Smith outstanding in Royston win
PUBLISHED: 16:29 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010
Mill Hill 15 Royston 24 ROYSTON travelled to Mill Hill this week eager to continue the impressive form they have shown so far since the turn of the year. Preparations for the game were not helped when all players got stuck in traffic no more than a mile f
Mill Hill 15 Royston 24
ROYSTON travelled to Mill Hill this week eager to continue the impressive form they have shown so far since the turn of the year.
Preparations for the game were not helped when all players got stuck in traffic no more than a mile for the ground, and this left minimal time to warm up and get into the right mindset to play rugby.
Mill Hill attacked from the off, gaining lots of ground and allowing Royston very little ball and it was evident that the short warm up had not helped the visitors as when they did get possession they found it difficult to maintain.
The Crows held out for the first 10 minutes of the game but eventually the constant Mill Hill pressure led to the home team getting the first points of the match in the form of a converted try.
Although they went ahead, the hosts didn't let up and they continued to put Royston on the back foot and before the first half was up they had racked up another eight points in the form of a second try and a penalty.
Outstanding tackling from the likes of Scott Easy, Alex Hiom and scrum-half James Martin kept the first half deficit to a minimum and notable performances from Dan Ritsema and winger Andy Smith when dealing with high balls in the low sun helped with damage limitation before the half time whistle was blown.
The short break obviously gave Royston the time they need to get their heads straight as they came out like a completely different team.
The biggest difference was with their pack which finally started to secure the ball at rucks and mauls.
This gave the backs opportunities to run and it wasn't long before Andy Smith clamed his first try of the match and added the conversion.
Shortly afterwards the backs showed their class when the ball was moved slickly through the hands to winger Steve Bass who was brought down just yards from the line.
Exceptional support play from Martin rewarded him with a try which brought the crows to within three points.
Fly-half Jason Deards, now being given plenty of clean ball, showed his experience with a well balanced game of kicking and the home team got frustrated by this and they received two sin bins which left gaps for Royston to secure a win with another two tries.
Steve Clay found himself in plenty of space to run in under the posts from 40 metres out and Smith added the conversion then scored a great individual try on his wing himself.
With an 11 point lead Royston had given themselves an opportunity to ease off in the final minutes and plan a different traffic route back to Royston.
Next up for Royston is a home tie against Old Grammarians this Saturday.