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1st XV (Men) - Match centre

Old Merchant Taylors'
Royston
Tries
E Rees (2), B Ritsema, C Ellis, W Cottrell
Conversions
W Dacey (3)
Penalties
W Dacey
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Valiant Crows go down fighting

Royston came off second best on Saturday but never threw in the towel, dominating the latter exchanges and securing what could be a crucial try bonus point come seasons end.

Royston once again turned to youth for their trip to London to face a strong OMTs outfit, bolstering their squad with several talented under 18 players as they continued to try and play their expansive game plan, one that had born much fruit the week before against Finchley. And on a dry day, Royston attempted to throw the ball wide as much as possible, but once again came up against a bulkier pack that made scrum time a challenge, finding themselves 10-3 down on the scoreboard midway through the first half, with the penalty knocked over by Will Dacey. Royston continued to battle hard for the rest of the half but without much gain, OMTs eventually able to stretch their lead to 18-3 by the half time whistle.

At oranges, Royston knew they were still in the game if they could get the ball wide to their danger runners, taking on the talented OMTs backline toe to toe. However, OMTs had other ideas and quickly took their lead out to 28-3 before Royston responded in kind, pulling the score back to 28-15 with two rapid scores, one converted by Dacey. As Royston continued to force things, handling errors were proving more and more costly, with the OMT fullback having a particularly fruitful day, and before they knew it, Royston were 47-15 down and facing a tough end to the game. It is at this point, to their credit, Royston refused to throw in the towel, knowing that at the very least a try bonus point was within their grasp if they could just execute their play to a better standard, and this they did with aplomb. Royston dominated the closing stages of the game, registering a further three tries without reply, two converted by Dacey. All in all, tries were scored by Euan Rees (x2), Chris Ellis, Will Cottrell and captain Ben Ritsema.

Next up is a home game against Verulamians at the Heath, and even though they currently reside bottom of the league without a point, will still provide a very stern challenge to Royston, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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Braino

Player of the Match

Braino

Key moments

10:00
Penalty Will Dacey kicks a penalty for Royston
50:00
Try Euan Rees scores for Royston
55:00
Try Chris Ellis scores for Royston
55:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
65:00
Try Will Cottrell scores for Royston
65:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
70:00
Try Euan Rees scores for Royston
77:00
Try Ben Ritsema scores for Royston
77:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Braino is awarded player of the match for Royston
77:30 Conversion 0 - 34
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
77:00 Try 0 - 32
Ben Ritsema scores for Royston
70:30 Missed Conversion
Will Dacey misses a conversion for Royston
70:00 Try 0 - 27
Euan Rees scores for Royston
65:30 Conversion 0 - 22
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
65:02 Sub Off
Tom Greaves is substituted off for Royston
65:01 Sub On
Max Ayliffe is substituted on for Royston
65:00 Try 0 - 20
Will Cottrell scores for Royston
55:30 Conversion 0 - 15
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
55:00 Try 0 - 13
Chris Ellis scores for Royston
50:30 Missed Conversion
Will Dacey misses a conversion for Royston
50:00 Try 0 - 8
Euan Rees scores for Royston
45:01 Sub Off
Paul Greaves is substituted off for Royston
45:00 Sub On
Joe Butcher is substituted on for Royston
40:03 Sub Off
Joe Butcher is substituted off for Royston
40:02 Sub On
Saffa Muirhead is substituted on for Royston
40:01 Sub Off
Jamie Green is substituted off for Royston
40:00 Sub On
will sparkes is substituted on for Royston
End of period 1
10:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Will Dacey kicks a penalty for Royston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Old Merchant Taylors'
  • Royston
  • 0
  • Will Dacey Penalty 10:00'
  • will sparkes Sub On 40:00'
  • Jamie Green Sub Off 40:01'
  • Saffa Muirhead Sub On 40:02'
  • Joe Butcher Sub Off 40:03'
  • Joe Butcher Sub On 45:00'
  • Paul Greaves Sub Off 45:01'
  • Euan Rees Try 50:00'
  • Chris Ellis Try 55:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 55:30'
  • Will Cottrell Try 65:00'
  • Max Ayliffe Sub On 65:01'
  • Tom Greaves Sub Off 65:02'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 65:30'
  • Euan Rees Try 70:00'
  • Ben Ritsema Try 77:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 77:30'

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Verulamians
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# Team Pl Pts
6. Tabard 5 13
7. Stevenage Town 5 13
8. Harrow 5 10
9. Royston 5 8
10. Kilburn Cosmos 5 6
11. Verulamians 5 5
12. Finchley 5 4

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