MATCH REPORT: Rosslyn Park 38 – Hull Ionians 8

match report

Rosslyn Park 38-8 Hull Ionians

Ben Howard’s brace set up a six-try haul for Rosslyn Park against Hull Ionians at the Rock.

Kieran Power saw five different scorers get over the line, drawing level with Richmond at the top of the table.

The scoring started seven minutes into the game, Howard finishing off James Freeman’s break on the right wing.

Ionians nearly went clean through with James Tincknell’s run – but Dave Lewis put his body on the line to stop him.

And Park doubled their lead on 23 minutes, Josh Amadi’s debut break ending with a second score in two games for Nick Scott.

The visitors then handed a gift to Powers’ men as Tom Peters was sin-binned on the half-hour.

Hugo Ellis reacted quickly from the following line-out as Lewis fed a deep-running Howard for his second try.

But Ionians got on the board before the half-time whistle, Max Titchener slotting from 20 metres out on half time.

Park’s bonus point was secured five minutes into the restart as top-scorer Ellis pushed a maul over the line.

Gillanders used a feint to score his first try of the season 12 minutes later before Craig Holland ran round the right wing with four minutes to go.

Lewis Minikin grabbed a consolation try in the last move of the game as Park celebrated a try haul.

Match Stats

Rosslyn Park

Tries: Howard 7, 32 Scott 23, Ellis 45, Gillanders 57, Holland 76

Conversions: Holland 24, 46, 57


Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson (Lewis 68); Ben Howard (Robinson 77), Nick Scott, Joe Munro (Henry Cheeseman 53), Josh Amadi; Craig Holland, Dave Lewis (Jack Gash 53); Kyle Traynor (Doran-Jones 58), Karl Gibson (Owen Hughes 51), Paul Doran-Jones (Ali Wade 40); Sam Twomey (Dan Laventure 51), Gregor Gillanders; James Freeman, Mike Macfarlane, Hugo Ellis © (Gibson 69)

Hull Ionians

Tries: Minikin 80


Penalties: Titchener 40

Sin Bins: Peters 30

Team (15-9/1-8): Lewis Minikin; Seremaia Turagabeci (Luke Thundercliffe 26), Bill Hardy, James Tincknell, Jack Colbourne; Max Titchener, Sam Crane (Will Stowe 71); Josh Peace (Ryan Platten 62), Ben Stevenson, Ben Bell (Peace 76); Joe Makin, Tom Peters; Alex Torkington (Will Gaunt 58), James Sanderson © (George Mewbury 40), Eddie Brown

Attendance: 587

Referee: James Clarke

HT: 17-3

Star Man: Josh Amadi – Rosslyn Park


Cambridge 17-17 DMP
OEs 17-17 Stortford
Titans 7-30 Cinderford
Sale 8-7 Richmond
Canterbury 22-48 Rams
Moseley 5-9 Club
Albion 10-10 Chinnor
Rosslyn Park 38-8 Hull Ionians


Major changes

  • Park and Richmond are level at the top with 44 points but the boys take top spot on account of the draw against Chinnor earlier this month.
  • Rams win over Canterbury puts them level with Blackheath on 39 points but the Reading side take third thanks to an extra try bonus point.
  • Cinderford leap-frog from eighth to fifth, with a game in hand.
  • Chinnor’s draw against Plymouth Albion puts them level on 36 points with the Gloucestershire side but the win record keeps Cindy fifth.
  • Old Elthamians and Darlington Mowden Park’s draws see them drop to seventh and eighth respectively
  • Sale’s astonishing win over Richmond raises them up to ninth, the four points lifting them from 13th.
  • Bishop’s Stortford remain 10th while Birmingham Moseley’s narrow loss to Club drops them below the Hertfordshire side.
  • Cambridge and Albion suffered in Sale’s update, dropping a place to 12th and 13th respectively.
  • Losses for Rotherham Titans, Hull Ionians and Canterbury keeps them in the relegation zone in that order.

RAms preview

Park face another top-of-the-table clash as they travel to Rams for the first time in National League 1.

The National 2 South winners have been in sparkling form, continuing with a 48-22 win against Canterbury on the road.

The boys go to Old Bath Road for the first time – but they could be reunited with former Park man Connor Hayhow.

Report compiled by Warren Muggleton follow Warren at: