Grasshoppers victory bugs unlucky Hemel

Hemel Hempstead Camelot v Grasshoppers
Hemel Hempstead Camelot v Grasshoppers

RUGBY: Camelot were edged out 17-15 by Grasshoppers in a gruelling contest at home on Saturday.

Following some sustained early pressure, Grasshoppers took the lead with a converted try.

Camelot launched a strong attack from the restart and advanced into the opposition 22 for a scrum. The Hemel forwards piled on the pressure and eventually earned a penalty in front of the posts.

Scrum-half Gavin Jakeman stepped up and slotted the ball neatly between the posts to narrow the deficit to 7-3 after 12 minutes.

The home side attacked again after the restart and advanced back into the opposition half for a lineout on the 10 metre line.

That led to a scrum in the 22, before the ball was passed out to wing Adonis Marmaras who sprinted across the line. Jakeman converted to give the home side the advantage at 10-7 after 22 minutes.

Grasshoppers, though, hit back with a converted try of their own to take a 14-10 lead into half-time.

Hemel came out strongly after the interval and captain George Adams seized possession from a scrum to crash over and put his side 15-14 up.

However, with just five minutes remaining, the home side were penalised for off-side near their 10m line and the Grasshoppers kicked the penalty to snatch the victory.

Camelot seconds also lost narrowly away at Enfield, while the fourth XI won well at Welwyn.

Camelot U16 and the girls’ team also enjoyed good away wins.