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1st XV (Men) - Match centre

Royston
Harrow
B Ritsema, M Finney
Tries
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W Dacey
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Sat 23 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 North West Full time

Crows downed by dominant Harrow

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Royston were outmuscled by Harrow on Saturday, with key mistakes regularly punished by the clinical Londoners

Royston welcomed Harrow to the Heath buoyed by recent results and full of confidence as they try to finish off the season in style.

Harrow started strongly, with a converted intercept try giving them a 7-0 lead within five minutes. Royston ill-discipline was punished shortly after with a penalty kick as Harrow continued to exert their influence on proceedings. This sparked Royston into life as they started to feel their way into the game, with captain Ben Ritsema crossing for his first try since returning from injury, converted by Dacey to reduce the score to 10-7 after 25 minutes. Harrow had the last effort of the first half, crossing for an unconverted try for a 15-7 lead.

Harrow scored almost immediately in the second half to build a commanding 20-7 lead, but Royston hit back quickly through Max Finney, conversion missed by Dacey but the Crows back in the game. A second Harrow penalty midway through the half extended their lead to 11 points, and as much as Royston toiled and tried to force their way back into the game, the opposition stood firm. As Royston pushed for the small comfort of a losing bonus point, the ball was turned over in the Harrow 22 and they managed to go the length of the field for a converted try that made the final score a flattering 30-12. A tough day at the office for the Crows against a physical Harrow team, but two games left to put things right before the Crows take a well earned break until September.

Key moments

5:00
Try Try for Harrow
5:30
Conversion Conversion for Harrow
10:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Harrow
25:00
Try Ben Ritsema scores for Royston
25:30
Conversion Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
35:00
Try Try for Harrow
41:00
Try Try for Harrow
50:00
Try Max Finney scores for Royston
65:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Harrow
79:00
Try Try for Harrow
79:30
Conversion Conversion for Harrow

Highlights

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79:30 Conversion 12 - 30
Conversion for Harrow
79:00 Try 12 - 28
Try for Harrow
65:00 Penalty 12 - 23
Penalty kicked for Harrow
60:00 Sub On
Mark Green is substituted on for Royston
55:00 Sub On
Alex Bodrozic is substituted on for Royston
50:30 Missed Conversion
Will Dacey misses a conversion for Royston
50:00 Try 12 - 20
Max Finney scores for Royston
45:00 Sub On
Jamie Green is substituted on for Royston
41:00 Try 7 - 20
Try for Harrow
End of period 1
35:30 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Harrow
35:00 Try 7 - 15
Try for Harrow
25:30 Conversion 7 - 10
Will Dacey kicks a conversion for Royston
25:00 Try 5 - 10
Ben Ritsema scores for Royston
10:00 Penalty 0 - 10
Penalty kicked for Harrow
5:30 Conversion 0 - 7
Conversion for Harrow
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Harrow
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As it happened

  • Royston
  • Harrow
  • 0
  • Try 5:00'
  • Conversion 5:30'
  • Penalty 10:00'
  • Ben Ritsema Try 25:00'
  • Will Dacey Conversion 25:30'
  • Try 35:00'
  • Try 41:00'
  • Jamie Green Sub On 45:00'
  • Max Finney Try 50:00'
  • Alex Bodrozic Sub On 55:00'
  • Mark Green Sub On 60:00'
  • Penalty 65:00'
  • Try 79:00'
  • Conversion 79:30'

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# 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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