Green already looking to the future
Royston 0 Hertford Exiles 12 WITH no league action until after the Easter break Royston coach Kevin Green decided to blood in several of the club s talented youngsters – giving them vital first team experience. In the pack Joe Hillman came in at second
Royston 0 Hertford Exiles 12
WITH no league action until after the Easter break Royston coach Kevin Green decided to blood in several of the club's talented youngsters - giving them vital first team experience.
In the pack Joe Hillman came in at second row and his outstanding performance resulted with the man-of-the-match award. Also among the backs the Ritsema twins Ben and Dan came in at full back and wing respectively, with Will Cotrell also making his debut at fly-half.
Green also welcomed back Jack Hillman from his travels around the world, as well as returning youngsters Jack Sirrett and Will Phillips.
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Despite the defeat, Green remained positive and said: "The game turned out to be one of the most entertaining games of the season. It was played hard, fast and in great spirit.
"It was also extremely pleasing to field such a young and talented team - and that really bodes well for the future of Royston rugby."
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The game started with a bang, with Hertford scoring a converted try within the opening three minutes and catching The Crows unaware. However, Royston composed themselves and came back strongly, and went close with several opportunities.
In the second half, it was much of the same as both teams battled for possession. Royston did begin to see more of the ball, with their forwards driving the ball forward with centre Rob Turner dazzling the Hertford defence.
Midway through the half, The Crows played some fast, following rugby, with both Turner and full-back Ed Army going close for a try.
With seconds on the clock and against the run of play, Hertford increased their lead, breaking free for an unconverted try in the corner to run out flattered 12-0 winners.
Green said: "All in all, it was a good game and I was extremely pleased with the way the youngsters played, they blended well with our more experienced and established players."
Green will be experimenting again on Saturday when his side travel to league rivals Old Albanians for another friendly match.
He said: "We have a few games before our final league game with Haberdashers, so I will be looking at different line ups. That will continue on Saturday where we will again be blooding the youngsters - we're already building for next season.