Harrow 3 Datchworth 27
Mark Chapman suffered a horrific Danny Cipriani-esque ankle dislocation deepening Harrow's worrying injury crisis.
The openside flanker recoiled in pain during the 32nd-minute incident, prompting the match referee to suspend the game for 20 minutes to move both teams to an adjacent pitch, as ambulance crews attended the stricken forward.
One witness said Chapman's foot was "pointing in the other direction", just like the high-profile dislocation suffered by Wasps and England fly-half Cipriani earlier this year. Hospital staff though have revealed Chapman has suffered no break, but was still due to undergo surgery on the injury. Bar a miraculous recovery, he is likely to miss the rest of the season.
The severity of the injury clearly affected Harrow who, up until then, had been playing with a swagger despite the late withdrawal of captain Simon Bram to injury. To make things even worse, the hosts also lost fly-half Andy Elliott six minutes later with a knee injury.
Fortunately, Harrow are without a game this weekend and will be desperately hoping some of their walking wounded return for the trip to Old Hamptonians on October 25.
Harrow gave a good account of themselves in the first 30 minutes against a Datchworth team willing to throw the ball at every opportunity. However, the hosts' main problem was their inability to secure first phase possession.
Datchworth crossed the whitewash after six minutes, but Elliott's 21st-minute penalty reduced the gap to two points. Disaster then struck when Chapman suffered his terrible injury and, after the enforced delay, Harrow conceded another try, perhaps finding it hard to digest what had just transpired.
Elliott was replaced by Ryan Clivert two minutes before the break after coming worse off in a tackle.
Harrow were forced to completely reorganise their three-quarter line for the second half and found it difficult to gel. Lee Huggett and Pratt showed great enterprise, living off scraps, but it proved to be in vain, as Datchworth extended their lead with a 65th-minute penalty, before adding two further tries late on. * Harrow: Gosling, Edwards, Jeffrey, Da Silva, Huggett, Elliott (Clivert, 38), Pratt. Henry, O'Neill, Maskell, Armstrong, Harrison, Eke, Chapman (Dinneen, 32), Argent (cpt).