In a game of 67 points and 10 tries in which both teams collected try scoring bonus points, the final score did not reflect the fact that both teams had equal amounts of possession and both teams played some excellent attacking Rugby. The difference was that Park took all their chances, ruthlessly cashing in on home team errors with man of the match, Fly Half Brandon Lewsey, scoring a hat trick of tries and kicking 13 points to give him a total of 28 points for the game. Lewsey was aided by an excellent performance from Fullback Rob Jack who scored two well taken individual tries showing great pace to shatter the home team’s defence. In the forwards, 2nd Row Phil Doherty was prominent throughout, winning good lineout ball and competing strongly in all phases.
Rushden took an early lead 5-0 before Lewsey began his scoring. Firstly, he kicked a penalty and then barged over for a try which he converted followed up by a sharply taken interception try, again converted, giving Park a 17-5 lead. Rob Jack then scored two excellent tris, one converted by Lewsey, with the home team scoring a try of their own to take the score to 29-10 to Park. Next a mix up in the home team midfield gave Centre Alfie Daly an opportunity which he quickly turned into a further try for Park converted by Lewsey. A further interception try by Lewsey was matched by the home team who added two more tries to make the final score 43-24 to Park to conclude an entertaining game and a deserved victory for Park.
Park’s 2nd XV completed a comprehensive 83 – 0 victory over neighbours Luton RFC to maintain their successful season.
Stockwood Park Ex Colts, Lock Forward Connor Underwood and Tight Head Prop Forward Sean Keegan, both made their County debuts on Sunday for the East Midlands RU Under 20’s Fixture with Notts. Lincs and Derby Under 20’s in the National Under 20’s County Championship, played at Leighton Buzzard RFC. The East Midlands won 24-5 with Sean Keegan barging over for a try on his debut. President of the East Midlands RU, Nick Powley, commented that “both players acquitted themselves well and made good contributions to the victory “.