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Your News Sevenoaks A XV continue their winning ways

Sevenoaks Axv followed up their victory over arch rivals Maidstone with a comprehensive 38-5 victory over a sporting Gravesend side on Saturday.

Played in temperate conditions which were not to the liking of the pasty 'Oaks 9 who appeared to maintain a perfect lobster pink throughout the proceedings.

The game kicked off with 'Oaks taking the game to Gravesend. Early work from the forwards yielded an early penalty opportunity in front of the sticks which was fluffed by Kavanagh. From the resulting 22 drop out the ball was taken on by the Tyrone Terror Kelly,laid back for Hutcheson who took it forward with support from Tim "I got lost in my own garage" Bampton. The ball was set back but an infringement on the deck by the Gravesend pack gave another penalty opportunity to 'Oaks which was duly missed by Kavanagh.With the forwards on starting to gain dominance around the park Montassagne ably assisted by Mike "Ming" Woods and Phil "Devon" Woolacott started robbing ball at the Gravesend put in. With the lions share of possession 'Oaks were struggling to get the points on the board, but the nature of the play and general handling from the backs led at 10 by George Bantin it was only a matter of time before the Gravesend resistance was broken. The breakthrough occurred rather fortuitiously, with Bantin intercepting a loose pass from the Gravesend 10 and clearing the cover defence to score in the corner. Kavanagh converted from the touchline to provide a 7 point lead. This was quickly followed by another try from Aldred, Montassagne stole against the head and Kavanagh seeing the 15 out of position finally managed to weight a kick properly which was scooped by Louis to score which was converted. 10 minutes later Wattmough manged to get his first try of the afternoon following great link up play from Sam Miles who was having a massive game at 8 and the impressive Sam McCroary. The as the half moved towards its conclusion @oaks were unfortunate not to score again following an enormous tackle by Gellaty on the Gravesend 8, the ball was turned over by Sam Miles and shifted quickly by Rosier to Miles who was bundled into touch.

The second half started with Billy getting on the scoresheet for the first time this season. After tremendous driving from the forwards the ball was moved to Rosier who chipped ahead and regathered as the defence floundered to score under the posts. This was again converted and 'Oaks were now in the box seat. This was soon followed by Wattmough's second of the afternoon following a break from Bantin. Having brought on Browning for Bampton and Henley along with Paul Lockey, 'Oaks looked to increase the tempo and run in several more. Unfortunately Bantin took a blow to the head which required his substitution, after the 10 minue break Gravesend sportingly allowed 'Oaks to bring on another player to even the teams. The reshuffle resulted in Wattmough moving to 10 and this immediately paid dividends, taking a short pop ball of the back of a ruck before demolishing half the Gravesend to score in the corner. With the game sewn up a momentary lack of focus saw Gravesend score from a driving maul off a lineout. The final 10 minutes of the game saw 'Oaks try to get another try with some excellent counter attacking from the eager MrCrory.

This was an excellant result for the team considering the 12 changes in personel from the previous week but it again showed the Rosier's ability to get players to buy into the ethos which is now engrained in this team from the previous incumbants Phillips and Monks.

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