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Braino, B Ritsema
A Smith (2)
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Crows fall short against local rivals Verulamians


Royston fall to disappointing defeat but the season is still young!

For the second home game in a row, Royston were met with unseasonably terrible weather conditions for their match with local rivals Verulamians, making expansive rugby a tough ask. This coupled with the fact that the Royston scrum coach had taken a few key personnel abroad for some extra “training” ensured Royston would be in for a hard battle, and so it proved. Verulamians were the dominant team in the first half, maintaining possession and building a 12-0 lead which they completely merited as Royston struggled to get into the game. As much as Royston tried to respond, they just couldn’t get on the scoreboard and remained 12 points adrift at the half.

Attempting to regroup at half time with fresh personnel introduced from the bench, Royston found themselves further adrift early in the second half as Verulamians scored a third try to extend the lead to 17-0. Again, for the second game in succession, this finally sparked Royston into action and they began to edge their way into the game, allowing second row Jon Brain to score under the sticks, easily converted by scrum half Adam Smith to reduce arrears to 17-7. As Royston pushed for further rewards, Verulamians were unfortunately able to add a fourth try for a bonus point, securing the game in the process. However, Royston did have the final say with Captain Ben Ritsema crossing for a well-deserved try, again converted by Smith for a final score of 22-14, just missing out on a losing bonus point.

Next up is probably one of Royston’s toughest assignments of the season, away to London Welsh in front of a large crowd at Old Deer Park on the 20th of October. However, after two highly competitive games last season, and with two weeks of training to put right the errors of last Saturday, Royston know they can put on a performance deserving of much reward.

Max Finney

Player of the Match

Max Finney

Key moments

Try Braino scores for Royston
Conversion Adam Smith kicks a conversion for Royston
Try Ben Ritsema scores for Royston
Conversion Adam Smith kicks a conversion for Royston


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80:00 Player of the Match
Max Finney is awarded player of the match for Royston
74:04 Conversion 14 - 0
Adam Smith kicks a conversion for Royston
73:04 Try 12 - 0
Ben Ritsema scores for Royston
50:01 Sub Off
Jonno Whittingham is substituted off for Royston
50:00 Sub On
Stuart Habergham is substituted on for Royston
45:01 Sub Off
Tom Greaves is substituted off for Royston
45:00 Sub On
Daniel Gwilliams is substituted on for Royston
40:02 Sub Off
Joe Butcher is substituted off for Royston
40:01 Sub On
J Meecham is substituted on for Royston
40:00 Try 5 - 0
Braino scores for Royston
40:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Adam Smith kicks a conversion for Royston
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As it happened

  • Royston
  • Verulamians
  • 0
  • Braino Try 40:00'
  • Adam Smith Conversion 40:00'
  • J Meecham Sub On 40:01'
  • Joe Butcher Sub Off 40:02'
  • Daniel Gwilliams Sub On 45:00'
  • Tom Greaves Sub Off 45:01'
  • Stuart Habergham Sub On 50:00'
  • Jonno Whittingham Sub Off 50:01'
  • Ben Ritsema Try 73:04'
  • Adam Smith Conversion 74:04'

Team selection

Ritsema, Ben Ritsema, Ben
Ayliffe, Max Ayliffe, Max
Ellis, Chris Ellis, Chris
Greaves, Tom Greaves, Tom
bryant, matthew bryant, matthew
Cottrell, Will Cottrell, Will
Smith, Adam Smith, Adam
Braino Braino
Butcher, Joe Butcher, Joe
Finney, Max Finney, Max
Greaves, Paul Greaves, Paul
Bodrozic, Alex Bodrozic, Alex
London London
Whittingham, Jonno Whittingham, Jonno
Green, Jamie Green, Jamie

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Old Merchant Taylors' 22 57
7. Harrow 22 56
8. Cheshunt 22 51
9. Kilburn Cosmos 22 39
10. Finchley 22 35
11. Royston 22 34
12. Verulamians 22 10

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