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Hemel Hempstead (Camelot) RUFC
Aylesbury
Sun 27 Jan 11:00 - Friendly Full time

Visitors knocked for SIX in professional performance

Camelot keep clean sheet in comprehensive victory

After a couple of games in 2019 that have been a bit of a slog and a battle, this victory was very comprehensive with the boys managing the game superbly, making the right decisions and controlling the tempo of the match right from the very first minute. For the visitors, a very decent side, they must feel flabbergasted as to how, for the second time this season, they failed to chalk any points on the board against the boys in blue and white.

In reality, Camelot never really looked like conceding in this very one-sided victory, despite coming up against a side that were strong in the rucks and threatening to turnover in every contest, requiring full focus and concentration throughout. A slight shuffling off the pack saw Tommy start at full-back and within the opening minutes he gathered a clearance well and gained thirty metres before being thwarted ten metres out. Immediately his teammates were in support setting up a driving maul, which was eventually stopped just short of the try line.

Moments later Camelot had a line out on the Aylesbury twenty-two, pulling out a move straight from the training ground whereby Seb throws the ball in and then the Forwards...Woh, do you really think we are going to share the details on the website? If there are any Leeds United type spies watching the match then fair enough, but let's not make it easy for them! Seb broke from the line out to dart over the line to score. 5-0. Against a strong wind the conversion was missed.

Aylesbury looked to fight back, but just could not get any possession as Camelot battled for every ball and showed great patience playing through the phases, despite some strong attempts from the visitors to turn the ball over in the ruck. Maintaining control, the ball was popped out to Caolan out wide who used his pace and strength to out-run and out-muscle the defence, he had Terence in support, but didn't need him as he crossed the line to double the lead. 10-0. Another wind-affected conversion attempt fell short.

With Aylesbury under pressure they faced a scrum put-in on their own five metre line after George had broken through and just failed to cross the line before being tackled, they moved the ball out for a kick clearance that was intended to provide some breathing space, but instead it landed into the arms of James Norman on the wing who wasted no time in darting to the corner to score. 15-0. Still windy, in the corner, the conversion was missed.

There was time for one more try before the interval. A good attacking move from Camelot gave them a chance to show off some great handling skills, Seb in particular moving the ball quickly through the hands before Freddie feigned going one way and then switching direction, flipping the ball out to Dan who found the space to score. Dan added the conversion to make the score 22-0 at the interval.

After the break the physicality seemed to intensify and indeed there were some fisticuffs going on in front of the posts as a great Camelot move saw the ball spread across the width of the pitch following another strong scrum, James Norman eventually finishing the move with a score in the corner. The referee had a few handbags to deal with before the conversion could be attempted, eventually it fell just short. 27-0.

Camelot were well on top now and threatening to score with every attack. Terence had a good break out wide, popped the ball to Edward who drove to within a couple of metres of the try line. Again the support was very quickly on hand to form the ruck and build the next phase, controlling the game and creating the opportunity for James Isaacs to mole his way through a gap to score.32-0.

The next try came from another line out move, one that had only very recently been talked about and never practiced, it involved...Again, don't be silly, we are not going to give that one away. It finished with Seb scoring his second of the match and move Camelot into a 37-0 lead.

Back in November Camelot left Aylesbury with a 39-0 victory, a result that did not truly reflect how close the contest was, that scoreline was surpassed in the dying minutes when Dan showed exceptional pace for so late in the game, breaking through to score right under the posts to set up an easy conversion to finish the match. A very comprehensive victory in which the boys never seemed to do anything particularly special, yet everything they did seemed to be the right thing and as a unit they were simply unbeatable on the day.

FT: Camelot 44-0 Aylesbury
Tries: Dan 2, Seb 2, James N 2, Caolan, James Isaacs
Cons: Dan 2

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