MATCH REPORT: Rams 27 – Rosslyn Park 20

Rams 27-20 Rosslyn Park

Two penalty tries gave Rams a last-move win over Rosslyn Park in a gruelling battle at Old Bath Road.

Four disciplinary scores were handed out with four sin-bins by referee Harry Walbaum as Park dropped to second in the Nat 1 table.

Park took the early initiative as their maul on 10 minutes earned a penalty try as Rams lock Connor Stapley was sin-binned.

The home side briefly went down to 13 men when Cameron Zeiss was sin-binned for a high tackle nine minutes later.

But punishment came six minutes later, Arthur Ellis going over the line after five attempts.

Rams, though, had something to say as Tom Vooght finished their own maul with six minutes to go.

Andrew Humberstone cut the gap to four points on 46 minutes for Craig Holland’s offside tackle, seeing him sin-binned.

Harry Leonard kicked his own five minutes later but a Rams score by Niall Kidd on the hour put the pressure back on.

Park’s substitute fly-half, though, was on hand again to kick his second penalty with 11 minutes to go.

But a sin-bin for Henry Spencer on 77 minutes allowed Rams to win a penalty try two minutes later.

Despite some last-gasp defending, the boys could not stop the home team getting another penalty try in the last move of the game.

Rams

Tries: Vooght 34, Kidd 59, Penalty 77, 80
Conversions:
Penalties: Humberstone 46
Sin Bins: Stapley C 10, Zeiss 19

Team (15-9/1-8): Kieran Leicester; Jak Rossiter, Stevie Bryant, Andrew Humberstone, Conor Corrigan; Alex Seers (Connor Hayhow 16), Ollie Cole

(Jack Moates 60); Jack Steadman (Niall Kidd 51), Ben Henderson, Cam Zeiss (McDonnell-Roberts 51); Ollie Taylor, Connor Stapley; Jamie

Guttridge (Sean McDonnell-Roberts 21; Guttridge 32; Ross Crame 60), Tom Vooght, Robbie Stapley ©

Rosslyn Park

Tries: Penalty 10, Ellis 25
Conversions: Holland 26
Penalties: Leonard 51, 69
Sin Bins: Holland 46, Spencer 73

Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson (Edwards 66); Nick Scott, Henry Cheeseman, Joe Munro ©, Neville Edwards (Harry Leonard 46); Craig Holland,

Dave Lewis (Jack Gash 60); Kyle Traynor (Ali Wade 77), Tom Vaughan-Edwards (Owen Hughes 66), Paul Doran-Jones (Nick Lovell 69); Sam

Twomey, Gregor Gillanders; James Freeman, Arthur Ellis, Henry Spencer

Attendance: 500

Referee: Harry Walbaum

HT: 5-14

Star Man: Tom Vooght – Rams

Results

Bishop’s Stortford 43-0 Canterbury
Blackheath 33-17 Rotherham Titans
Chinnor 34-22 Cambridge
Cinderford 24-18 Old Elthamians
DMP 66-8 Birmingham Moseley
Hull Ionians 7-36 Sale FC
Rams 27-20 Rosslyn Park
Richmond 30-31 Plymouth Albion

Table

  • Richmond overtake Park to top the table as they were awarded two bonus points in their loss to Plymouth Albion.
  • Rams’s try-scoring bonus point keeps them in third – but are now only one point behind Park.
  • Blackheath are fourth and still level with the Nat 2 South champions, now on 44 points.
  • Cinderford and Chinnor stay fifth and sixth respectively.
  • DMP’s dismantling of Birmingham Moseley sees them leapfrog Old Elthamians into seventh after the London side’s lost to Cindy.
  • OEs are being chased down by Sale and Bishop’s Stortford, whose wins keep them ninth and tenth but only one point behind.
  • Albion’s last-gasp win at the Richmond Athletic Ground propels them to 11th with a bonus point win.
  • Cambridge’s scoring bonus in the loss to Chinnor puts them above Moseley into 12th.
  • Rotherham Titans, Hull Ionians and Canterbury stay as they are in the bottom three, gaining no points this weekend.

Bishop’s Stortford preview

Park welcome a Stortford side that have pushed the league’s big teams close and are starting to find some dangerous form.

The Hertfordshire side will be flying high after crushing Canterbury 43-0 at Silver Leys.

Fans will remember the last clash between these sides fondly as an epic 27-25 win while the last game at the Rock was won 25-17.

Report compiled by Warren Muggleton follow Warren at: https://twitter.com/WMuggleton