MATCH REPORT: Rosslyn Park 28 28 Plymouth Albion

Rosslyn Park 28 28 Plymouth Albion
Saturday 30th April 2022

By George Havord

Two tries in the final five minutes of the game from Henry Clement earned Plymouth Albion a well deserved tie in an enthralling clash that ended 28-28.

Clement got the away side back into the contest when he ran over to get the score back to 28-21. Straight from kick off Rosslyn Park switched off and Plymouth ran straight down the other end to shock the Londoners.

A powerful carry from Clement broke multiple Park tackles who were at sixes and sevens defensively. Putt kept his cool to convert, giving Plymouth 3 points on their travels.

Two tries from driving mauls from Prop Austin Hay and a lung busting run from Winger Ben Howard put Jonathan Mills’ side 21-7 at half time.

Park came out for the second half with the same intensity as they had in the first. Captain Hugo Ellis, in his final game of rugby, got his 128th and last try for Rosslyn Park. It looked to be a fairytale end for the skipper who has led Park for 9 seasons. But there is no room for sentiment in sport.

The two late tries from Plymouth put the end to any Hollywood ending for Ellis. Park finish 3rd for the third season in a row. Getting over the line has been difficult for Park who at one point were 10 points clear at the top of Nat1.

Plymouth end the season on a high and comfortably safe of relegation.

Rosslyn Park
Tries: Hay 13', 39', Howard 34', H.Ellis 43'
Conversions: Holland 14', 35', 40', 44'
Sin Bin:

Team (15-9/1-8): Luc Smith, Josh Addams, Brandon Jackson, Henry Cheeseman, Ben Howard, Craig Holland, Jack Gash, Ali Wade, Charlie Piper, Austin Hay, Dylan Flashman, Gregor Gillandes, Dan Laventure, Arthur Ellis, Hugo Ellis

Replacements: Sam Garvey, Ollie Dawe, Jamie Gray, Dave Lewis, Nick Scott

Plymouth Albion
Tries: Mills 17', Salter 56', Clement 76', 78'
Conversions: Putt 18', 77', 79'
Sin Bin:

Team (15-9/1-8): Connor Eastgate, Frankie Nowell, Ben Parsons, Jeremy To’a, Shea Cornish, Tom Putt, Tom Cairns, Danny Southworth, Jamie Salter, Ramaz Rukhadze, Dan Collier, Torin Clarke, Max Norey, George Mills, Herbie Stupple

Replacements: Harry Wilkinson, Dan Pullinger, Wayne Sprangle, Henry Clement, Alex Ducker

HT: 21-7
MOTM: Hugo Ellis

Bishop's Stortford 20-23 Tonbridge Juddians
Cinderford 53-28 Blackheath
Darlington Mowden Park 52-24 Birmingham Moseley
Rams 45-7 Cambridge
Rosslyn Park 28-28 Plymouth Albion
Sale FC 50-17 Chinnor
Taunton 24-41 Leeds Tykes

National League 1 Table

Caldy end the season 17 games unbeaten and deserved winners of Nat1
Sale FC's victory over Chinnor means they stay second, leaving us in third position
Blackheath's defeat means they're relegated from the division along with Tonbridge Juddians

And there we have it. The end of a long and enjoyable season. The boys have provided us with some fantastic moments and matches it the first full season post Covid.

Thank you for all your support. It was amazing to have full crowds down at The Rock and to see so many people back enjoying themselves.

Have an amazing summer and see you all next season! #ComeOnPark