Pretty Green leave Old Merchant Taylors’ in a jam with attacking eight-try win
PUBLISHED: 16:56 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 03 October 2017
Datchworth Rugby Club made it two wins in two after an eight-try demolition at Old Merchant Taylors’.
The 48-19 success followed a 24-7 win a week earlier against Finchley and has lifted the Men in Green up to sixth in London North West Three.
Both sides looked boisterous during their respective warm-up routines but, with Datchworth missing both head coach Ian Reid and several key players due to injury and unavailability, the rest were keen to make their mark and this showed from kick-off.
Datchworth’s centre partnership of Dylan Rice and Nolan looked dangerous with and without possession from the off but the front row trio of Hollis, Blackwell and Nick Gudgin were left frustrated as they waited 15 minutes before the first scrum.
And it was from the second one of the day that Datchworth went in front after a sliced clearance remained in goal and Holgate dropped on the loose ball.
The versatile Richard Mills, in at fly-half berth for the encounter, added the extras.
Rice and Nolan continued to absorb any OMT attacks and Datchworth moved up a gear just before the half hour.
A series of drives to the line led to a scrum 10m out and a pushover try, holgate again getting the final touch.
The teams traded converted tries before the break, John Simons getting the Datch score, but OMT raised their game after the interval and got their second try to narrow the gap to five.
Datchworth continued to wobble from the restart and OMT pushed forward again but a turnover was sent wide quickly and the Greens got their bonus-point score through James Watt.
Rowlinson go the fifth with some clever footwork and Watt got his second and Datchworth’s sixth before making way for Max Stannard.
The closing 10 minutes provided plenty for the spectators. A green scrum was halted short of the line before Morgan Smith again picked and went blind and sharp thinking from Wood put Rice in.
the final away score went to Smith, another product of Datchworth’s youth setup, ground his first try for the first team.
OMT scored late but this was a much improved attacking display from Datchworth, who will take many positives from the game into their game with Hitchin on Saturday.