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Your News Rosslyn Park 6 - Bridgwater & Albion 3

At full-time both sides were applauded from the field. The appalling conditions effectively kyboshed the sort of open running rugby with which Park had destroyed the opposition in their previous home matches. Faced with one of the best packs in the League this was always going to be tight but - as befits a side playing at home and occupying the higher position in the table - Park deserved their win. But an excellent Albion side made them fight every inch of the way. As wars of attrition go, it was a compelling spectacle.

On a slippery pitch with pouring rain and a blustery wind, the initial sparring was enough to demonstrate that passing movements would be at a premium. The first real chance fell to the visitors after 8 minutes in the form of a penalty, but Cozens kick was well wide. Briefly Bridgwater had the better of the play, but the home side coped comfortably.

When Park broke out they very nearly scored. Adam Gates drove at the opposition, Dylan Pugh hacked on but picking up the slippery ball at full pace defeated even Parks backs and it was knocked on. Park now had a distinct advantage and drove to the line only to be penalised for not releasing. Back on the attack, Park forced a penalty for Pugh to put them 3-0 up after 21 minutes.

Almost from kick off, Park themselves conceded a penalty, which Bridgwater kicked to touch in the home 22. Their subsequent move was ended with a mighty tackle that saw the visiting player hit the deck like the proverbial sack of spuds. This led to a visiting flanker entering the subsequent ruck with malice aforethought and receiving a yellow card for his trouble. It was an isolated incident in a match that was hard but fairly contested and well-refereed.

Park cleared their lines, but messed up the consequent line out and the short-handed visitors were able to prevent any further score before the interval.

Park started the second half as if they meant business, pinned back Bridgwater and were awarded an eminently kickable penalty. However, to poor Dylan Pughs embarrassment, there was nothing he could do when his pivoting leg slipped from under him and he landed sitting down as the ball veered wide.

No matter, the home side returned to the attack, caught the visitors offside and Pughs footing remained intact for a more difficult kick than the previous one to sail between the posts for 6-0. Almost from the restart, Park themselves were caught offside and Cozens reduced the deficit to 3 points again.

The home side had the better of the remaining hostilities, but were nearly undone when a handling error allowed the visitors to hack on and suddenly Park were forced to touch down behind their own line.

Park recovered, forcing two attacking line outs in the visiting 22 and were eventually rewarded with a penalty out wide with 5 minutes to go. It looked impossible in the conditions, but Rhys Goslings kick only just missed the near post. Park never really looked likely to lose, when they were able to give them the ball their backs looked a different class, but Bridgwater were a good side, defended superbly and in diabolical conditions well deserved their bonus point.

In the wretched weather, one did feel at the end that the players should have returned the compliment, and applauded the spectators off too!!

Park: Simmons; Strong, Jewell, ODriscoll, Canty; Pugh (Gosling); Barr; Charlton, Ritchie (Taialo), Blom; Forster, Quigley; Jones (Frazier), Cooper (Underwood), Gates.

Park scorer: Pugh (2P)

Sub (did not play): Roche.

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