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Sevenoaks: 46 Eastbourne: 24

SEVENOAKS first XV picked up where they left off last week with their second consecutive league win and their fourth of the season in front of a packed crowd at Knole Paddock on Saturday.

Oaks started the game confidently and looked much the better side following some dangerous running from the backs, in particularly from full back Matt Bates, who was standing in for the suspended Alex Barber.

And it was Bates who opened the scoring with a well taken try, converted by Wessel Booysen, before the South African fly-half added a penalty after the visitors were pinged for offside.

Oaks went into the first half interval trailing 14-10 partly due to Eastbourne scoring two converted tries but mainly because the home team squandered no less than five try scoring opportunities with poor hands in the backs.

Against better opposition Oaks will have to make sure they finish the chances they have done so well to create.

The team talk at half time obviously did the job, though, as Sevenoaks came out firing in the second half. They played to their game plan and kept the tempo at a level that Eastbourne could not control.

The home team raced into a comfortable 31-14 lead with three converted tries following some excellent interaction between the forwards and the backs resulting in some of the best tries Knole Paddock has seen in years.

The lineout worked well for the second week running with Ollie Hoare dominating both home and away throws. Defensively Sevenoaks picked up their game in the second half, led with some hard tacking by Ed Alteirac, who also got himself on the scoresheet with some fancy footwork.

Both sides added two further unconverted tries to leave the final scoreboard reading Sevenoaks 46, Eastbourne 24.

Fitness once again showed in the second half and in the end Sevenoaks cruised to an easy victory. They must improve on taking their chances in attack and also tighten up their defence for some tough forthcoming matches.

Captain Robbie Unwin, who has been filling in for the injured Tim Golds, said after the game: “We put in a much improved attacking display on Saturday against Eastbourne and at times played some brilliant rugby.

“Some of the team tries scored on the Paddock would have no doubt pleased the coaching staff who have been pushing the guys to play simple, clinical rugby.

“Man of the match Matt Bates had a great game at full back, dotting down twice and creating havoc out wide for the Eastbourne backs. A special mention should also go to Ed Alteirac, whose footwork for his try was of a standard not usually reached until the latter stages of Strictly Come Dancing!

“It wasn’t all plain sailing, though, and there were a number of defensive lapses as well as individual mistakes which will mean the boys have been kept busy at training this week in preparation for what will no doubt be a stern test down at Old Reigatians on Saturday.”

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