Royston slip up against Colts

Royston under-17 0 Shelford Colts 38 AFTER a series of injuries and absences, Royston were finally able to resume competitive rugby on Sunday against a strong Shelford Colts. Royston were not optimistic of their chances, which were diminished by the las

Royston under-17 0 Shelford Colts 38

AFTER a series of injuries and absences, Royston were finally able to resume competitive rugby on Sunday against a strong Shelford Colts.

Royston were not optimistic of their chances, which were diminished by the last-minute withdrawals of three key players.

Shelford lent Royston a second row and prop forward for the first 20 minutes, but when the prop went off with a head injury, Royston brought on winger Danny Skuse to play in the front row with uncontested scrums.


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Royston also lost Adam Smith to a recurrence of a shoulder injury, and he was replaced by James O'Sullivan.

Nevertheless, the Royston forwards competed extremely well, with James Watson and man-of-the-match Jon Davies in outstanding form.

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The tackling by the backs, in particular Andy Smith and Stuart Goldfinch was exemplary, but the pressure and experience of the visitors eventually took its toll.

It was a good workout for Royston and it will stand them in good stead for their final game of the season at Cheshunt.

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