Seniors and juniors enjoy cup success while Datchworth girls play first game

PUBLISHED: 11:53 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 23 November 2017

Datchworth's U10 and U11 sides both picked up trophies at Hertford's floodlit festival.

Datchworth's U10 and U11 sides both picked up trophies at Hertford's floodlit festival.


Datchworth made amends for last week’s drubbing at the hands of Stevenage with a comprehensive 27-10 win away to Stowmarket in the second round of the RFU Senior Vase.

The visitors enjoyed a fine start to the game, forcing Stowmarket back early on, and Richard Mills got the first score with a penalty on four minutes much to the delight of the 30 travelling supporters.

The fly-half added another three points shortly after as the possession stats started to balance out.

It allowed the hosts to score the first try with a well-worked move out wide, breaking the line on the second phase, although they couldn’t convert.

And Datchworth increased the lead from some good pressure play.

Sam McBroom made a 20-metre carry which was recycled to debutant winger Keith Carmichael.

And when he was held up, McBroom, Mark Holgate and Sam Brunton combined to put Mills under the posts.

Datchworth started the second half as eager as the first, and were soon rewarded with another try.

Mills made an interception in his own half, before outsprinting the covering defender to go over again, under the posts.

Another conversion took his and Datchworth’s tally to 20 points.

The home side were next on the scoresheet, however, with a quick break from the scrum half beating three tacklers to score in the corner.

But the game was clinched after a clearance kick found its way down full-back Tom Bennett’s throat just outside the 22.

He attempted to emulate his childhood hero Jason Robinson, rounding the first man on the outside, stepping inside to beat the second and then going outside again to beat defender number three and score.

Mills was again on target, this time from the touchline.

The draw for round three takes place on Wednesday.

Datch return to league action on Saturday at home to Kilburn Cosmos.

The mini section was also enjoying cup success on Saturday.

The U10 and U11 sides both won their groups at Hertford’s floodlit festival bringing home trophies in the process.

And on Sunday, the mini section hosted Leighton Buzzard before the newly-formed girls team held their first ever fixture, with girls competing from Old Albanian, Fullerians, Welwyn, Tabard, Watford and Chess Valley.

Datchworth girls’ organiser Phil Solomon was grinning from ear to ear and rightly so having started the season with a handful of players.

To now be playing fixtures is a great achievement.

For more information on girls rugby at Datchworth, ring Phil on 07730 612081 or email

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