Tough test for Royston against leaders

William Dacey in action for Royston RFC. Picture: KARYN HADDON

William Dacey in action for Royston RFC. Picture: KARYN HADDON - Credit: Archant

Royston Rugby Club lost 29-10 to league leaders Old Streetonians at The Heath on Saturday.

Streetonians came out aggressively and the early pressure put them across Royston’s line, only for the ball to be held up by The Crows pack.

The ensuing scrum allowed Old Street to work around the corner and score under the posts, leaving an easy conversion.

Following the restart, Streetonians continued to apply pressure being awarded a penalty in Royston’s 22, allowing them to add another three points to the board.

Royston’s woes continued when a dropped high ball gave Old Streetonians possession on the half way line.

A well-placed grubber kick gave the visitors’ winger the gap he needed to score.

From this point, Royston seemed to find a bit of stability, putting together an offensive of their own.

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Old Streetonians defended well, but gave away a penalty, allowing Will Dacey to kick Royston’s first points of the game.

The second half of the match saw both sides looking for gaps with no real gain, however it was Old Streetonians who once again came out of top.

They earned a penalty in the corner that, after several phases, resulted in a try and conversion.

Following a period of sustained pressure by Royston, with strong carries from the forwards, Josh Brock shepherded the ball under the posts for Dacey to convert.

In the last play of the game Old Streetonians scored once more, leaving the final score at Royston 29-10 Old Streetonians.

Royston 2nds had a better run in their away match against Cuffley 2nds.

The game followed a pattern of repeated attacks by both teams, with neither side managing to put together a solid defence.

Royston were the first to score, picking up three tries early on in the encounter, with Tom Greaves converting two.

The match looked to be in The Crows’ hands, however Cuffley caught the visitors napping, scoring two tries of their own.

The game continued in a similar vein with both the home side and visitors scoring.

It was Royston that came out on top, winning 36-28, it was a good win for the Crows in their Merit table campaign.