The inaugural Super Saturday event held at St Albans last weekend for round seven of the RLC Southern Premier also included four Merit League fixtures which involved four teams. Present on the day were hosts St Albans Centurions who were playing their first games of the season, neighbours Hemel Stags as well as great turnouts from South London Storm and Bedford Tigers.
The day began with St Albans playing South London. St Albans kicked their Merit League season off with a fine 24-10 win against their Croydon opponents. Secondly was Hemel v Bedford. Hemel with some impressive results this year came away with a convincing 24-4 win.
As the weather had been threatening with pockets of light showers throughout game two, the heavens opened, and a torrential downpour left Bedford and South London playing in very tough conditions which was reflected in the score line. Bedford coming out on top in this one 16-10.
Finally the last game of the day was between the two neighbours who have such a long history in the game and it was a fitting end to the Merit League proceedings for the day. Another very tight game saw Hemel victorious 14-10 with a win that took them to the top of the Merit League standings, overtaking new boys, West Norfolk Wildcats.
Three games take place this Saturday. Southampton play at home in their third game this time against RLC opponents Swindon St George in a curtain raiser to their first grade RLC South East game.
This will be finished by the time the other two games kick off, which includes South London Storm at home to the impressive Mudchute Uncles. Mudchute’s only game of the season was a resounding win against London Skolars who with valuable first team squad additions have been promoted to take the place of Hainault in the RLC Southern Premier. We would like to wish them the best of luck in their bid to get some wins under their belts in a strong division.
The other game is the match of the round between home side Hammersmith Hills Hoists who are sitting in third and table toppers Hemel Stags. The previous match between these two sides was a tough affair and resulted in an 18-14 win for Hammersmith. Hemel will be aiming to turn the tables on this result and keep their place at the pointy end of the Merit League standings and also get an edge over the current two time champions.