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Further signs of an overall successful season for Dorking became apparent on Saturday afternoon when the A XV’s travelled to Guildford for their second league fixture. With the summer having been put on hold for the month of August, it once again made up for it this Saturday afternoon with further sweltering temperatures kindly provided by global warming itself. However, despite Dorking’s yet again full strength side, Guildford were still riding high on their previous weeks triumph over London South Africa and as such, victory for Dorking was never a given.

A fast and open game was once again the tone set from kick off and yet frustratingly the arrival of the first try did not greet us as early as would have been liked. Until, out of nowhere and as much to his own amazement as for everyone else, Oliver Buckland produced something which bore the uncanny resemblance to that of a side step, thus beating his opposite man! This inspiration quickly spread through the remaining 14 players leading to some aggressive phases and some positive rucking, quick thinking No. 8 Rob Fee used this to his advantage, punching through several players to steal the first try of the afternoon.

The following few scores came within relatively quick succession. Having again been blessed with our 1st XV substitute backline and the luxury of Chris Brown’s fast feet, Chris managed to gracefully glide through for his first of the day. Michael Davis, one of our effective reserves dutifully cut his sun bathing session short to fill in as the temporary blood replacement only to use this time wisely and put further points on the board. Ollie Keenan felt the desire to do the same and consequently added his name to the score board. At this point heads began to drop amongst the opposition players, resulting in a combination of poor banter and angry props with ginger beards.

Ben Allard opened up the try-scoring of the second half with a tremendous solo effort, applying an elegant chip and chase. The following kick off was equally elegant with Mike Botcherby deciding that a straight forward catch was far too ordinary and that a back pass off the noggins was the way forward. Once cleared up, the remaining tries were duly secured by Chris Brown, Chris Brown and Jamie O’Brien who himself over the course of the day naturally converted 5 of the above scores.

Spencer Richards once again demonstrated further destructive power that still is yet to reward him with a try. Youthful U17 National cup winning fly-half, Adam Cooper used his flare to good effect, confirming that the bench is not the best place for his talent to reside. The Gardner brothers opened up many options with plenty of their own ball time. And finally, Harry Watts cannot go unmentioned with his debut performance in the back row. Taking to it like a duck to water he added great support to those around him in attack and provided faultless defence.

An injury free side was a welcomed outcome of the game, already putting us in a very strong position for next week’s home fixture against tough opposition Purley John Fisher who has in the past also had much strength and depth at their disposal.

Dorking A XV Squad: Mclean, Marlow, Buckland, Botcherby, Puttick, Kruis, Watts, Fee, Gardner A, Shephard, Keenan, Allard, O’Brien, Brown, Richards. Subs: Shaun, Cooper T, Cooper A, Gardner E, Davis

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