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Sevenoaks 26 Beckenham 5

Sevenoaks 5 Beckenham 0

Under 13s get off to winning start

The under 13s took two mixed ability sides to play tough rivals Beckenham on a rain swept Sunday and emerged victorious in both games. In the first game Oaks opted to play into the wind and rain in the first half and were immediately put under pressure by a determined home side. However, the work rate of the pack was immense and the front row of Vizard, Small and Briggs took much credit for 5 strikes against the head to alleviate the pressure. With the pack beginning to dominate stand in fly half McKerlie grew in confidence and repeatedly fed powerful centre Urquhart who broke the defensive line time and again. As Oaks worked their way up the pitch Wheadon crashed over from a short penalty and McKerlie converted. With confidence high penetrating attacks by Vizard and new number 8 Thompson kept Beckenham under pressure but it took an outstanding break by Urquhart for Oaks to score again. Hauled down 20 metres short of the line he offloaded in the tackle to Wheadon who in turn fed skipper Vizard for a superb score from Oaks three county players.

Turning round 12-0 up Oaks eased off a little and the home sides powerful centre started to run the ball with more ambition. Superb defence by centre Martyn and full back Holland kept the line intact but eventually the pressure told and Beckenham scored a well worked try which went unconverted. As the weather worsened this score woke Oaks up, with excellent box kicking by scrum half Scarsi pinning the home side in their own 22. Constant pressure led to a great individual try from a tap penalty by Vizard which was converted. With the match won Oaks started to play a more expansive game and the wingers were brought into play. A superb series of attacks on both sides of the pitch stretched the home side and gaps appeared before Urquhart broke two tackles to slide in for the final, converted try and a very good 26-5 win over a good side.

In the second game Oaks faced a massive pack and heroic work from the front 5 was augmented by an outstanding performance from number 8 Thresher and flankers Jeffries and Morgan, who didnt miss a tackle between them. Playing with the conditions in the first half the home side hammered at the Oaks line but the last ditch defence of full back Burleigh and the midfield of Poland, Fearn and McKay was truly outstanding and we reached half time 0-0. However, Beckenham adopted sensible tactics in the second half by feeding the ball to their two huge second rows who ran at the Oaks defence with aggression and hunger. With Killick and Taylor in the second row competing aggressively against their bigger counterparts fly half Poland started to run the show with timely passing and confident breaks. One such break led to the award of a penalty which flanker Morgan took quickly. Offloading in the tackle to his colleague Jeffries there was still much work to do but the flanker evaded 4 tackles before crashing over for a welcome and deserved try which proved to be the only score of the game. Played in appalling conditions this was an attritional match and Oaks, with several inexperienced players in their team, showed huge character to hold out for a superb win.

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