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Your News Sevenoaks Acorns outclass Ashford in their first run out this season

A perfect balance of Sevenoaks Rugby youth and experience ran out for the Acorns on Saturday against a physical Ashford 2nd XV and delivered a measured yet commanding performance, to put more than 50 unanswered points on their opposition.

The Acorns’ strong and steady pack were coupled up to a fiery Academy backline that literally ran rings around their counterparts on a late summer afternoon where pacey rugby was always going to prevail. Oaks established a solid, stable platform in the forwards’ battle, from which to launch the young talent lying in wait from numbers 9 to 15. The notable exception to the mustangs in the backline was the headmasterly Mike McMorran at fly-half, belying the depth of his career to form a highly effective pairing with Aaron Newport, who in turn commanded his forwards and exploited the fringes with the confidence of an experienced scrum-half.

Early in the game the front row of Woolacot, Thurnell and John Henley (playing at hooker for the first time and acquitting himself admirably) had the measure of their opponents. Backed by the engine room pairing of Hutcheson and Nicholson in the second row, and Daniel, Kelly and Davies in the backrow, the Oaks scrum ruled virtually all the set-pieces, allowing Newport to unleash the electric pace in the backs in open play.

After an initial five minutes to find their balance, the scratch side unleashed a wave of attacks with linking runs and quick hands stretching the Ashford defence to its limits. It was inevitable that Oaks would find their way over the line within minutes and the opening score duly came, signalling the beginning of a try-fest that continued with metronomic pace through the game.

But the encounter was not without its casualties as two of the young turks fell victim to the hard ground and physicality of the opposition. Dan Barber, the youngest of the Sevenoaks Rugby family dynasty, had an early encouraging performance curtailed with an ankle injury while Dave Johnson suffered a fractured collarbone after a committed opening spell in the centre.

Nevertheless, Oaks regrouped and a quick reshuffle in the forwards, saw impact replacements Bampton join the throng and Lawrie Newport out in the backs for the remainder of the first half, with Lynch taking up position in the second row for the second.

Backrow Ben James, playing out of position on the wing, had a very thorough performance, providing his own interpretation of a ‘wing forward’, while young Sam McCorry showed cool-headed maturity in the centre and looked assured and quick all afternoon.

Ashford to their credit never gave up and maintained a spirited defence throughout, particularly on their own five metres towards the end of the game, but Sevenoaks’ strength up front and momentum in the backline was overwhelming and ultimately told the story of the game.

Ashford 2nd XV: 0 - Sevenoaks Acorns XV: 53

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