Like a number of clubs in the lower leagues, Rosslyn Park are looking to get back to former glories. At the end of the 2019/20 National League One season, the team from The Rock came close to getting back into the second tier and are aiming to go one better this time around.
It’s certainly been a promising start with Rosslyn Park leading the way as the teams reach the halfway point of the campaign. Can they close out the season this time or will second placed Sale, along with other challengers such as Cinderford, Caldy and Chinnor, continue to cause frustration?
At their peak, Rosslyn Park were a force in English domestic rugby and they were finalists in the John Player Cup in two consecutive seasons from 1974/75. They produced a host of England internationals including Andy Ripley, Paul Ackford, Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter but things haven’t been quite so positive since the dawn of the professional era.
The club has spent much of the last 30 years in the lower tiers and are currently two steps away from the Premiership. With only one side earning promotion, that gap resembles a chasm for many but Rosslyn Park came close to sealing the title in 2019/20. After running eventual winners Richmond close for much of the campaign, cancellation of the later rounds deprived the club of the chance to overcome a seven-point gap.
This season should go the distance and Rosslyn Park are in a positive position as they approach the halfway stage. An eight-point advantage over Sale after 13 games is a healthy one but can they capitalise?
A neutral standpoint can always offer better insight into a team’s chances of success. The sportsbooks are generally seen as reliable judges and they will always provide an honest assessment of the favourites and the outsiders.
There aren’t too many markets for National League Rugby as opposed to the Premiership or the Championship but there are possibilities. Online sports betting companies affiliated with sbo.net list odds and they generally follow the current league table.
Rosslyn Park are favourites to take the title and to enjoy the subsequent promotion that comes with it. Among the chasing pack are those that are closest to Rosslyn Park in the table and that list includes Sale FC, Chinnor, Caldy, Cambridge and Cinderford.
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Where markets exist, Rosslyn Park will be a popular pick for the league title but what does the club need to do to cling on to that top spot?
Key to Success
The turning point for Rosslyn Park may have come at the very start of December. Against title rivals Chinnor, Coach John Mills’ side just held on to claim a 28-27 victory. From a lead of 14-0, Park were pegged back but solid defence saw them cling on to the bonus point win.
It may sound obvious but one of the keys to success is to beat the teams around you. Crucial battles against the remaining top six sides are on the horizon and wins, with or without that bonus point, will extend the gap at the top.
Within that back row is arguably the most important player in the squad. There are frequent examples of captain and forward Hugo Ellis leading by example and getting his team over the line.
At 33, Ellis will need to draw on all of that experience, which includes stints at higher levels, to keep Rosslyn Park ahead of the pack in 2021/22.