Weather The Only Winner On Hackney Marshes
Rain nullifies top of table clash
Even if there were as many words in the English language to describe rain as there (reputedly) are Eskimo words for snow it would still be a struggle to adequately convey how bad the weather was on Saturday.
The torrential downpours were interspersed with lashings of rain and so many cats and dogs fell from the sky that is was a wonder Noah didn't set up a shipyard on Hackney Marshes. Amidst this tempest the two teams set out to battle valiantly against the elements and each other.
The opening stages kept both sides in the middle section of the pitch and a scoring opportunity, the first real chance of the game, fell to London Welsh after half an hour. The pack took the ball over the line but the referee judged that it hadn't been grounded. From the scrum Welsh conceded a penalty and Streetonians cleared up field. When the half time whistle blew the players scurried back to their changing rooms and those watching at pitchside huddled under trees, grateful for even the most pitiful of shelter.
The second half continued in similar fashion to the first and the deadlock remained impossible to break. London Welsh gradually secured the majority of possession and territory but were unable to turn it into points. With the referee indicating final play of the game Welsh were awarded a penalty. The wind dropped slightly and the decision was made to kick for goal. The respite was only short-lived and by the time the ball was placed the wind and rain were back to previous levels. The ball drifted wide of the posts and all gratefully welcomed full time.
For London Welsh the unbeaten run continues and the 0-0 draw is the club's first in 31 years of league rugby. The players now have a well deserved weekend off and return to action on Saturday 20th October.