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1st XV (Men) - Match centre

Royston
Old Streetonians
D Ritsema
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
W Dacey, Unknown
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
W Dacey
Penalties
Unknown
Penalty Try
Sat 8 Dec 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Crows fall short after another slow start

Royston battled well on the weekend to reduce a 31-3 half time deficit to 31-17 by full time, but once more rued a slow start

Looking to bounce back from last week’s loss to Harrow, Royston welcomed high flying Old Streetonians to the Heath for their latest fixture in LDN3NW. The Crows started the match well, with early pressure resulting in full back Will Dacey kicking a penalty for a 3-0 lead. However, the remainder of the half belonged firmly to Old Streets, as they dominated play and amassed 31 unanswered points, including a try bonus by the time the half time whistle went.

Staring a demoralising defeat firmly between the eyes, Royston could’ve wilted or risen to the occasion, and credit to the Crows that it was indeed the latter. Continual pressure in the early stages of the second half resulted in a well-earned penalty try, suitably now converted by Mr. Penalty Try himself under the new laws, robbing Dacey from adding to his points tally. Buoyed by this, Royston continued to take the game to Old Streets but their defence held firm until the 70th minute, with winger Dan Ritsema crossing once again and Dacey converting to narrow the score to 17-31 with ten minutes to play. Royston gave their all in the closing stages in the search of the losing bonus point but just couldn’t manage the score they needed.

At the half way stage of the season, Royston find themselves in 10th place and just three points clear of safety but with much to play for, starting with Stevenage home next Saturday. A strong performance here will hopefully lift the Crows for what is looking like a season defining clash with Finchley on the 5th of January.

Royston vs. Old Streets - 08/12/18
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Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

6:00
Penalty Will Dacey kicks a penalty for Royston
8:00
Try Try for Old Streetonians
8:30
Conversion Conversion for Old Streetonians
14:00
Try Try for Old Streetonians
14:30
Conversion Conversion for Old Streetonians
22:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Old Streetonians
30:00
Try Try for Old Streetonians
30:30
Conversion Conversion for Old Streetonians
37:00
Try Try for Old Streetonians
37:30
Conversion Conversion for Old Streetonians
50:30
Conversion Conversion for Royston
70:00
Try Dan Ritsema scores for Royston
70:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston

Videos and photos

Royston vs. Old Streets - 08/12/18
7 photos

Highlights

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72:05 Sub Off
Robert Turner is substituted off for Royston
72:00 Sub On
James O'Sullivan is substituted on for Royston
70:30 Conversion 17 - 31
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
70:00 Try 15 - 31
Dan Ritsema scores for Royston
50:30 Conversion 10 - 31
Conversion for Royston
50:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Royston
45:05 Sub Off
Max Finney is substituted off for Royston
45:00 Sub On
Jamie Green is substituted on for Royston
End of period 1
37:30 Conversion 3 - 31
Conversion for Old Streetonians
37:00 Try 3 - 29
Try for Old Streetonians
30:30 Conversion 3 - 24
Conversion for Old Streetonians
30:00 Try 3 - 22
Try for Old Streetonians
22:00 Penalty 3 - 17
Penalty kicked for Old Streetonians
20:05 Sub Off
Joe Butcher is substituted off for Royston
20:00 Sub On
Damo Fouracres is substituted on for Royston
14:30 Conversion 3 - 14
Conversion for Old Streetonians
14:00 Try 3 - 12
Try for Old Streetonians
8:30 Conversion 3 - 7
Conversion for Old Streetonians
8:00 Try 3 - 5
Try for Old Streetonians
6:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Will Dacey kicks a penalty for Royston
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Royston
  • Old Streetonians
  • 0
  • Will Dacey Penalty 6:00'
  • Try 8:00'
  • Conversion 8:30'
  • Try 14:00'
  • Conversion 14:30'
  • Damo Fouracres Sub On 20:00'
  • Joe Butcher Sub Off 20:05'
  • Penalty 22:00'
  • Try 30:00'
  • Conversion 30:30'
  • Try 37:00'
  • Conversion 37:30'
  • Jamie Green Sub On 45:00'
  • Max Finney Sub Off 45:05'
  • Penalty Try 50:00'
  • Conversion 50:30'
  • Dan Ritsema Try 70:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 70:30'
  • James O'Sullivan Sub On 72:00'
  • Robert Turner Sub Off 72:05'

Team selection

Dacey, Will Dacey, Will
Ayliffe, Max Ayliffe, Max
Cottrell, Will Cottrell, Will
Ellis, Chris Ellis, Chris
Ritsema, Dan Ritsema, Dan
Turner, Robert Turner, Robert
Smith, Adam Smith, Adam
Butcher, Joe Butcher, Joe
Muirhead, Saffa Muirhead, Saffa
Finney, Max Finney, Max
Braino Braino
Sparkes, Charles Sparkes, Charles
Whittingham, Jonno Whittingham, Jonno
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# Team Pl Pts
6. Old Merchant Taylors' 11 30
7. Harrow 11 26
8. Cheshunt 11 24
9. Kilburn Cosmos 11 20
10. Royston 11 13
11. Finchley 11 11
12. Verulamians 11 10

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