“Although a cameo, Bonfield can proudly look back at scrummaging solidly”
Royston hosted Barnet on a wet and windy Heath
Shorn of some star names due to holiday commitments in season??? Hannah Gallagher’s side were hopeful more than confident
The early exchanges were tentative with Royston hitting up through Dummett and Connelly but conceding far too many penalties due to ill-discipline at the break down
On a rare foray into the opposition half the whistle went Royston's way and Dacey coolly slotted a 3-pointer.
Royston’s pack started to show that they understood the rules and began their power game. The front row of Green, Mills and Fouracres dominated the scrum and Connelly and Alford took control of the skies at line out time.
From one line out deep in Barnet territory a good take and drive opened enough space for scrum half Pow to creep over, with Dacey converting
With the forwards generating better phase ball the backs got their tails up. Captain Ritsema started pulling the strings and earned himself a spotters badge for seeing winger Boyce in space and a miss-pass put the marauding winger away to dot down in the corner. Dacey failed to convert
Half time 15-0
With the elements against them in the second half Royston had to play more direct. Hard yards had to be earned and the defence was tested. Simpson stood strong in the centres and the work rate of Hill in the row came to the fore.
With ten minutes to go Connelly made a break down the wing and with options either side the defenders backed off allowing Royston a 5-pointer.
Chasing the bonus point for 4 tries, Royston used the bench. Gwillo came onto the wing to add power to the back line and Illsley in the second row to maintain momentum. The biggest cheer was for debutant Bonfield who replaced the tiring Green. Bonfield has come through the club from under 7's and has trained and played consistently for the 2nd team for the past 3 seasons. Although a cameo, Bonfield can proudly look back at scrummaging solidly and always offering himself as an option in attack.
There are a number of returning players for next weekend although after this performance they will have to train very well to earn their spots back in the side.
Updated 21:30 - 10 Sep 2017 by Hugh Murfitt