MATCH REPORT: Rosslyn Park 33 – Old Elthamians 20

By Warren Muggleton

Saturday 21 December 2019
Rosslyn Park 33-20 Old Elthamians

Hugo Ellis’ brace guided Rosslyn Park to a 33-20 win against Old Elthamians, ending the decade with a win at The Rock.

Craig Holland capitalised on a defensive error to open as Dan Laventure and Joe Munro put the London side on top at Christmas.

Rosslyn Park vs Old Elthamians 21/12/2019

Park were handed the lead after 14 minutes when Tom Vaughan-Edwards picked up Ben Howard’s kick in the middle of the pitch. The hooker then used some quick-thinking to feed Holland, who charged through an open gap in OEs’ defence and into the corner. But the visitors were on the scoreboard 10 minutes later, Ollie Bryant kicking a penalty from the 22-metre line.

Park responded in the best way as they immediately hassled OEs’ try line – and Laventure found the gap on the half-hour. The third try was secured on the stroke of half time, Ellis hitting the turf from a driving maul.

And Kieran Power’s men came out firing for the second half, being rewarded with the captain’s second driving maul three minutes in as well as scoring bonus point.

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Elthamians found space on 56 minutes when substitute Alex Brown’s counter-attack saw Ollie Claxton pick up a loose ball for the visitors’ first try. But Park responded once again, Joe Munro running from deep to scythe through the defence on the hour.

The visitors were not finished, though, as substitute Nathan Morris drove over from a maul with 16 minutes to go.

Fans were left on the edge of their seats when winger Neville Edwards was sin-binned for an offside tackle on 71 minutes. But Elthamians could only muster another mauling try, finished by centurion Lewis Brown, as Park returned to the top of National League One.

Rosslyn Park
Tries: Holland 14, Laventure 29, Ellis H 39, 43, Munro 60
Conversions: Holland 15, 30, 44, 61
Penalties:
Sin Bins: Edwards 71
Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson; Ben Howard (Harry Leonard 65), Nick Scott, Joe Munro, Neville Edwards; Craig Holland (Howard 69), Jack Gash (Dave Lewis 55; Gash 74)); Kyle Traynor (Ali Wade 66), Tom Vaughan-Edwards (Owen Hughes 52), Paul Doran-Jones; Sam Twomey, Gregor Gillanders; Dan Laventure, Arthur Ellis (Henry Spencer 65), Hugo Ellis ©

Old Elthamians
Tries: Claxton 56, Morris 67, Brown Le 76
Conversions: Bryant 57
Penalties: Bryant 24
Sin Bins:
Team (15-9/1-8): Louis Brown; Bryan Hotston, Marc Koteczky, George Eastwell, Alex Goble (Alex Brown 49); Ollie Bryant, Ollie Claxton (Rhys Morgan 57); Tom Concu (Lewis Brown 55), Jared Saunders (Nathan Morris 55), Austin Hay (Concu 63); Dylan Flashman, Perry Parker (Dom McGeekie 57); Harry Ledger, Hamish Barton ©, Mike Kovacic

Attendance: 700
Referee: Nick Wood
HT: 19-3
Star Man: Hugo Ellis – Rosslyn Park

Results

Birmingham Moseley 27-29 Rams
Blackheath 28-17 Canterbury
Cambridge 23-16 Bishop’s Stortford
Chinnor 5-21 Richmond
Darlington Mowden Park 92-7 Hull Ionians
Plymouth Albion 5-18 Cinderford
Rosslyn Park 33-20 Old Elthamians
Sale 49-7 Rotherham Titans

National League 1 table

National 1 Table 23/12/19

  • Rosslyn Park’s bonus-point win sees them leapfrog Richmond to top National League One.
  • Rams join the London side on 59 points but Kieran Power’s men lead the pack on account of fewer games lost.
  • Blackheath and Darlington Mowden Park’s heavyweight hauls put them in fourth and fifth respectively.
  • Chinnor’s first home loss since October drops them from fourth to sixth.
  • Cinderford’s south-west derby against Plymoth Albion earns an extra place in the league, climbing to seventh. They have a game in hand, which could still put them fourth.
  • Old Elthamians are one of the biggest losers of the weekend, free falling form fifth to eight after their London derby loss.
  • Sale’s seven-try win over Rotherham Titans lifts them from 11th to ninth.
  • Cambridge’s win against Bishop’s Stortford pulls them into Sale’s former place while the Hertfordshire side drop to 10th, two points clear of their derby rivals.
  • Albion remain on 39 points, joined by the Blood and Sand, but drop to 12th.
  • Birmingham Moseley’s last-gasp loss to Rams keeps them 13th, nine points clear of the relegation zone.
  • Titans, Hull Ionians and Canterbury all suffered, keeping them on the same points and in the same positions.

Canterbury preview

Park kick off 2020 with their first trip to the Marine Travel Ground against Canterbury since 2010's National 3 South clash.

The Kent side battled valiantly against Blackheath but were non-plussed by three early tries in a 28-17 loss.

Kieran Power’s men will be full of confidence for this trip after recording their biggest win of the season against them in September with a 47-14 win.