Plate success for Royston Rugby Club

Hitchin Rugby v Royston

Hitchin Rugby v Royston - Credit: Archant

A fine 25-15 victory away to Hitchin saw Royston retain the G A Kelly Plate last Saturday.

Hitchin Rugby v Royston

Hitchin Rugby v Royston - Credit: Archant

With Hitchin being a league above Royston, it was always going to be a hard fought game but the visitors withstood some early pressure before scoring the first try of the game through Ben Risema who raced through the opposition back line to scored under the posts. The conversion was successful.

Royston took confidence through this score and soon added another with Tom Crawley showing a burst of pace round his man and score in the corner. The conversion was unsuccessful.

Hitchin soon replied with an intercept try which was not converted.

However, it was Royston who ended the half the stronger, putting heavy pressure on the Hitchin defence with several phases just outside the tryline before passing the ball out wide for Sam Morris to get of the scoresheet.

Again the conversion attempt was not successful.

The second half was a fiercely fought contest with both sides fighting hard for possession.

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However, Royston dealt the hammer blow when Michael Schurch stepped his winger to score.

The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, but a successful penalty moments later secured the victory and even a Hitchin try could not affect the result as Royston walked off with the Plate.