07:51PM, Saturday 18 January 2020
Maidenhead RFC 22, Launceston 17
Ben Mitchell’s double and Dave Cole’s solo try helped Maidenhead RFC overcome a lively Launceston outfit on Saturday and extend a run of five matches unbeaten.
The game had all the makings to be a classic as the Cornish side arrived at Braywick Park looking to settle old scores after Maids narrowly beat them 42-43 in early October. Mobbs-Smith’s men, on the other hand, were looking to continue their flawless start to 2020 with a result to boost their promotion hopes.
Will Runciman chalked on the first points of the afternoon with a penalty inside 17 minutes. It only took ten minutes after that for Maidenhead to score their first try following a fluid team move.
Ross Muil lead the charge for Maids to swiftly break and offloaded the ball to Chris Campbell who was running alongside him. Campbell then passed it once more to Mitchell who skipped over to the corner and touched down. Runciman added the extras to give the hosts a 10-0 lead.
On occasions, Maidenhead may have been guilty of overworking matters and from a misplaced pass in the middle of the park, the visitors found themselves with the ball and ran home a try of their own on the stroke of half time.
Dan Pearce slotted away the conversion to narrow down Maidenhead’s advantage to just three points and give Mobbs-Smith plenty to think at half time, the score 10-7.
But in routine fashion, Maidenhead came into the second half with a stunning tempo and such an intensity gave Dave Cole the opportunity to touch down another try.
Maids kept the ball rolling and Mitchell nabbed his second try of the game with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The score 22-7.
Mobbs-Smith’s men could only keep up the tempo for so long before Launceston capitalised on their hosts’ fatigue to secure another try.
With a spell of high pressure deep in Maids’ half, Launceston soon penetrated the 22 and went over with a rolling maul to set up a nervy finish.
A late penalty for Launceston brought the score line to 22-17 as it looked like another tight result was on the cards. But the stop-start whistles from the referee in the game’s closing stages gave neither side an opportunity to build any more notable chances and full time was blown for shortly after.
“We played with a bit more purpose in the early second half.”— Joshua Browne (@JoshuaB_BM) January 18, 2020
I caught up with @maidsrfc captain Myke Parrott after the game this afternoon.
Hear what he had to say on his team’s performance. pic.twitter.com/OSGvGp2QFY
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