Hats off to Schurch the destroyer

PUBLISHED: 10:40 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 14:55 12 May 2010

Action from Royston’s clash with Hatfield - Pic: Dick Harding

Action from Royston’s clash with Hatfield - Pic: Dick Harding

Royston 37 Hatfield 5 ROYSTON finished the year on a high and maintained their impressive unbeaten record with another polished display. With a fine end to 2006, Royston put in a very solid performance, especially from the returning Scott Easy and Nick

Royston 37 Hatfield 5

ROYSTON finished the year on a high and maintained their impressive unbeaten record with another polished display.

With a fine end to 2006, Royston put in a very solid performance, especially from the returning Scott Easy and Nick Alford, who replaced Steve Patmore in the front row.

Throughout the match Royston's forwards bombarded their opponents with powerful moves, and dominated the majority of play.

Their strength in the tackle and hard graft enabled their backs to shine.

Michael Schurch looked composed, and in threatening form scored 26 points - with a hat-trick of tries - and took the man-of-the-match award.

Billy Payne also got on the score sheet with a rare try between the posts, and Steve Bass ran in another over in the corner.

The visitors struggled to get into the match, and thanks to some tough defending by the home side, never really got into this encounter, although they did manage a consolation try.

Royston captain Steve Clay said: "Overall this was a very good team performance, which all the players should be proud of.

"We go into the new year with a potentially season-defining match against second-place Wasps, which we will be looking forward to.

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