Camelot II welcomed UCSOB’s to Boxmoor on Saturday for their last fixture of 2015, hoping a victory would keep then in the hunt for the first league title in two years – and once more the Knights marched over their adversaries in some style.
Right from kick-off Camelot signalled their intent by electing to kick to the opposition and immediately hit hard.
They turned the ball over in midfield for the backs to recycle the ball quickly for Simon Harper to crash through the middle to score on his return to the second team.
From the restart some sustained pressure led to Camelot getting the ball into the forwards who trundled over a hapless UCS pack and some magic from Sam Aitken at 9 and Tom Batson at 10 allowed Jim Allsop all the room he needed to make his way easily through the backline to score a fantastic try.
However, some lacklustre defence allowed UCS to get back into the game, bringing the scores to 12-7 before the half was out.
After half-time, a turnover by UCS in the centre of the pitch led to a neatly converted try to bring the scores to 12-14 in UCS’ favour.
Camelot, however, seldom let their heads drop and some excellent forward work exposed a gap in midfield, allowing the man of the match Jim Allsop through for his second try.
UCS came back strongly, only for Jack Field to turn over the ball from a ruck and bust through the UCS backs to race clear 60ms to score a superb try which was converted to make the scores 26-14 with only minutes to go.
At this point Camelot relaxed, allowing UCS to score a consolation right at the end to bring the scores to 26-19 to Hemel.
Special mentions to the Camelot pack who dominated all day, especially the front row of Andy McCutcheon, Stephen Greedy and Jon Byrne who destroyed the UCS scrum with the assistance of the excellent locks Matt Stone and Joe Drake.
Special mention must also got to Dylan Bransgrove at full-back who kicked all bar one of the tries and was strong and dependable all day.
Going into the Festive period, the Camelot Knights sit second in the league with a game in hand. Anyone looking to get back into rugby can contact Camelot or go training on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7pm.