Datchworth claim win after heated game with Fullerians
PUBLISHED: 07:01 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009
London 4 North West Fullerians 5 Datchworth 11 DATCHWORTH collected two more points after winning a heated away encounter against Fullerians 11-5. It was the second time this season that the villagers had beaten the Watford-based outfit. The game kicked
London 4 North West
Fullerians 5 Datchworth 11
DATCHWORTH collected two more points after winning a heated away encounter against Fullerians 11-5.
It was the second time this season that the villagers had beaten the Watford-based outfit.
The game kicked off in windy conditions and on a very muddy pitch.
Although the visitors tried to manipulate the speed and tempo of play, Fullerians were able to keep them at bay and really slow things down.
With the type of rugby being played, and the weather conditions as they were, this really wasn't a game for the spectators.
It was Datchworth who put the first points on the board with an awarded penalty for a holding onto the ball offence.
Tom Wood stepped up and slotted the ball over to secure the initial three points to the men in green.
It became very obvious early on what the home side's game plan was.
At every opportunity they were attempting to rile up the Datchworth players and things did get heated on a number of occasions.
The Times Territory side were doing well not to retaliate to some physical tactics and it wasn't long before the visitors got that all-important try.
This came from a cleared ball picked up in his own half by winger Marc Bush.
Rather than kicking back into space, he decided to run at his opposite number.
Bush weaved his way at pace past three or four opponents before the full back got hold of him.
The ball was then placed back and recycled swiftly.
It was then quickly passed through the hands of the Datchworth backs before centre James Watt got his hands on the ball and drove over for the first try of the game.
Datchworth were now starting to dominate play across the park and there were a number of occasions where they came close and really should have scored two or three more tries in the first half alone.
The Fullerians defence held strong to keep the score down to 8-0 at half-time.
After the break a rather disappointing stalemate ensued.
Some over-physical tactics resulted in the Fullerians No 8 being shown a yellow card.
Despite this, the hosts managed to score a try in the corner.
The visitors' response was quick and was followed by another three points from fly-half Tom Wood.
The whistle blew for full time with Datchworth securing a 11-5 victory.
This game wasn't quite up to the standard that the villagers have set in the last few games.
Datchworth are due to face Cheshunt this Saturday.