A Polish defeat for Vets

PUBLISHED: 15:41 16 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:50 12 May 2010

Krakow II 14 Royston Vets 12 ROYSTON Vets annual tour took them to Poland and their side, with over 700 years experience, narrowly went down to hosts Krakow. The Kracow team were primarily their colts team and Royston knew that if the youngsters managed

Krakow II 14 Royston Vets 12

ROYSTON Vets annual tour took them to Poland and their side, with over 700 years experience, narrowly went down to hosts Krakow.

The Kracow team were primarily their colts team and Royston knew that if the youngsters managed to get into space that they would be away to score. Royston's strength was the pack where the scrummages became a rout.

The game was lively and at half time both sides had opportunities to score. Steve Bristow often threatened to break away in the centre but last ditch tackling brought him down.

Kracow scored first with a breakaway try as their centre intercepted a missed pass which they duly converted but it was not long before Royston were on the scoresheet.

An enforced five metre scrummage on the Krakow line was Royston's ball all the way. Tim Boyce playing at loose head prop to allow Steve Westcott in at his preferred position at tight head having been out of the game for two years were the real powerhouses with the hard work coming in the second row pairing of Cottrell and Berge.

Steve Luckman controlled the ball at the back of the scrummage and Royston marched them back. Luckman scored and Colin Dacey took a fine conversion to bring it back to evens.

It was the speed of the Krakow which again bought them the points but Royston were not finished. A chip kick and flip pass back inside for Neil Smith to beat the cover defence got Royston the five points deep in the corner.

The point difference was just the two points and Royston worked hard in the final minutes to grab a final try. The backs were so close and Paul Dacey tried for a drop goal just to see the kick slide under the cross bar.


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