LONDON NORTH-WEST THREE LONDON NIGERIAN...........3 Hampstead................18
First the good news.The last time Hampstead faced the men in green they put half-a-ton of points past them. This time, Nigerian actually took the lead with an early Ugo Ekeowa penalty - and then traded blows with the north Londoners on an equal footing until deep into the second-half.
It helped little that flanker Maynard Ahukanna was forced to take another closeup look at the sin-bin in between, but the returning Ian Morrison along with second row partner Tua Falekihefau, as well as the tenacious Josh Bruce, all rattled Hampstead nerves.
But slowly the visitors strung a series of passes together, and a nano seconD's indecision in midfield let the Hampstead centre in for the first try of the game at the Linford Christie Centre with 20 minutes left.
When they scored a second and then a crushing penalty as the ref checked his watch, it was rough justice on a Nigerian side still looking up at all but one other team in the league.
BUSA LEAGUE Oxford Greyhounds......31 IMPERIAL MEDICALS...........13
MEDICS arrived two hours before kickoff - and then had the disconcerting sight of watching a clutch of Oxford 'blues' warm up in their 30-man squad.
The early bird in this case only caught a Greyhounds side full of top-notch universi
ty players,although the Hammersmith team were canny enough to to kick for touch in a bid to keep Greyhounds at bay for the first 10 minutes.
Daniel Neville played a captain's part by putting Medics in the lead with a penalty and then doubled his luck with the boot just before the break.
The only problem for Imperial was the wave of Oxford attacks that saw the hosts charge over three times to take a 17-6 lead into the break.
Incensed by the steamrollering, Imperial made more of agame of it in the second 40 minutes, but were again undone by some mediocre tackling before James Sharples fed Neville for the Medics only try.
FRIENDLY Hemel Hampstead...............25 H'SMITH & FULHAM............39
HAMMERSMITH shook the rust off a three-week break in a free-scoring game on Saturday where TomKenward racked up 19 points.
His three tries and two conversions were backed up by another new face to the first-team fray, Tom Hamnett, who also went over for a brace of tries - the second a dive over in the corner.
Barry O'Sullivan got on the scoresheet, and Hammers were coasting until the last 15 minutes when Hemel belatedly staged a comeback with three scores of their own.