Verulamians storm to Herts Presidents’ Trophy success against Watford at Allianz Park
- Credit: Archant
A 20-point blitz in the opening 10 minutes of the second half was enough to give Verulamians a comfortable 46-10 win over Watford in the final of the Herts President’s Trophy.
Two converted tries and two penalties did the damage as the London Colney-based club picked up the trophy at a sunny Allianz Park.
First second rows Robin Wildey and Mike Ainsworth combined to put the latter over then Sam Allen scorched a trail down the right wing to score in the corner.
Alex Ricci added the extras and kicked two penalties in between to put Vees out of sight.
They would add two further tries to add to the two before the break.
It was almost the perfect performance with Vees looking like scoring at will at times. But it had all started in calamitous circumstances.
Just three minutes were on the clock when Jack Alyson, in an attempt to push the play wide, tried a diving pass. Unfortunately Sam Holloway was on hand to intercept and stroll in unopposed.
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But the try seemed to focus Verulamians, and Alyson in particular showed no signs of dwelling on his mistake.
The fly-half surged through a gap and only frantic defending kept them out.
Ricci was presented with his first shot at posts when that defending slipped over into the illegal but his kick from a difficult angle went wide.
However, it wasn’t long before Vees got on the scoreboard.
The lineout did its job in securing the ball and after a couple of drives, the pack touched down. Ricci added the conversion to give them the lead.
The remainder of the half saw play stay in the Watford half and the team from had a further blow when influential captain Martin Lee withdrew with a shoulder injury.
Their cause was hindered further when they were reduced to 14 men and Verulamians made them pay right on the stroke of half-time
Mike Hollister picked up at the back of the scrum to glide in through the tacklers.
That second half blitz killed the game off as a contest and there could have been more than the two they did score.
Hollister went over after good work from Sam Townsend and it was fitting that coach Tom Ross, on as a replacement in his final game for the club, finished things off for Vees.
Watford did manage a late consolation but this was Verulamians’ day.
Vees: Bloomfield, Hayes, Brace, Wildey, Ainsworth, Townsend, Westhead, Hollister, Craig, Alyson, Aherne, Russell, Rangihuna, Allen, Ricci
Replacements: Mack, Ross, Waters, Baker
Watford: M.Lee, Hammill, Horrocks, Powell, McClennon, Wilson, Philpott, Bees, Hill, Butcher, Reeve, A.Lee, Holloway, Braun, Wilkinson
Replacements: Greyling, Dunlop, Kingsford, Portway