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East Leake 5 - 45 Rolls-Royce

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2013 05:26pm
Sinfin, City of Derby
By Robin Kennea
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Last season saw East Leake walk off their pitch having beaten a disappointing Royce’s team, and obviously some of the players were still feeling the sting as the team came out determined not to make the same mistakes this time round - even if this was a friendly.

In fact in was a matter of minutes before Royce’s were in front as the ball went loose from a scrum for the opposition to hack it straight to Danny Reddington, who shrugged off the centres to run under the posts with Arran Pamphilon adding the extra 2. Now some people may be happy with an early try, but not Danny who continued complaining about a Burrito from the previous night. Raising the question will Royce’s adopt a Premiership football club dietary scheme to stop any performance declines related to Mexican food?

Last season saw East Leake walk off their pitch having beaten a disappointing Royce’s team, and obviously some of the players were still feeling the sting as the team came out determined not to make the same mistakes this time round. In fact in was a matter of minutes before Royce’s were in front as the ball went loose from a scrum for the opposition to hack it straight to Danny Reddington, who shrugged off the centres to run under the posts with Arran Pamphilon adding the extra 2.  Now some people may be happy with an early try, but not Danny who continued complaining about a Burrito from the previous night. Raising the question will Royce’s adopt a Premiership football club dietary scheme to stop any performance declines related to Mexican food?

The game went scrappy in the next 20 minutes with a number of scrums and knocked-on lineouts, and the East Leake scrum-half leaving the pitch to throw up his previous night’s exploits. East Leake’s possession was to little avail as Royce’s put up a great defensive barricade with the tackling ferocity of Stuart Melvin being painfully felt by the opposition, which would continue right through the match. Royce’s were to score again as Charlie Kowszun kicked behind their back line for Liam Talbot to find himself racing up the touchline to drop on the bouncing ball over the try line. Arran then impressively dissected the posts from out wide. Soon after Arran then showed his counter attacking skills as he stepped round tackles to score the first of his brace.

Huddling around for the half time team talk it was clear that by cutting out the mistakes and penalties at the rucks then Royce’s would be out of sight. The team would take this on board as four second half tries came from Royce’s ripping through the East Leake defence. With Alex “Parling” Robinson calling the shots, the lineout began to look solid, the hooker constantly hitting the fourth jumper allowing for Royce’s to gain territory. A scrum on the 5m line gave Charlie the platform to launch a killer move which saw him use the dummy runners to create his own gap and go through straight under the posts. Reddington stepped up to play a game of crossbar challenge, with the ball clipping the woodwork spinning it over for the conversion.

East Leake were to kick Royces back into their own half, but soon were forced to run back to their own try line as Charlie released the backs, or rather prop turned wing, as James McGloin came agonisingly close to scoring on his debut, but in the end popped the ball for Arran to get his second. Royce’s were to find themselves in their own half for brief periods in the second half, but good work from the forwards set up for the lines to be cleared whenever necessary.

As Royce’s were creating multiple chances, the forwards decided they wanted in on the scoring and the last two tries went to the pack. Charlie looked to have scored another only to knock the ball forward on the line. The resultant scrum led to a series of plays where East Leake tried to run it out of their own 22. This backfired as their fly half attempted to run past Danny Reddington only to shout “he took my ball” complaining to the referee/teacher that people weren’t allowed to take his stuff. Royce’s set up the ruck for the ball to be passed out to Byron Edwards to ride a tackle and emphatically celebrate putting the ball down, with Charlie adding the difficult conversion.

Alex Robinson was to score the final Royce’s try as another counter attack released Liam Talbot down the wing, who then offloading to aforementioned player to run in and then around some of the opposition in the try area, again Charlie added the extras. Royce’s then spent the final moments putting all the effort into keeping the clean sheet with some great covering tackles and Stuart Melvin rushing up at penalties to batter the lucky player. However it wasn’t to be as the last play of the match saw a cut back from the stand in fly-half leading to him being tackled over the line making the final result 45-5. Alex “Parling” Robinson was voted man of the match by the opposition for his performance and just generally being in the pub after the match.

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