Verulamians go top after Old Streetonians win
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Verulamians Rugby Club leapt above Old Streetonians to the summit of Herts Middlesex One after a 27-17 win at Cotlandswick.
It was the club’s third successive triumph this season and it came with a bonus point for four tries.
A reshuffle in the backs from last week’s narrow win over Royston was not a hindrance and within 10 minutes Vees were in front.
Sam Crowne took advantage of plenty of driving aggression from the forwards to secure the first from a line-out.
Tom Maile duly converted and a kick brought the next points, although it came from the unlikely boot of No.8 Michael Hollister, who audaciously dropped a goal from 25 metres out.
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Somehow though Vees let the visitors back into the game and they levelled things up.
But a try from skipper James Hayes ensured Vees led 15-10 at the break.
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Early in the second half George Irwin, playing unaccustomedly at scrum-half, produced one of his blistering darts resulting in a third score.
And the fourth came from Joe Seymour, who had both a strong attacking and defensive game, with jinking run ending up between the posts.
Maile again converted and although Old Streetonians got a late try, Vees had done more than enough to win.
Vees attacks were often the result of combined forward play in which Mike Ainsworth was outstanding in the second half.