Camelot Secure Promotion with 10 try win
Datchworth are blown away in a rampaging 2nd half
With League Leaders, Hackney, beating 3rd placed Stevenage, Camelot cannot be caught in 2nd place with only 3 games remaining and will be promoted to London North West 2 next season
With last Saturday’s visitors Datchworth coming off a 3 match loosing run, Camelot perhaps thought that they were in for an easy afternoon.
After only 35 seconds, it looked as though that would be the case when Camelot scored straight from the kickoff when Centre Ryan Doyle strolled through a non-existent Datchworth defence to score. Fullback David St George McKenzie added the conversion. Camelot had a 7 point lead in under a minute.
However, what happened in the next 39 minutes had the crowd scratching their heads and the Camelot coach, Jason Lowde, pulling out what remaining hair he has.
Datchworth immediately hit back with a penalty kick and a converted try to take the lead, as the home side seemed to go to sleep.
Jack Field, Camelot’s 2nd row, got his team back into the game with a try. This came from an audacious break by Jamie Hearn on his own10 meter line and saw him link with Field 40 meters out from the Datchworth line. The 2nd row, who is all ‘arms and legs’ put on the after burners and saw-off 4 tacklers to race in under the posts. St George McKenzie added the extras for Camelot to regain the lead again (14-10).
Again Camelot’s normally solid defence was outflanked and Datchworth had their 2nd try which was duly converted and Camelot were behind again (14-17). With only 20 minutes gone and 4 tries the neutrals were getting an entertaining game.
The home side now found some consistency and ran in 2 tries in quick succession from Gary Jahn and St George McKenzie. With both conversions going over from St George McKenzie, Camelot had an 11 point lead and looked set for a comfortable bonus point win. (28-17)
With 8 minutes remaining in the half Datchworth showed that they still had something left and added their 3rd converted try and a penalty to be just 1 point behind. (28-27).
As the half ended Camelot skipper Nino Massa was given a Yellow Card for what appeared to be a bit of back chat to the referee but his side still had the narrowest of leads.
Whatever the Camelot coach said at half time had a galvanising effect on his side.
After Datchworth converted another Penalty early on to regain the lead, it became one-way traffic for the home side as they dominated the score sheet for the remainder of the game. The various Camelot substitutions appeared to have the right effect which, together with the side’s superior fitness, enabled them to score 6 unanswered converted tries.
Substitute Ross Merrett grabbed 2 (16 & 37 minutes), Jahn got his 2nd (21 minutes), Gamble chased, what appeared to be a lost cause, to score in the 27th minute, Substitute Haydn Morgan, returning from an injury, scored Camelot’s 8th try in the 30th minute, and back row, Gary Calder, linked up on the wing to score in the 35th minute. That was 42 unanswered points and gave Camelot an overwhelming 70-30 win.
With 8 players getting their names on the score sheet, it is hard to single out one player. However Full-Back, David St George McKenzie, deserves praise for his impeccable place kicking display. Having also scored one of the 10 tries, he slotted all 10 conversions.. This takes his seasons tally to over 150 points. This was probably one of the most consistent kicking displays seen at Chaulden Lane in many years.
Final Score 70-30
Camelot go to 3rd placed Stevenage on 25th March which is followed by a home fixture on 1st April against league leaders Hackney.
Tries Ryan Doyle, Jack Field, Gary Jahn (2), David St George McKenzie,
Ross Merrett (2), Aled Gamble, Hadyn Morgan, Gareth Calder.
Conversions David St George McKenzie (10)[/b]
1 Matt Kears
2 Nino Massa
3 Jamie McCutchen
4 Sean Meddeman
5 Jack Field
6 Gary Jahn
7 Will Temperley
8 Gareth Carder
9 Tom Aitken
10 Daniel O’Brien
11 Aled Gamble
12 Jamie Hearn
13 Ryan Doyle
14 Sean Johnson
15 David St George McKenzie
16 Joe Cox
17 Hadyn Morgan
18 Ross Merrett