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1st XV (Men) - Match centre

M Finney, B Ritsema, W Cottrell
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W Dacey (2)
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Sat 23 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - Herts/Middlesex 1 Full time

Royston 19, Wasps 18

Royston hosted Wasps on a sunny Saturday afternoon on the Heath

Things started well for the home side with the backs running rampage when given clean ball by the back row, and employing a clever kicking game through half backs Pow and Cotterill

Good field position from one deep kick led to Joe Butcher stealing a Wasps throw in a line out. Given the chance the Royston pack drove hard and the end result was Max Finney being driven over with Will Dacey converting,

The second try was straight off the training pitch. From a solid scrum, decent lines were run keeping the defenders fixed. This pulled a reasonable size hole in the Wasps defence which Ritsema exploited and dotted down a five pointer, which Dacey failed to convert.

Wasps then got a foothold and started to get their big ball carrying forwards involved. Royston defended with heart and gusto but after a consistent ten minutes of pressure a defender stepped offside and Wasps took the 3 points on offer. Half time 12-3

The second half started perfectly for Royston. A deep kick was fielded by Dacey and Royston exploited the dog-legged defence and executed numerous two-on-ones up the length of the pitch, with Dacey taking the ball back with just the full back to beat. With supporting players either side of him he selflessly passed inside to Cotterill who scored unopposed under the posts for man of the match Dacey to convert to make it 19-3.

Royston then lost Prop Olly Brooke and in losing him lost a lot of power in the scrum. Wasps got the upper hand and started to pick Royston's pack apart. Wasps drove and drove and sensibly choose scrums at penalty options to punish Royston's pack. Wasps pulled off a back row move to score a try with 5 minutes to go which they converted to make it 19-10. They then slotted a penalty as discipline started to slip in the Royston ranks for 19-13. With the last play of the game Wasps drove from another scrum. Royston repelled the initial onslaught but quick second phase put a Wasp in for a try. At 19-18, tempers frayed and Royston and Wasps both had a player sent from the field for unnecessary fighting. With just the conversion to go the pressure was on the Wasps kicker. The Royston crowd silenced out of respect and the players flew off the try line to try to block the kick. Unfortunately for the lively Wasps fly half the ball drifted wide for Royston to win 19-18. The first players to the fly half were Royston players to commiserate him and then celebrate their continued unbeaten run.

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Key moments

Try Max Finney scores for Royston
Try Ben Ritsema scores for Royston
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
Penalty Penalty kicked for Wasps
Try Will Cottrell scores for Royston
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
Try Try for Wasps
Conversion Conversion for Wasps
Penalty Penalty kicked for Wasps
Try Try for Wasps


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80:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Wasps
79:00 Try 19 - 18
Try for Wasps
79:00 Red Card
Joe Butcher is sent off for Royston
77:00 Penalty 19 - 13
Penalty kicked for Wasps
76:00 Conversion 19 - 10
Conversion for Wasps
75:00 Try 19 - 8
Try for Wasps
46:00 Conversion 19 - 3
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
45:00 Try 17 - 3
Will Cottrell scores for Royston
End of period 1
35:00 Penalty 12 - 3
Penalty kicked for Wasps
31:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
30:00 Try 10 - 0
Ben Ritsema scores for Royston
21:00 Missed Conversion
Will Dacey misses a conversion for Royston
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Max Finney scores for Royston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Royston
  • Wasps
  • 0
  • Max Finney Try 20:00'
  • Ben Ritsema Try 30:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 31:00'
  • Penalty 35:00'
  • Will Cottrell Try 45:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 46:00'
  • Try 75:00'
  • Conversion 76:00'
  • Penalty 77:00'
  • Joe Butcher Red Card 79:00'
  • Try 79:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. London Welsh 22 104
2. Royston 22 87
3. Bank of England 22 77
4. Staines 22 59
5. Saracens Amateurs 22 59
6. Barnet Elizabethans 22 56
7. Old Actonians 22 55

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