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First XV - Match centre

Watford
Bank of England
M Lee (2), C Routley, J Wilkinson
Full time
J Wilkinson (3)
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - London & SE Division - Herts/Middlesex 1

Bank Job Foiled

Watford earned a gutsy bonus point in a defeat to league leaders Bank of England.

After last weeks capitulation at Wasps, a big response was required. Whilst not a win, the performance went some way to dispelling the previous weeks blues.

A sizeable home crowd gathered for what proved to be an enthralling contest. Unfortunately for us, we failed to pick up on Bank’s gameplan of putting width on the ball at every opportunity and were two tries down before we had even touched the ball.

Thankfully Watford didn’t panic and we eased ourselves into the game. The basics were executed well, the returning luke Bees providing stability at the scrum and Ricky Flint finding his jumpers at the lineout with monotonous regularity. Sam Holloway and Josh Wilkinson both looked threatening with the ball in hand, frequently breaking the first tackle.

WRFC 1st XV vs Bank of England RFC 1st XV - 07th October 2017
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Our pressure eventually told, a 5m scrum judged to have been illegally halted by Bank for a penalty try. The visitors replied almost immediately with their third score, however Watford showed great character to once more force their way back into the game. A series of drives saw the visitors penalised, Bram putting the resultant penalty into the corner. From the subsequent drive Martin Lee was driven over for his first of the afternoon.

A promising half came to an end, Bank the stronger side but the home team definitely in the hunt. In what is becoming a concerning habit, Watford switched off for a ten minute period at the beginning of the second half and conceded three scores almost one after the other.

Whilst this was of course a negative, Watford can take great heart from the determination shown to get something out of a game in which they showed up well for long periods. Josh Wilkinson showed an outstanding turn of pace as well as composure to score a fine solo try from his own 22 before man of the match Chris Routley scored from close range.

We were guilty of pushing a bit too hard, a fumble gifting Bank their final score of the afternoon. The last word was however to go to Watford, Martin Lee scoring under the sticks from a quickly taken Mark Hill penalty with the final play of the game.

Man of the Match: Chris Routley. Worked hard on and off the ball and scored a deserved try.

WOTW: Hammill - hurt his leg at Tues training missing his first game in an age. Ricky - stag do, had to be done!

Key moments

15:00
Try Martin Lee scores for Watford
16:00
Conversion Joshua Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Watford
50:00
Try Chris Routley scores for Watford
64:00
Try Joshua Wilkinson scores for Watford
65:00
Conversion Joshua Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Watford
80:00
Try Martin Lee scores for Watford
80:00 +1:00
Conversion Joshua Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Watford

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Highlights

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80:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Chris Routley is awarded player of the match for Watford
80:00 +1:00 Conversion 31 - 0
Joshua Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Watford
80:00 Try 29 - 0
Martin Lee scores for Watford
65:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Joshua Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Watford
64:00 Try 22 - 0
Joshua Wilkinson scores for Watford
54:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Bank of England
51:00 Missed Conversion
Joshua Wilkinson misses a conversion for Watford
50:00 Try 17 - 0
Chris Routley scores for Watford
40:00 Sub Off
Simon Bram is substituted off for Watford
40:00 Sub On
Mark Hill is substituted on for Watford
End of period 1
30:00 Sub Off
John Portway is substituted off for Watford
30:00 Sub On
stephen james is substituted on for Watford
28:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Watford
16:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Joshua Wilkinson kicks a conversion for Watford
15:00 Try 5 - 0
Martin Lee scores for Watford
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As it happened

  • Watford
  • Bank of England
  • 0
  • Martin Lee Try 15:00'
  • Joshua Wilkinson Conversion 16:00'
  • Penalty Try 28:00'
  • John Portway Sub Off 30:00'
  • stephen james Sub On 30:00'
  • Simon Bram Sub Off 40:00'
  • Mark Hill Sub On 40:00'
  • Chris Routley Try 50:00'
  • Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Joshua Wilkinson Try 64:00'
  • Joshua Wilkinson Conversion 65:00'
  • Martin Lee Try 80:00'
  • Joshua Wilkinson Conversion 80:00 +1:00'
  • Chris Routley Player of the Match 80:00 +5:00'

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League round up

Other Herts/Middlesex 1 results

Old Actonians
29
33
U.C.S. Old Boys
26
0
London French
Staines
27
24
Hendon
24
41
67
7
Barnet Elizabethans

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Saracens Amateurs 5 14
7. Old Actonians 5 14
8. Hendon 5 11
9. Staines 5 9
10. Barnet Elizabethans 5 6
11. London French 5 4
12. Watford 5 2

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