Rugby Union: Late fightback not enough as UCS Old Boys lose at Watford in Herts/Middlesex One
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Herts/Middlesex One: Watford 24 UCS Old Boys 22
A late fightback from UCS Old Boys proved in vein as they went down 24-22 at Watford in Herts/Middlesex One.
Play began with a Watford knock-on giving Ben Brooks on the wing a clear scoring overlap, though the referee brought play back without playing an advantage.
After fifteen minutes, a Watford-won scrum led to a centre’s breakthrough try, which was converted.
Ten minutes later, UCS drove over from a lineout with Alex Turton touching down, though the conversion was missed.
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With ten minutes left in the first half, an opposition centre broke through the Old Boys defence to touch down under the posts for a converted try as the hosts led 14-5 at the break.
At the beginning of the second half, Old Boys had a wing sent to the sin bin for a stiff-arm tackle, but the visitors were not unduly impeded by being a man light.
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There followed an impressive try under the posts from Chris Bean direct from a penalty, which was converted as Old Boys trailed 14-12.
Five minutes later, Tim Hyland then took UCS into the lead by one point with a further penalty kick.
The Watford response was swift, with an unconverted try three minutes later seeing them lead 19-15.
With seven minutes to go, the game took an even more nail-biting turn when a UCS kick from hand failed to reach touch and was returned by a Watford back, who ran through to extend the hosts’ lead.
It was after this that the UCS fightback began in earnest, with four minutes of play left when, from a scrum, Bean broke round the side to crunch through some of the defence.
Bean delivered a superbly-timed pass to debutant Tom Conchie, who took his chance to power through the remainder of the Watford pack at a sharp angle to score.
Hyland put the conversion between the uprights, making it a two-point game with two minutes to go.
Several phases of UCS possession ended with the final whistle as the hosts suffered a narrow defeat.
UCS visit Saracens Amateurs on Friday.