Phenomenal courage and skill not quite enough for Colts

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Twickenham 22 Camelot Colts 5

The Colts played away against a good Twickenham side, starting against the wind and with no subs on the bench.

Camelot have been playing exceptional rugby all season and have nothing to fear except perhaps going one man down after 10 minutes, which is what happened when centre Gus Halfyard aggravated a hamstring.

This left them with a numerical disadvantage in their normally dominant back division with more than an hour of rugby still to play.

Camelot seemed unaffected by the loss as they put together a series of attacking moves that brought Jack Field – playing his first match at second row – into the line to link up with centre Jack Miller for a good try in the corner.

Twickenham scored in reply shortly afterwards, spurring Camelot to knuckle down to a phenomenal display of courage and skill for the next 40 minutes or so, keeping Twickenham’s larger pack and strong runners under control with a show of ferocious tackling and rapid counter attacks.

Fly-half Conor Flannery was on good form once again, kicking with pin-point accuracy despite the wind. Unknown to everyone until afterwards, he had suffered a slight concussion early in the match and was operating on auto-pilot, which perhaps helps to explain an uncharacteristic loose pass which ws intercepted by the opposition for a runaway try.

This left too much to do in too short a time and Camelot finally began to wane, having battled unflinchingly all afternoon.

A final Twickenham try sealed Camelot’s fate and leaves them midway in the league table.