Camelford 3 – Roseland 6

Roseland dog out victory over battling Camelford

On another blustery Saturday afternoon Roseland travelled to Camelford for the final league game of the “first half” of the season.

The final score of 6-3 to Roseland told the whole story. In a game of few chances created by either side this result went the way of the team that kicked their penalty goals.

Playing against the wind in the first half Roseland spent a lot of time defending against a highly motivated and charged Camelford side. Opting to go for touch from their penalties in this half probably ultimately cost camelford a prized victory against the league leaders. However at half time Roseland went in 3-0 down to a solitary penalty kick by Camelford’s scrum half.

With the wind at their backs Roseland started to gain some territory and authority in the game however some poor handling, poor decision making and excellent defence at crucial times prevented Roseland from gaining a stronger foothold.

Roseland did however gain two kickable penalties close together and centre Matt Eddy successfully landed both for a slender 6-3 lead.

With both sides unable to create many clear cut chances and both cancelling each other out this game, as David Flatman would put it, was a game for the purest of rugby fans with forward play dominating throughout.

Roseland were given a scare with time running out when for the last 7 or 8 minutes Camelford were camped inside there 22 and battering at Roseland’s line. However an heroic team rear guard effort kept the hosts at bay. Camelford did cross the whitewash but the referee judged the player in touch before grounding the ball.

Roseland saw out the final moments with the ball and secured the 4 points.

This was probably Roseland’s worst performance of the season but they still ground out the victory.

League action takes a break now until 16th January however Roseland are back at Camelford this weekend for a Tribute Cup group game, 2:30 kick off.