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Emile Hertz laments ‘terribly flat’ Enfield Ignatians
1:00pm Thursday 1st November 2012 in Sport
A shock 22-10 home defeat to strugglers Old Streetonians leaves Enfield Ignatians in mid-table in London Two North-East.
In a game played in windy conditions, Ignatians made an indifferent start after conceding two tries inside the first 15 minutes.
On each occasion Streetonians successfully took on Ignatians at their own game and fashioned two pushover scores from a catch-and-drive at the lineout.
In between the two tries, Ignatians kept in the hunt when Jordan Wilson rifled over a penalty.
Despite the poor performance in the opening period, Enfield did go in level as Tom Moore laid the foundations for a well-worked try for Sam Emery and Wilson added the extras.
However, the second half saw Ignatians forced to readjust following injuries to Moore, Rob Wyer and Tan Mbonu.
They also incurred a second yellow card after Shaun Engelbrecht was given his temporary marching orders for foul play.
Engelbrecht’s ten-minute exclusion came at a price as their opponents forced their way over from a five-metre scrum.
The visitors, sensing the indecision in the home ranks, continued to attack and they wrapped up a deserved bonus point win after running in a fourth try.
Ignatians went all out to rescue something from the game. However, even when Old Streetonians were reduced to 13 men following successive sin-binnings in the final ten minutes there was no way through.
Coach Emile Hertz said: “I was worried after two minutes and it was worse than defeat at Braintree the week before. We had no fight and no get-up and go. It was all terribly flat.”
Ignatians will seek redemption when they travel to Norfolk to play Holt on Saturday.
The Ignatians second team were well beaten 46-19 by Old Haberdashers IIs in Herts-Middlesex Merit Table One.