Datchworth too strong for Old Streetonians

PUBLISHED: 16:17 29 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:18 29 October 2013

Datchworth Rugby v Old Streetonians

Datchworth Rugby v Old Streetonians


Captain Matt Francis led by example on his return from injury to guide Datchworth to a 36-5 demolition of Old Streetonians.

Six tries and three conversions saw Datchworth come away with a five-point victory against lowly Streetonians on Saturday.

From the off it was obvious that Datchworth meant business and although there was some early pressure from the visitors, it only took 10 minutes for the hosts to open their account.

Francis, who had a storming 80 minute performance on return from injury, split open Streetonians’ defence and ran in under the post, fly-half Tom Wood duly converted.

This was quickly followed up by a try from wing James Watt. A darting run saw him beat four of the opposition before scoring in the corner on 18 minutes to take it to 12-0.

Streetonians weren’t going down without a fight though and soon hit back.

Resolute defending from Datchworth was not enough and their winger managed to get their solitary try in the corner on 25 minutes.

Datchworth still had time to squeeze in one more try before half-time though, a strong run from Mark Holgate broke through the opposition defence and he bundled over the try line.

This was converted by Wood and the score at the break was 19-5.

Datchworth scored three further tries in the second half; a marvellous line from centre Stuart Young was the first, followed off by a great team try by Michael Skinner on 61 minutes and finished by try machine Watt after 69 minutes.

Wood converted one of the three to leave the final score 36-5. It was a well earnt, positive bonus point win for the Men in Green.

Saturday sees Datchworth go to arch-rivals Hitchin in what is always a tasty affair.

Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

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