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1st XV (Men) - Match centre

Finchley
Royston
Unknown, Unknown
Tries
S Muirhead (2), A Smith, J O'Sullivan
Unknown
Conversions
W Dacey (3)
Penalties
W Dacey
Sat 5 Jan 14:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Royston dominate to record a vital win against relegation rivals

Royston came away from Finchley with a vital 5 points on Saturday as London 3NW action returned for 2019

Royston travelled to Finchley on Saturday as their London 3NW campaign rolled into 2019 knowing that anything but a win would heap further pressure on themselves as they continue to battle against relegation to Herts Middlesex 1. After beating their opponents 34-10 at home earlier in the season, the Crows were full of optimism that the W could be achieved, especially after nearly 40 players trained on Thursday in preparation.

The Crows started confidently, pinning Finchley in their own half for the first fifteen minutes or so, but were unable to breakdown the resilient defence. Upon excursions into their opponents 22, Royston were guilty of losing the ball in key situations, and this was duly punished shortly after. Finchley finally managed to get out of their half, and once in the Royston 22, a quick tap penalty resulted in the first points of the day, duly converted for a largely undeserved 7-0 lead. Undeterred, Royston continued to control most of the possession and finally managed to get points on the board following a Will Dacey penalty after 30 minutes to reduce the deficit to 7-3. From here, Royston dominated the closing exchanges of the half and finally reaped the rewards their play deserved. Firstly, number eight Matthew Muirhead took a quick tap of his own to use his extra festive bulk to power over from 5m out, Dacey unsuccessful with the tricky conversion. Then pretty much from the kick off, Royston worked the ball back upfield until scrum half Adam Smith made a clinical break to score, this time converted by Dacey for a 15-7 half time lead.

From the start of the second half Royston picked up where they left off, as an excellent break by centre Euan Rees was finished off by winger James O’Sullivan, again converted by Dacey to extend Royston’s lead to 22-7. Unfortunately, this euphoria must have gone to O’Sullivan’s head as he was yellow carded shortly after for a ten-minute spell on the side-lines. The game became a war of attrition from this point, with several stoppages preventing any flow from either side as Finchley looked to get themselves back into things and Royston searched for that elusive fourth try and subsequent bonus point. Finally, after seventy minutes the breakthrough came, as a dominant scrum from the Royston pack allowed Muirhead to crash over for his second of the day, again converted by Dacey to take the score out to 29-7 with ten minutes to play. To their credit, Finchley refused to throw in the towel and managed a consolation score with the last play of the game for a final score of 29-12 in the Crows favour.

Finchley vs. Royston - 05/01/19
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This was an excellent start to the year for the Crows and moved them eight points clear of relegation danger for the time being. Continued good numbers in training this week and the further return of several injured key players should take them into next week’s home game against OMTs with renewed confidence, knowing they can compete at this level, and more importantly, that they deserve to be in this league.

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Key moments

18:00
Try Try for Finchley
18:30
Conversion Conversion for Finchley
25:00
Penalty Will Dacey kicks a penalty for Royston
35:00
Try Saffa Muirhead scores for Royston
38:00
Try Adam Smith scores for Royston
38:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
42:00
Try James O'Sullivan scores for Royston
42:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
70:00
Try Saffa Muirhead scores for Royston
70:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
79:00
Try Try for Finchley

Videos and photos

Finchley vs. Royston - 05/01/19
10 photos

Highlights

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79:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Finchley
79:00 Try 12 - 29
Try for Finchley
78:05 Sub On
Jonno Whittingham is substituted on for Royston
78:00 Sub Off
Minty Mills is substituted off for Royston
71:05 Sub On
Max Finney is substituted on for Royston
71:00 Sub Off
Braino is substituted off for Royston
70:30 Conversion 7 - 29
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
70:00 Try 7 - 27
Saffa Muirhead scores for Royston
65:05 Sub On
Robert Turner is substituted on for Royston
65:00 Sub Off
James O'Sullivan is substituted off for Royston
60:05 Sub On
J Meecham is substituted on for Royston
60:00 Sub Off
Jonno Whittingham is substituted off for Royston
50:00 Yellow Card
James O'Sullivan is yellow carded for Royston
42:30 Conversion 7 - 22
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
42:00 Try 7 - 20
James O'Sullivan scores for Royston
40:05 Sub On
Louis Dummett is substituted on for Royston
40:00 Sub Off
Max Finney is substituted off for Royston
End of period 1
38:30 Conversion 7 - 15
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
38:00 Try 7 - 13
Adam Smith scores for Royston
35:30 Missed Conversion
Will Dacey misses a conversion for Royston
35:00 Try 7 - 8
Saffa Muirhead scores for Royston
25:00 Penalty 7 - 3
Will Dacey kicks a penalty for Royston
18:30 Conversion 7 - 0
Conversion for Finchley
18:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Finchley
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Finchley
  • Royston
  • 0
  • Try 18:00'
  • Conversion 18:30'
  • Will Dacey Penalty 25:00'
  • Saffa Muirhead Try 35:00'
  • Adam Smith Try 38:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 38:30'
  • Max Finney Sub Off 40:00'
  • Louis Dummett Sub On 40:05'
  • James O'Sullivan Try 42:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 42:30'
  • James O'Sullivan Yellow Card 50:00'
  • Jonno Whittingham Sub Off 60:00'
  • J Meecham Sub On 60:05'
  • James O'Sullivan Sub Off 65:00'
  • Robert Turner Sub On 65:05'
  • Saffa Muirhead Try 70:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 70:30'
  • Braino Sub Off 71:00'
  • Max Finney Sub On 71:05'
  • Minty Mills Sub Off 78:00'
  • Jonno Whittingham Sub On 78:05'
  • Try 79:00'

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6. Old Merchant Taylors' 14 40
7. Harrow 14 32
8. Cheshunt 14 30
9. Kilburn Cosmos 14 20
10. Royston 14 20
11. Finchley 14 12
12. Verulamians 14 10

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