MATCH REPORT: Rosslyn Park 20 Sale 15

Saturday 16 October 2021
Rosslyn Park 20 Sale 15

Rosslyn Park managed to secure a 20-15 win in a titanic battle with Sale FC in their third home match this season.

Tries from captain Hugo Ellis, Austin Hay and Benji Marfo and a Craig Holland penalty saw Park over the line in the end.

Sale scored through tries from captain Fergus Mulchrone and Jordan Tebbatt along with a Chris Johnson penalty.

The away side threw everything at Park but came up in short in the end.

Park started the strongest and their forward pack was on fire early on with Ellis scoring a try from a ruck.

Sale’s line out was a weak point and Park capitalised on this. Their second try came after 23 minutes with Park stealing a Sale line out and Hay’s power saw him go over the white-wash.

Park then scored their third through some beautiful back play and it was Marfo that went over in the corner having scored in the corresponding fixture in 2020.

However, Sale hit back and Tebbatt broke through the Park defence like a knife through butter to score the try and make it a ten point game at half time.

Sale scored a penalty through Chris Johnson to bring the score within seven before captain Mulchrone scored Sale’s second.

Park were bolstered by the return of Holland and it was his penalty that was the deciding factor in the match.

Sale broke free with the clock gone red and launched one last counter attack but Park held on for a dramatic victory.

Rosslyn Park

Tries : Ellis 3, Hay 23 , Marfo 36
Conversions: Smith 23
Penalties: Holland 65
Sin Bins: Ellis

Team (15-9/1-8): Henry Robinson, Benji Marfo , Nick Scott, Lewis Jones, Ben Howard, Luc Smith ; Dave Lewis, Kyle Traynor, Jared Saunders, Austin Hay, Dylan Flashman, Gregor Gillanders, Dan Laventure, Josh Poole, Hugo Ellis (C)

Replacements: Ryan Jackson, Ali Wade , Henry Spencer, Luke Baldwin, Craig Holland

Sale FC

Tries: Tebbatt 38 , Mulchrone 46
Conversions: N/A
Penalties: Johnson 42
Sin Bins:

Team (15-9/1-8): Joe Carpenter, Jack Metcalf, Fergus Mulchrone, James Robins, Tom Walsh, Chris Johnson, Matt Bradley; Dan Birchall, Ollie Longmore, Callum Ford, Rhys Davies, Nick Gray, Jake Barron, Seb Cecil, Stone Priestly-Nangle

Replacements: Tuma Onasanya, Josh Brown, Jordan Tebbatt, Mark Dixon, Callum Morris

HT: 17-7
Attendance: 570
Star Man: Austin Hay


Plymouth Albion 34-12 Birmingham Moseley
Cambridge 22-22 Caldy
Chinnor 20- 23 Darlington Mowden Park
Cinderford 50-12 Leeds Tykes
Rosslyn Park 20-15 Sale FC
Bishop's Stortford19- 21Rams
Tonbridge Juddians 12-21 Blackheath

National League 1 table

  • Rosslyn Park’s remain third after playing their seventh match this season.
  • Cinderford lead the league after demolishing Leeds Tykes by 50-12
    Cambridge and Caldy played out a spectacular 22 all draw.
  • Rams defeat Bishops Stortford by two points to remain second in the league
  • Plymouth Albion record a stunning victory over Birmingham Moseley winning 34-12.
  • Over 40 tries were scored this weekend.

Cinderford preview

Next up for Park sees a home clash against league leaders Cinderford in what should be a clash to saviour.

Cinderford recently despatched Leeds Tykes by 50-12 and Park will look to avoid the same thing happening at home when the two sides meet in a fortnights time at The Rock.