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1st XV (Men) - Match centre

Datchworth
Royston
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Tries
W Dacey, W Cottrell, D Ritsema, E Rees
Unknown, Unknown
Conversions
W Dacey (3)
Penalties
W Dacey
Sat 16 Feb 14:30 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Crows test Datchworth but ultimately fall short.

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Following a tough home game against top of the league London Welsh, Royston Men’s 1st XV made the short trip south to face 2nd in the league Datchworth

Following a tough home game against top of the league London Welsh, Royston Men’s 1st XV made the short trip south to face 2nd in the league Datchworth. The Crows side contained a number of youngsters as Royston looked to transition players, from their well-established colts, into the adult game.
Datchworth were the first team to put points on the board, capitalising from a Royston error that allowed them to dash of the try line within the first five minutes of the game, giving them a 5-0 lead.
Royston did not back away from the game following this early try, looking to play their own game and use the pace they had in the backs. Royston’s first points came a well-placed grubber kick by Euan Rees was snatched up by Will Dacey, who darted over the line. Dacey then kicked the conversion to give the Crows a 2 point lead.
Datchworth picked up two tries in fairly quick succession, using the strength in their pack to create a gap to break through for their second try. The home side’s third then came as a penalty deep in the Royston half allowed the Datchworth forwards to rumble over the line for another try, giving them a 15-7 lead.
Fly half Will Cottrell led Royston’s resurgence as nimble footwork and a series of well-timed off-loads put him over in the corner taking the score to 15-12. Within minutes of the re-start, Dan Ritsema made a blinding run down the wing, offloading and then supporting runners, picking up another try for Royston that was converted by Dacey.
Datchworth again countered playing to their strengths and winning a scrum 5 yards from the try line. The engine room of the Datchworth side then really showed their power, driving the scrum over the Royston line for another try, taking the score to 20-19.
In the final play of the first 40 minutes, Royston were awarded a penalty just inside Datchworth half, despite the distance, Will Dacey times the kick beautifully to give Royston a 2 point lead when the whistle was blow.
The second half saw Datchworth using their forwards to trudge up the field, Royston struggled to defend against the heavier pack and the home side were rewarded with two early second half tries, giving them a 10 point lead over the Crows and taking the score to 32-22.
Despite the widening gap, Royston once again found their step, playing an offload game that saw space open up on the fringes and allowed Euan Rees to break away, keeping Royston in the game and taking the score to 32-27. Unfortunately for the Crow’s the final result was sealed when Datchworth snatched up a loose pass and darted for the try line, stopping a Royston counter-attack and picking up further points. The final score of 44-29 left Royston disappointed, however a great promise was shown throughout the game with Datchworth bring forced to work hard until the final whistle.

Key moments

5:00
Try Try for Datchworth
9:00
Try Will Dacey scores for Royston
9:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
12:00
Try Try for Datchworth
18:00
Try Try for Datchworth
25:00
Try Will Cottrell scores for Royston
27:00
Try Dan Ritsema scores for Royston
27:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
31:00
Try Try for Datchworth
39:00
Penalty Will Dacey kicks a penalty for Royston
44:00
Try Try for Datchworth
44:30
Conversion Conversion for Datchworth
54:00
Try Try for Datchworth
62:00
Try Euan Rees scores for Royston
62:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
73:00
Try Try for Datchworth
79:00
Try Try for Datchworth
79:30
Conversion Conversion for Datchworth

Highlights

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79:30 Conversion 44 - 29
Conversion for Datchworth
79:00 Try 42 - 29
Try for Datchworth
73:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Datchworth
73:00 Try 37 - 29
Try for Datchworth
70:05 Sub On
Stuart Habergham is substituted on for Royston
70:00 Sub Off
Callum Morgan-McDermott is substituted off for Royston
62:30 Conversion 32 - 29
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
62:00 Try 32 - 27
Euan Rees scores for Royston
60:05 Sub On
Michael Robertson is substituted on for Royston
60:00 Sub Off
Freddie Raymen is substituted off for Royston
54:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Datchworth
54:00 Try 32 - 22
Try for Datchworth
45:30 Sub On
Paul Greaves is substituted on for Royston
45:00 Sub Off
Alex Bodrozic is substituted off for Royston
44:30 Conversion 27 - 22
Conversion for Datchworth
44:00 Try 25 - 22
Try for Datchworth
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 20 - 22
Will Dacey kicks a penalty for Royston
31:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Datchworth
31:00 Try 20 - 19
Try for Datchworth
27:30 Conversion 15 - 19
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
27:00 Try 15 - 17
Dan Ritsema scores for Royston
25:30 Missed Conversion
Will Dacey misses a conversion for Royston
25:00 Try 15 - 12
Will Cottrell scores for Royston
18:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Datchworth
18:00 Try 15 - 7
Try for Datchworth
12:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Datchworth
12:00 Try 10 - 7
Try for Datchworth
9:30 Conversion 5 - 7
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
9:00 Try 5 - 5
Will Dacey scores for Royston
5:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Datchworth
5:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Datchworth
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Datchworth
  • Royston
  • 0
  • Try 5:00'
  • Will Dacey Try 9:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 9:30'
  • Try 12:00'
  • Try 18:00'
  • Will Cottrell Try 25:00'
  • Dan Ritsema Try 27:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 27:30'
  • Try 31:00'
  • Will Dacey Penalty 39:00'
  • Try 44:00'
  • Conversion 44:30'
  • Alex Bodrozic Sub Off 45:00'
  • Paul Greaves Sub On 45:30'
  • Try 54:00'
  • Freddie Raymen Sub Off 60:00'
  • Michael Robertson Sub On 60:05'
  • Euan Rees Try 62:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 62:30'
  • Callum Morgan-McDermott Sub Off 70:00'
  • Stuart Habergham Sub On 70:05'
  • Try 73:00'
  • Try 79:00'
  • Conversion 79:30'

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