LINDEN put up a spirited display in the first half against RHC, one of the favourites for the East League Division One title. But they ran out of steam in the second period and ultimately fell to a 39-0 defeat.
RHC had won their previous home game by over 50 points with the bonus in the bag after 30 minutes so the Linden knew they would need to hit the ground running.
The match started at a frantic pace with the Linden having their fair share of the ball and forcing play in the RHC half for the first ten minutes.
However, in twelve minutes RHC won a lineout and the ball was worked along the line to their winger who dived in at the corner for the first try which was unconverted.
RHC were playing a high tempo game and the Linden were having to make every tackle count.
In 20 minutes the hosts won a lineout deep in the Linden half and their pack was able to keep a stranglehold on the ball and drive over for another unconverted try.
Linden were still giving a good account of themselves disrupting the RHC play and making the home team make mistakes. Just after the half hour mark the Linden were caught offside and RHC opted to kick the three points.
RHC were frustrated that the score was just 13-0 at the break but that increased their efforts in the second half and after a series of attacks through their backs and forwards the ball was worked to their winger who cut inside to score at the posts, and the conversion was added.
The home team were now on top and a converted try by their standoff and a try from another strong lineout drive saw the score move to 32-0 after an hour.
In the last 20 minutes the Linden showed immense character only conceding one converted try and finished the last five minutes hammering at the RHC line but to no avail.
A spokesperson said: “Although well beaten by a strong RHC side there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game.”