1stXV v Rosslyn Park, Sat 6th Feb 2016, Match Preview
Ampthill welcome Rosslyn Park for their first visit to Dillingham Park this Saturday .
Rosslyn Park was founded in 1879 by a group of young men looking for winter sport. Having played ad hoc cricket in the grounds of Rosslyn House, part of the Rosslyn Park estate, they set up a cricket club and took the name Rosslyn Park subsequently adding a football club which took the same name. Surprisingly, neither the cricket club nor the rugby club ever played within Rosslyn Park.
Originally based near Hampstead Heath at Southend End Green they first moved to nearby Gospel Oak (1881), then in 1885 to Gunnersbury Lane, Acton before becoming tenants at Old Deer Park, Richmond where they remained until 1956, moving to Roehampton where they became landlords.
In 1892 Park travelled to Paris to play Stade Français becoming the first English to club to play in Europe in the process. In 1912 Park played the first ever games of rugby in Prague, Budapest & Vienna.
Runners up to Ealing last season, Park started well winning their first four games, but since then they have had mixed results. They currently lie 8th in the National 1 table with a played 20 won 12 record.
Our 1stXV suffered their 7th defeat of the season last weekend away to Blackheath. Ampthill dominated the first half taking a 0-12 lead but spurned further scoring opportunities. The hosts took advantage of poor discipline to kick two penalty goals in the last 3 minutes to trail 6-12 at half time. The second half saw more indiscipline with the visitors on the back foot playing 25 minutes with 14 on the field resulting in a 21-15 final score. A’s lie 6th in the table, just 2 places and 4 points in front of Rosslyn Park.
Changes to the 1stXV squad this week
Forwards:- Aleki Lutui starts at hooker with Matthew Collins at tighthead, Benjamin Gulliver returns from suspension at lock and Darrell Dyer moves from wing to blindside.
Backs:- Karim Lynch returns from injury at fullback with Elliot Clements-Hill moving to wing.
Replacements:- Viliami Ma’asi & Kennet O’Neill rotate to the bench.