MATCH REPORT: Rosslyn Park vs Cinderford

ROSSLYN PARK 42-29 CINDERFORD

SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER

By RHYS STRATTON

The 1st XV produced a dominant performance in a bonus point win on Saturday to see off a spirited challenge from Cinderford.

The visitors opened the scoring in the first few minutes through a Joe Winfield penalty kick before a rampant Park went on to run in three tries unanswered. First, a beautifully weighted Josh Bragman pass found Benji Marfo out wide in the 5m channel. Despite the lack of wiggle room, the clinical winger somehow managed to still beat two men and cross over in the corner. Next, Josh Addams scythed through the defensive line to finish off a slick set piece move before tight-head prop Austin Hay got in on the scoring action when he picked and went from outside the Cinderford 22 and ran it in under the posts.

Cinderford finally got their first try late in the half through front-rower Shaun Knight. The score came against a 14-man Park who had lost Captain Arthur Ellis to the sin bin following what looked to be a clean turnover during a break by the visitors which the referee ultimately deemed to be illegal.

The second half opened with a brilliant solo score from Luc Smith as the fullback stepped inside the drifting Cinderford defence before putting his foot on the gas to outrace his opposite number to the corner. The away side answered back quickly through flanker Joe Mullis before Park re-established the previous lead via a powerful carry by Craig Stevenson. Cinderford again responded well to conceding and replied just a few minutes later with a try by Nathan Taylor from the back of a driving maul.

With a little over 10 minutes left, Jordan Martin was deemed to have failed in retreating 10m at a Cinderford tap-and-go which resulted in a yellow card for the flanker and a penalty try for the visitors. With time running down and Cinderford striving to hold on to their two losing bonus points under some serious Park pressure, Dan Hodge collapsed a maul which resulted in a yellow card for the back-rower. Park continued to pile on the pressure and eventually it was Cameron Terry who had the final say as the hooker crashed over from a 5m tap-and-go to secure the win and deny Cinderford a second losing bonus point.

Referee: Matthew Sharpe

ROSSLYN PARK

Tries: Marfo (5’), Addams (11’), Hay (21’), Smith (44’), Stevenson (53’), Terry (76’)
Conversions: Bragman (6’, 12’, 22’, 45’, 54’, 77’)
Penalties: N/A
Yellow Cards: Ellis (32’), Martin (66’)

Team: Garvey, Terry, Hay, Stevenson, Spencer, Martin, Ellis, Bolwell, Hiscocks, Bragman, Marfo, Gordon, Kelly, Addams, Smith

Replacements: Cameron, Cade, Cleet, Manihera, Glover

CINDERFORD

Tries: Knight (39’), Mullis (49’), Taylor (56’), Penalty (66’)
Conversions: Winfield (40’, 50’)
Penalties: Winfield (2’)
Yellow Cards: Hodge (74’)

Team: Edwards, Taylor, S. Knight, Jerrum, Thompson, Shields, Mullis, Pearce, Williams, Winfield, Hendy, Forrester, Baldwin, Jones, Wilcox

Replacements: Porter, Elliot, Hodge, Evans, T. Knight

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Birmingham Moseley P – P Richmond
Bishop’s Stortford 13 – 6 Darlington Mowden Park
Leicester Lions 15 – 40 Chinnor
Rams 22 – 20 Plymouth Albion
Sedgley Park P – P Blackheath
Taunton Titans 32 – 56 Sale FC

This week in National One saw Bishop’s Stortford and Rams join the 1st XV in picking up wins at home, however neither could replicate Park’s 5-point result. Elsewhere, Chinnor and Sale ran out as bonus-point winners away from home against Leicester and Taunton respectively, whilst the Moseley vs Richmond and Sedgley Park vs Blackheath matches were postponed until a later date.

Up Next for Park is a trip across London to take on our old foes in Blackheath.