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Your News Rosslyn Park 2XV 24 - Esher 2XV 22

This match was every bit as exciting as the scoreline suggests; Park dominating the first half, Esher coming back to take the lead, only for Park themselves to come back and grab a winning try with the final play of the match. There was also an interesting blend of old favourites on their way back from injury and new players stepping up from Development to add spice to the occasion.

It was something new that first came to attention, with a good bit of improvisation from speedy young winger Tom Cuff-Burnett who outstripped his opponent for a ball just too far in front of him but showed superb soccer skills to chip it on where someone returning Quintin Coetzer got there first to touch down. Coetzers pairing with another returnee, Dan Singer, in the centre should ensure real competition for those places next season. Matt Dowses conversion attempt hit the far post.

Park were having all the play and were robbed of another likely score when Esher failed to release inside their 22 but the kick was awarded the other way. A penalty saw Dowse float the ball perfectly into the corner but Eshers resistance was committed and well-organised and kept Park out until the 22nd minute when Blemings went over, Dowse converting for 12-0.

Doug Rodman received an injury which brought onto the pitch the youngest of the Starling clan Craig who lost no time in introducing himself to Esher with some thumping tackles.

Esher looked a side transformed for the second half and flew at Park, scoring two early tries, one in each corner, to reduce their arrears to 12-10. But Park were soon back at them and an Esher defender earned a yellow-card for his troubles in stopping them. Tim Heenan, replacing Tito at prop, put in some terrific mauling to gain the ball, a quick offload and a fine move finished off by Coetzer produced a try that would have graced any match. Dowse added another good conversion for 19-10.

Esher came back again and Park were forced to defend well, but when they did break out they very nearly scored again, hacking the ball over the line but a defender got there first. Back came Esher, who managed to launch their large winger at the line and a desperate tackle from diminutive scrum half George Needs another youngster of definite promise was never going to halt his momentum to make it 19-15.

Martin Ridley then replaced Cuff-Burnett (Duncan Traynor also returning from injury on the other wing) with physio Pippa visibly wincing as he nailed his man with a first typical Ridders tackle. There was some smart play between Dowse and Heenan that nearly created something before another delightful chip from Dowse nearly put Park in again. But it was Esher who scored next with almost a carbon copy of their previous try, this time converted for a lead of 22-19.

Park threw everything at the opposition as the match went into injury time and the last play of the game saw Park taking a quick tap penalty and a great piece of work by Coetzer released Traynor who looked more than slightly delighted to score the winner against his old club.

Park: Boyle; Turner (Traynor), Coetzer, Singer (Kendall), Cuff-Burnett (Ridley); Needs (Browne); Dowse; Daw (Charlton), Blemings (Kearns), Tito (Heenan); Ryan, Currie; Rodman (Starling), Jones, Corin.

Scorers: Coetzer (2T), Blemings (T), Traynor (T), Dowse (2C)

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