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Canterbury 3rd XV 19-23 Sevenoaks Extra 1st XV

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in Canterbury when Sevenoaks kicked off against a highy fancied Canterbury team for their first league game of the season. The task of winning was made even greater with the news that Canterbury's 2nd XV did not have a game and that at least 6 of Sevenoaks' opposition were 2nd XV players.

Sevenoaks got off to a strong start, with forwards having the upper hand in the breakdowns and open play, and a back line which simply oozed quality. However, the class of Canterbury's back line and organisation soon showed,

turning defense into attack and quickly camping in the Oaks 22 before finishing off a good try in the corner that they were unable to convert.

Sevenoaks responded immediately, with a powerful run from Malcolm McCulloch from a line out resulting in a touch down that was converted by ' Man of the Match' Matt Bates.

Sevenoaks never looked back, and continued pressing the Canterbury defense. The back line caused Canterbury a whole host of problems, with the likes of

Will Barber running some fantastic lines and Jon Pollock playing like a man with a point to prove running and defending excellently throughout the 80 minute

period.

Half time came with Sevenoaks leading by a small margin, thanks to a 3 point penalty. The second half though is where Sevenoaks really showed exactly where all the hard work put in over the summer pays off. The forwards dominated the heavier Canterbury pack, and the backs seemed to break taclkes at will, and in fact touched the ball down for 2 disallowed tries before Adam Suttill spotted the opposition full back out of position and put a kick in which he took expertly on the bounce before touching down under the posts for a try

that no-one could deny. Another penalty and drop goal from Bates gave Sevenoaks some breathing room, until Canterbury hit back with a try of their own to leave it down to a very interesting last 10 minutes. Sevenoaks, though, defended like true heroes and despite the fact that Canterbury were camped on the Oaks 5m line for the majority of the ten minutes they were unable to convert, and Sevenoaks came away fully deserving winners at 23-19.

The performance that almost made former 2nd XV captain, and spectator on the day Dan Scott nearly eat his chair, was truly testament to the dedication the whole team had put in over the summer, as well as an excellent pre-season structure at the club. It sends a true and strong message to the rest of the league that Sevenoaks second team mean business this year, and hope to be pushing for top spot in the league come April next year.

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