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1st XV 8 v 25 Datchworth RFC - Away Cup Draw on 21 Apr 2018

Published on Monday, 23 April 2018

Datchworth took Hitchin by surprise and scored an unconverted try in the first minute.

Hitchin fought back into the Datchworth 22 with good inter-passing and a strong run by Rooney down the left wing.  This led to a penalty to Hitchin which Ben Wiggins converted.

Excellent tackling by Hitchin and a good turnover and play moved towards the Datchworth 22.

But Datchworth collected a loose kick ahead, kicked over the top of the Hitchin backs and regathered the all and took the play to the Hitchin 22 where they were awarded a penalty which they converted to three points.

From the kick off Hitchin recycled the ball and passed it along the backs for James Ellis to go over for his first try for the club.  The conversion missed narrowly.

From a  scrum inside the Hitchin 22 the Datchworth centre scythed through the defence to score under the posts to make the conversion a formality.

A penalty against Datchworth for not rolling away was kicked for the lineout but the ball was subsequently knocked on for a scrum to Datchworth.

With 10 minutes to go a penalty to Hitchin was kicked for the lineout but Hitchin lost possession.

At this point the momentum was in Hitchin’s favour until Hitchin lock Sam Underwood went down with what turned out to be a badly broken leg.

Play eventually  moved to another pitch, but the long delay had affected Hitchin more than Datchworth.

Hitchin playing up the slope in the second half were finding it difficult to get out of their won half but two scrums against the head and a strong run from captain Bolter  saw play move into the Datchworth 22; but a lineout was lost and play moved into the Hitchin half.  The ball was kicked over the Hitchin line but they managed to win the race for the touchdown to get a drop out on the 22.

This was repeated a few minutes later as Datchworth continued to pressure the Hitchin line and the ball was judged to be held up over the line.

The pressure resulted in Hitchin conceding a penalty which was converted.

Hitchin fought back to within 15m of the Datchworth line, but a penalty for wheeling the scrum  enabled the defence to clear their lines

With ten minutes to go Datchworth scored a final try and converted it to make the final score Datchworth 25 Htichin 8.

Team Sean McGinnity, Thomas Tidey, James Akrill, Samuel Underwood, Nick Panton, Adam Baird, Frederick Rooney, James Bolter, William Evans, Ben Wiggins, Jack Powell, Dale Baines, Tom Harries, William Rooney, Harry Cartwright

Subs William sale, Lewis Pettinger, James Donovan, James Ellis

Scores T: James Ellis (1) P: Ben Wiggins (1)

London North West 3 The league: London North West 3



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