Datchworth back to winning ways after UCS Old Boys triumph

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:00 10 December 2014

UCSOB v Datchworth Rugby photo by Nick Cook

UCSOB v Datchworth Rugby photo by Nick Cook

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Despite being without key men Stuart Young, Matt Francis, Tom Bennett and Joe Richardson, Datchworth bounced back from defeat at home to Fullerians to beat UCS Old Boys 38-22.

Datchworth came flying out of the blocks and within the opening 10 minutes had raced into an early advantage. David Bartlett turned over an opposition line-out and Henry Mountain took full advantage of a disorganised home defence to break the line and score under the posts.

Captain Tom Wood converted.

The Men in Green then marched back into the UCS half and again it was Mountain, in for the injured Young, who picked up from the base of the scrum to go over.

Wood converted to make the game 14-0.

UCS managed to get a penalty just before the break but the visitors went in leading 14-3.

The Villagers made a visible point of starting the second half strongly in order to put the game to bed, and James Watt’s touch of magic opened up the scoring.

A penalty inside the Datchworth half was taken quickly by Watt who showed electrifying pace to ghost passed the whole UCS team from inside his own half and score in the corner. Wood kicked the extras from the touchline to take the advantage to 18 points.

Home mistakes started to add up with Mark Holgate causing a nuisance to the UCS line-out, and when they tried to force a pass from their own half Lyndon Wainwright read the play and intercepted to score again.

UCS eventually mounted a sustained attack on the villagers, and when Mountain was sent to the sin bin, the Londoners made the extra player count with two converted tries in quick succession to take the game to 28-17 with 15 minutes still to play.

Datchworth returned to their full compliment, and added another try near the end. Vice-captain Sam Brunton went over in the corner for his first try in almost three years. Captain Wood maintained his 100 per cent kicking performance to take the game to 35-17.

A late penalty further put the away side in charge at 38-17 but Old Boys did recover to score the final try, but they were long since beaten.

It was a win and a bonus point for the villagers after their shock 15-6 defeat to Fullerians two weeks prior.


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