securing good ball allowing them to play the territory game.
The loss sees Haagsche slip to fifth on the table, the Dukes are the team that move above them into fourth place.
Next up for the Dukes is a visit to Utrecht, Haagsche host REL.
The win maintains DIOK’s unbeaten start to the season and keeps them a point clear of second placed ’t Gooi.
REL pushed their hosts all the way, but could not get the vial try to drag them back into the game.
Competiton leaders DIOK came from behind in the final 5 minutes to reel in REL 24-16 in the erelkasse contest at Leiden on Saturday.
Despite opening the scoring in the first five minutes with a converted try, DIOK went to the halftime break trailing REL 10-7, after centre Rik Roovers hit back for the visitors late in the half.
The lead was exchanged four times in the second half, with REL taking a 16-14 advantage into the final five minutes. But DIOK rallied and hit back with a try to Leon Koenen, whose last minute penalty kick deprived REL of a bonus point.
REL coach Paul Davey was pleased with the performance of his team, saying the REL players were very disappointed that they could not hang on for a much needed away win.
“We fought hard during the match and we gave DIOK no peace at the breakdowns. Our lineout was a lot better this week with the return of Kieran Macdonald, but our scrum was inconsistent and did provide our backs with enough quality ball,” said Davey.
“So to have gone so close against the competition leaders on their pitch was terrific – especially with a number of our key personnel missing. DIOK are the competition benchmark at the moment – so will take a lot out of performance.”
DIOK’s win sets up a mouthwatering encounter in round 5 when they face second placed ’t Gooi.
REL travel to face Haagsche.
This week saw Kieran Mattson’s Eemland run out 76-0 winners.
There needs to be some serious questions raised about AAC with the NRB, they need to recruit and quickly otherwise there will be some embarrassing scores
throughout the season and possibly players getting hurt.
The win takes Eemland up to fifth place.
Next up for Eemland is a trip to the revitalised champions Hilversum, AAC host Castricumse.
Utrecht had previously been highly competitive in every game, but were simply blown away by the champions.
We spoke to Piet van den Deijssel from Hilversum.
He had this to say about the game “This weekend we have seen a complete different Rugby Club Hilversum.”
He continued “Last Tuesday Tom Cowley just back from Perth Australia gave a very positive reaction at the team and after a good team meeting and the debut of Nick Stratford and Jarrid Els we shaw a complete reborn ~Blou Bokke~ team.”
Adding “With sparnkling running rugby the score by halftime was 0-32. The second half Hilversum had three scores in five minutes and the game did wend down.
Utrecht only could play pick and go from the rucks and mauls but for the rest is was all Hilversum and at the end the score was 0-60.
It was hard to find out who was man of the match Jarrid Els who was everywhere and did make great breaks or Raynor Parkinson who made beautiful conversions from all positions.”
Fnally he sounded out a warning to the rest of the competition “With still missing Nicky Janssen, Nathan Wiles, Bastiaan Plomp and Storm Carroll it looks that
~Die Blou Bokke~are even stronger than last season.”
Hilversum host Eemland next week and Utrecht host the Dukes.
In a tough match ’t Gooi’s set piece did the damage.
Heavensgame.com spoke to Allard Jonkers coach of ’t Gooi
He said “We are happy with the win, not with our performance.”
He added “Last weeks game wasn’t the best build up to this game and that showed. For long parts of the game we were a second to late at every breakdown. The result was that we turned over many balls and didn’t have the control we wanted to have. Our forwards dominated set piece so we were able to put huge amount of pressure on them.”
He continued “The continuous pressure of our strong forwards resulted in penalties and we have an outstanding goalkicker who did the job for us. Next week we have DIOK and that is going to be interesting. This is always a nice game two play, because we both are teams that want to run with the ball. Again the battle up front will decide the outcome of that one.”
Obbe Weinkels, Castricumse coach was upbeat after the match telling heavensgame.com “A wonderful day at Castricum Rugby Club didn’t bring a win but a day off wonderfull rugby.”
“CasRC is a young and inexperienced rugby team that play there rugby with heart and soul.”
“This can bring wonderful running rugby but also stupidity and bad choices.”
“Cas was insecure in the scrum but had a good line out. With great running rugby and great counter attack they run over the pitch passing the ball left to right.”
“I feel we should have scored a couple off tries but we didn’t. Gooi defence was well organized.”
“As the referee was not very clear in what was allowed and what wasn’t we run into some penalty’s. In total all credits to ’t Gooi who didn’t play exciting Rugby and didn’t put out a great show but did win the game with 6 penalty goals. It remembered me of a South African fly half whom scored six or seven drop goals playing England in the word cup nothing special but very effective.”
He concluded “The Cas team need to work on their tactical aria off the game and will put on a really nice performance next week with hopefully a well deserved win.”
Next up for ‘ Gooi is a date with leaders DIOK, Cas face a trip to easy beats AAC.