Rosslyn Park up to second after a demolition of Worthing
10:47am Monday 28th October 2013 in Rugby Union
By Bob Evans
Rosslyn Park continued their outstanding start to the season at the Rock on Saturday by comprehensively beating National League One newcomers Worthing Raiders 48-17.
With this win Park climb to second in the table and are now the only unbeaten team in the league, after leaders Doncaster Knights lost at Henley.
The game got off to a cracking start. In the first 10 minutes there was a try apiece and a conversion and penalty from the trusty boot of Scott Sneddon.
As the match progressed after this hectic beginning, the Worthing backs looked dangerous on the few occasions that they got anything like good ball but, as in last week’s match at Blackheath, the Park pack were utterly dominant in the tight.
After a stalemate for 20 minutes or so, there were suddenly fireworks again in the 10 minutes leading up to half time.
After 31 minutes a superb Park backs’ move, initiated by an incursion into the line by Pete Hodgkinson, just fell short when flying winger Dom Shabbo was forced into touch.
From the line out, Richard Boyle stole the Raiders’ throw in and on rumbled the pack for eventually number eight Hugo Ellis to score one of his trademark tries, which Sneddon converted.
The away side hit back quickly with a try by lock Simon Gaynor when their forwards gave Park a little of their own medicine with a determined driving maul.
Govett converted, but with half time looming a fine passing movement by Park ended with centre Charlie Broughton smoothly accelerating through the defence to score a fine try.
Trailing by only 10 points at the interval, Worthing were still in the game but Park pretty much sealed their victory in the first few minutes of the second half.
Try as he will: Charlie Broughton goes over for Park
They were awarded a penalty try when the visitors could only halt yet another scrummage demolition job illegally.
This was converted by Sneddon and was immediately followed by speedster Broughton intercepting a pass and running half the length of the field to score his second try of the afternoon.
The remainder of the match was rather an anti-climax with Rosslyn Park firmly in control.
Raiders did defend bravely and from time to time put together an attacking threat but their only success was midway through the half when burly prop David Sargent barged his way over the line.
In reply Park roused themselves to score two more converted tries before the end from Sneddon and Ellis to complete an excellent victory.
Rosslyn Park: P.Hodgkinson; D.Shabbo (rep: E.Lewis-Pratt), C.Broughton, C.Gower, D.Vincent; S.Sneddon, J.Gash (rep: M.Heeks); A.Liffchak, A.Bellamy (rep: J.Clark), A.Mackenzie (rep: A.Lundberg); J.Inglis (rep: N.Broadbent), R.Boyle; L.Starling, S.Shires, H.Ellis.
Assist: Charlie Gower sets up another Park attack
Set: Jack Gash moves the ball out from a Park scrummage
Pressure: Worthing try to halt the run of James Inglis
Cheerio: Peter Hodgkinson slips a Worthing tackle
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